Since their inception, 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.
In recent years, 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.
2021/22 saw further expansion with a major National cross-sector accelerator launched and micro-accelerators being run for the first time. In addition, a further series of regional accelerators joint funded with State Government were carried out.