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.

What has been achieved?

21

Accelerators

150+

Companies

Recent Accelerators

National Accelerator 2022 – 3 Mar – 10 Jun 2022

In a first for both METS Ignited and QuantumTX a National Accelerator was offered in 2022.

The National Accelerator was for companies with technology solutions solving challenges in the Mining, Future Energy, Agriculture, Defence, Space or Oil and Gas sectors. Accelerator participants were introduced to substantial clients, benefited from one-on-one mentoring, visited sites, worked on their market positioning and alignment with industry roadmaps – amongst many other activities.

Valued at $12,500, participation was free via a competitive application process.

To find out more visit the QuantumTX National Accelerator webpage.

Building an Innovation Culture – 9 Jun 2022
Business Model Evaluation and Improvement – 8 Jun 2022

These 2 micro-accelerators were facilitated through Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for METS Business Innovation (CMBI). The micro-accelerators had previously been provided as part of many of the more recent Queensland Regional Accelerators. This was the first time they had been offered to an Australia wide audience.

GEA (Gladstone Engineering Alliance) Innovate, Adapt and Grow Program – 17 Aug to 15 Oct, 2021

Rockhampton Smart Hub METS Accelerator – 10 Aug to 12 Oct, 2021

RIN (Resources Industry Network) Culture of Innovation Regional Accelerator – 25 Aug to 13 Oct, 2021

This was the 3rd year that accelerators had been run in each of these regions funded by the Queensland Government. Whilst each of the accelerators were tailored to the needs of the individual regions there were unifying themes of supporting SMEs and start-ups to grow and expand into the METS sector.

“A fantastic, informative and professional opportunity to work on your business and grow your own business acumen, understanding and strategic planning. I would definitely recommend this program to other businesses.”

“I highly recommend this program for anyone wanting to broaden their skills and take their business to the next level. Absolutely worth the investment!!”

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 to 9 June, 2021

This 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.