Businesses with an innovative solution that could add value to the mining industry will have the chance to commercialise their ideas thanks to a new Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Accelerator Program in Central Queensland.

CEO of METS Ignited Dr Ian Dover said the CQ METS Accelerator program will be delivered between 7 March and 11 April 2019.

“METS Ignited encourages regional SMEs to take advantage of local accelerator programs like this one to expand their industry connections, boost their capabilities and realise commercialisation opportunities,” Dr Dover said.

To be eligible, applicants should:

  • Be registered companies that operate and employ in the Rockhampton/CQ Region, or are about to
  • Supply into the mining, energy and resources sectors in Queensland, or have substantive plans to do so
  • Have an innovative cost-saving or production-efficient service or product to introduce to the mining sector
  • Be available to participate in the entire program

The program is fully funded by the Palaszczuk Government and run by Rockhampton Regional Council, METS Ignited and Rockhampton SmartHub.

It will offer up to ten places to startups or scale-ups who have an innovative, cost-saving or production-efficient product or service that could be introduced to the mining sector.

The government’s collaboration with METS Ignited is backed by $1.8 million funding in 2018-19 to encourage innovation and jobs growth in the state’s $7 billion METS sector.

The METS sector employs about 20,000 people in Queensland and activities like these are key to achieving our plan to create a further 3000 extra jobs over the next decade.