The Ignite Ideas program aims to give a boost to start-ups and small-to-medium-businesses in order to scale up innovations and contribute to the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
Innovation Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said entrepreneurs with bright ideas for new, job creating products and services could apply for grants of up to $200,000. He said since 2016, the program has supported more than 5,600 jobs.
Brisbane-based, hydrology technology company, FloodMapp have been able to take their technology into the United States after being supported by the program.
Co-founder of FloodMapp Juliette Murphy MIEAust, said Ignite Ideas was vital in kickstarting the company’s growth and commercialising the world’s first solution for real-time flood modelling.
“The funding and access support through Advance Queensland gave us the boost we needed to take our product internationally,” Murphy said.
“FloodMapp is working on a pilot project in Virginia, USA to implement the NowCast model with wayfinding app Waze. This will give commuters confidence to avoid flooded streets whilst going about their daily commutes.”
The technology also provided assistance to the Queensland Police Service during the flooding of the Logan River in early 2021.
Minister Hinchliffe said the Ignite Ideas program demonstrated Queenslanders were innovators.
“From safety ladders and the management of heavy machinery lubrication, to world-first solar drones, fatigue monitoring devices and airtight respiration masks for men with beards, Ignite Ideas is working with Queenslanders to get their bright ideas to market,” he said.
Applications for round eight are set to close on 22 July 2021. Engineers Australia is encouraging eligible members to apply through the Advance Queensland website.