A new program making it easier for startups and small businesses to access Queensland Government work and improve services has been launched.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch, said the Advance Queensland Testing Within Government (TWiG) program is designed to “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,” 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.”
Enoch said up to three small businesses will be selected to be part of the program, to address different problems.
Consequently, the selected applicants will each receive $25,000 to support the testing of their ICT solution against a problem 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 experiences and solutions to a wider group of government representatives.
“Importantly, the small business will maintain the intellectual property of any solution developed,” Enoch added.
Enoch said the State Government is committed to supporting a “vibrant ICT sector”, citing 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,” Enoch added.
Enoch 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.