Frequently asked questions
If you have a question not answered below, please contact the Innovation in Government team at InnovativeGov@ditid.qld.gov.au.
What does it mean to have a place of business in Queensland?
To be considered eligible for this program you should have a physical place of business (i.e. not a PO box) in Queensland which is able to deliver the solution you are proposing.
What is meant by startup and small-to-medium enterprise?
To be considered eligible for this program, a business employ less than 200 people. This includes full-time and part-time employees, as well as contractors. This is consistent with the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Small-to-Medium Enterprise (SME) Participation Scheme.
What is meant by a market-validated solution?
SparkPlug is targeting commercially available solutions which have been validated by the market. Ideally, this will be in the form of at least one customer.
I have a concept for an innovative solution, but I haven’t developed it yet – am I eligible?
SparkPlug does not provide funding for research, development or commercialisation. As such, only commercially available solutions will be considered. The Queensland Government Grants Finder can help you identify other grant and assistance programs that may help you develop or commercialise your idea.
I’m a Queensland Government employee, am I eligible to apply?
Queensland Government employees may apply provided they have obtained appropriate ‘secondary employment’ approval from their department.
Application and assessment
How are applications submitted?
Applications are submitted online through the SmartyGrants platform.
Can I submit more than one application?
Although you are able to submit multiple applications, you are encouraged to consider a broad audience for your solution. For example, it may be possible to bundle your multiple solutions together to make a cohesive offering applicable to multiple government agencies.
How are applications being assessed?
The following will be taken into consideration for assessment :
1. potential outcomes for Queenslanders
2. commercial sustainability
3. capability to deliver
4. contribution to other Queensland Government priorities.
The assessment panel may include external assessors with commercial or technical expertise as well as Queensland Government representatives.
Why should I apply to SparkPlug?
Successful applicants to SparkPlug will be invited to pitch directly to an audience of executives with a specific interest in a relevant technology area. This is your opportunity to be heard by senior government decision makers who may wish to trial or purchase your solution, and raise your profile in the Queensland Government.
Additionally, all successful applicants will be provided with information on how to pitch to government. As well as supporting you in your SparkPlug pitch, this information will help you when doing business with Queensland Government now and into the future.
Who will I be pitching to if I’m successful?
If successful, you will be pitching to senior executives and decision makers from across the Queensland Government. These executives may choose to bring one or two subject matter experts to provide advice and support. Some pitch events will also be open to the public – if this is the case, we will clearly advise.
What funding is available to trial my solution?
SparkPlug aims to connect the right startups and SMEs with the right government contacts, but does not guarantee any funding for further trials or testing following the pitch event. Any further engagement outside of SparkPlug will be at the discretion of participating agencies.