Initially funded by the Queensland Government, and delivered through the METS Ignited Industry Growth Centre, the 4 years joint planning and strategy development outlined a collaborative program focus on sector growth leading to exports and diversification.
The initial commercial pilot program involved 8 companies, 5 regional SMEs and comprised a mix of mining and oil & gas solution providers, ranging from software companies through to engineering plant and equipment. The companies involved represented SMEs at late stages of product development / early commercialisation – (start ups fall under a separate program of work). The initial 12 week program was delivered by KPMG, and focused on value propositions, pitching, capability development and communications – culminated at IMARC in Melbourne.
The success of the program was enormous with $12 million+ contracts / external capital investment directly attributed from the program, including additional hiring and ramping up of participant organisations.
From this initial pilot – the program was run in 5 different regional centres, with over 40 SME METS Companies in attendance and almost 100 people participating.