Since 2017, METS Ignited has piloted a series of collaborative accelerator programs with funding and support from state and federal governments, local innovation hubs and industry mentors.  The accelerators have been pitched at scale-up businesses looking to increase their skills and capability development, to realise their commercial maturity, become globally competitive and break into new markets.  These programs have attracted a mix of regional and metropolitan scale-up companies with solutions for the mining and resources industry.

Since their inception, METS Ignited has broadened the scope of the programs to provide commercialisation pathways to technology innovators with solutions in Robotics and Automation, Digital and Data, and Sustainability and Responsible Mining.  METS Ignited’s partnership with Quantum Technology Exchange in 2020 has expanded the opportunity again, providing cross-sector business accelerators to scale-ups in Mining, Energy, Agriculture, Defence and Space.

Recent Accelerators

MackHack – 23 to 25 July, 2021

Split Spaces’s Mackhack 2021 was a three-day intensive program to improve the commercialisation outcomes for new products and services for the mining industry.

Teams were put through their paces, with six industry challenges providing a training ground for the practical application of core concepts, tools and processes for commercialisation and guided by expert mentors.  The weekend’s learnings focused on ideation, design thinking, lean methodology and building a minimum viable product.  Additional topics included, how to validate your idea, test the market, when and why to pivot, and how to pitch.

The event culminated in a pitching battle with three teams rewarded for their solutions sharing in the $5000 prize money. This was the third year running that Split Spaces had delivered a very successful hackathon with assistance from several delivery partners including CSIRO, Qld AI Hub, Qld XR Hub, Qld Robotics and the Centre for METS Business Innovation.

This accelerator was joint funded by METS Ignited and the Queensland Government with prize money provided by Mackay Regional Council.

Quantum Technology Exchange WA 2021 11 March – 9 June, 2021

The QuantumTX business accelerator focussed on scale-up solutions in the Mining, Energy, Agriculture, Defence and Space industries in digital technologies, automation & remote operations, data sciences, sustainability and clean energy.

The cross-sector technology program delivered a series of masterclasses, corporate speed-dating opportunities, mentoring and direct access to industry leaders from NASA, ESA, BHP, Robotics Australia and a number of international organisations.

Participants had the option to test and trial solutions via Atomic Sky at Fugro’s Australian Space Automation, AI & Robotics Control Complex.  They also spent time at the Roy Hill Remote Systems Automation Centre, Woodside Energy Robotics Lab and the UWA International Space Centre.

This is the third program in the cross-sector initiative and has proven successful in technology transfer and creating jobs through business acceleration.

QTX WA 2021 cohort:

Cumulus Projects Transforming organisations with the spatial web for connected workers and remote operations
Tap into Safety Online and mobile-friendly training and assessment platform for high-risk industries
Zella DC Next-generation server room, micro data centres built for anywhere and making productivity sustainable
Oleology Oily water treatment and PFAS water treatment solution to below detectable levels
AiSpanner Connected datacentric maintenance lifecycle solution integrating analytics & 3D Visualisation
iSOL8 Digital LOTO system which reduces plant downtime and eliminates human errors
Epichem Synthetic chemistry solutions addressing waste management with carbon neutral waste conversion tech
Quantify Technology Electrical IoT solutions that help organisations optimise power usage and improve safety
ACT Australia & NZ Industrial live-theatre and film that facilitates a catalyst for people development, skills and safety
ISOLABS Emergent technologies for advanced analytics and empowered decision making

News on the visit to the Fugro Remote Operations facility can be found here.

More information on the Quantum Technology Exchange is available at