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A national program has been launched to incubate innovative Australian small- to medium-sized enterprises and ‘scale-ups’ into the global space industry.

Technology solutions aligned with Australia’s 2030 goal of trebling the size of its space and earth science sector will be scaled up through the QuantumTX’s Fast Forward program.

Startups across the full spectrum of automated to autonomous capabilities, including robotic platforms, artificial intelligence, satellite communications, simulation, digital systems, interoperability, and remote operations services, are invited to participate.

This is a significant opportunity for Australian SME’s and ‘scale-ups’ to leverage their expertise in robotics, technology and systems to solve major industry challenges with international collaboration and industry support,” said Quantum Technology Exchange Founder, Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher.

Adrian Beer, METS Ignited CEO and member of AROSE Resources Advisory Board said “We are delighted to again be able to support the QuantumTX program. Commercialising technology, whether it be for in space or on the earth, provides the key to Australia’s future. One of the ways to unlock our technology is by providing incubators and accelerators to turbo-charge organisations as they scale-up.

This new Program is for innovative SMEs or Scale-ups with technology solutions solving challenges in the global space industry whilst growing jobs in Australia. Participants will gain introductions to large clients, mentoring, market engagement, profile raising, staff development, export readiness & international introductions. They will meet key representatives from companies such as Australian Remote Operations for Space & Earth (AROSE), the Australian Space Agency, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Control Complex (SpAARC), Austrade, Rio Tinto, NOVA Systems, European Space Agency, Roy Hill, Woodside Energy, Telstra, Oxbotica, Microsoft, BHP, InmarSAT, Robotics Australia Group, and METS Ignited.

Valued at $25,000, participation is free via a competitive application process. Apply or find out more here.

Applications are invited from Australian scale-ups and SMEs. This accelerator is for those companies that are keen to scale, have solutions with possible application in multiple sectors and have potential to grow locally and create exports.

AROSE CEO Leanne Cunnold, METS Ignited General Manager WA & SA Kylah Morrison, Quantum Technology Exchange Founder Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher and AROSE Program Director Michelle Keegan (pictured) are urging innovative small-to-medium enterprises and ‘scale-ups’ to apply for this year’s QuantumTX Program.