Small Business given unique access to test ICT products
A new program making it easier for startups and small businesses to access Queensland Government work and improve services has been launched today.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the Advance Queensland Testing Within Government – or TWiG – program would broaden government procurement opportunities for small ICT businesses and startups.
“TWiG is a quick and practical program that will help small businesses gain insights into the ICT needs of government and speed up the development of their innovative solutions to meet those challenges,” Ms Enoch said.
“It can be difficult for small businesses to compete with major suppliers for government work, so we’re providing them the opportunity to gain practical on-the-ground experience working with a large organisation.
“This will provide valuable insights when seeking future Queensland Government or large commercial contracts.”
Under TWiG, grants of $20,000 will be offered to each successful applicant to support them in testing their ICT solution against a problem or opportunity identified by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.
At the end of the 10 to 12 week program, the small business suppliers, alongside DSITI representatives, will present their experiences and solutions to a wider group of government representatives.
Importantly, the small business will maintain the intellectual property of any solution developed.
Ms Enoch said the State Government was committed to supporting a vibrant ICT sector and the industry’s many small operators because they are vital to Queensland’s economy and creating jobs.
“While the program will be highly competitive, it will support Queensland business to develop new ICT solutions that will provide benefits to users of government services here and can then be sold to customers globally.”
Dr Nick Tate, Chair of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA) said that the State Government is in a unique position to play a significant role in strengthening and enhancing the ICT sector in Queensland.
“Industry strongly values programs that support the development of the ICT sector and offer collaboration in the development of innovative ICT products and services”, Mr Tate said.
The Queensland Government’s ICT Dashboard website, which is currently tracking the progress of 153 ICT projects worth about $818 million, also promotes opportunities for small business to find ICT work in government organisations including councils, authorities and utilities.
An information session about the program for startups and small businesses wanting to apply will be held in early August. Details about the TWiG program including how and when to apply are available at the Advance Queensland website.