Queensland start-ups and SMEs working on innovative drone technology could win the chance to pitch their project directly to Queensland Government decision-makers under the new SparkPlug program.

SparkPlug aims to connect innovators with the right Queensland Government contacts, with the potential to open doors to project funding, trials or even adoption.

As a first step, SparkPlug applicants need to identify a problem and then explain how their drone-technology solution will deliver improved outcomes.

Successful applicants will then be given information on how to pitch to government prior to the SparkPlug pitching event.

SparkPlug is a new program from Advance Queensland and will call for solutions to government challenges in different service or technology areas.

The first priority area is drone technology, which will be the focus for Spark Plug 1.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • employ fewer than 200 people, including contractors
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have a place of business in Queensland.

Additionally, the product or service proposed for the pitch event should:

  • be a fully developed, validated solution with at least 1 customer
  • take into consideration the regulatory requirements necessary for the Queensland Government to implement the product or service.

Applications close at 2pm on 15 April and successful applicants will be notified by the end of April.

The pitching event will be held on 10 May.

You can learn more at the SparkPlug webpage.

Supporting start-ups and the aerospace sector are both priorities in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

TIQ is actively supporting a number of Queensland drone businesses, including coordinating a recent delegation to the Japan Drone Expo.

The state’s growing drone industry is highlighted in the Queensland Drones Strategy.