Vic Govt invests $500,000 in start-up contracts

Monday, 09 November, 2020

Vic Govt invests $500,000 in start-up contracts

Three Victorian start-ups have been selected as part of the state government’s start-up procurement program CivVic Labs, securing contracts to the combined value of $500,000 to develop technology solutions in the areas of workplace safety, transport and education.

The start-ups will each receive a contract worth $150,000 to $200,000 to work with various government departments to apply their innovative thinking to solve public sector challenges. The contracts will provide capital for start-ups to continue to develop their products, build successful companies and create jobs. WorkSafe Victoria has contracted Ignition Immersive, who will use virtual reality to improve safety in the construction industry.

“Connecting our local start-ups to government procurement opportunities is one of the most logical and impactful ways government can ensure the Victorian start-up ecosystem is supported and continues to grow,” said Jaala Pulford, Victorian Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy.

CheerMe will work with the Victorian Department of Education and Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to address physical inactivity and obesity in Victorian teens — adapted during the pandemic to also be an at-home challenge app teens can use to stay occupied.

She’s a Crowd will assist the Department of Transport with crowdsourced spatial data to help planners understand and enhance user safety, mobility and satisfaction of women and girls using the state’s transport network.

“Start-ups are at the forefront of innovation, and CivVic Labs is ensuring the Victorian Government has access to the latest thinking while simultaneously supporting young companies to grow,” said Danny Pearson, Minister for Government Services.

CivVic Labs, led by LaunchVic, was established to provide start-ups with more government procurement opportunities. The latest contracts bring the total government procurement investment in Victorian start-ups to $1.48 million since the program commenced in 2019.

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