Testing Within Government

Supports Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the Queensland Government.

What's important

  • Applications opened 3 July 2018 and closed midday 17 July 2018.
    (Applications extended due to technical issues. Apologies for any inconvenience.)
  • Industry information session was held on 10 July 2018.
  • Supports Queensland-based SMEs to test and refine their products.
  • $35,000 in funding available to successful applicants.
  • 12-week program commencing September 2018.
  • Eligibility criteria apply.

Problem statements

Queensland Government has identified some business problems for SMEs to assess the suitability of their products.

The TWiG Industry Information Session was held at the State Library Queensland on 10 July 2018, providing further information and opportunities for questions about the problems.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Queensland-based business with less than 200 full-time equivalent staff, which:
    • is a company incorporated in Queensland
      or
    • can demonstrate a clear roadmap that will deliver jobs in Queensland
  • be registered for GST
  • have a product which is at or beyond the minimum viable product stage, addresses one of the problem statements, and preferably be a Software-as-a-Service solution
  • pass a due diligence check (undertaken at the shortlisting stage of assessment).

SMEs can submit applications for a maximum of 3 problems but will only be eligible to be granted funding for one problem.

Funding cannot be provided for any previous TWiG program recipients.

How to apply

Submissions were due by midday 17 July 2018 andincluded:

  • Your completed online application form. As part of the application process, each applicant must provide a link to a short video demonstration of the product that they are proposing to solve the problem. This video will be for internal use only and will not be distributed.
  • Acknowledgement and acceptance of the terms and conditions

For more information on the Testing Within Government program, refer to the:

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed on:

  • your product’s ability to address the selected problem in an innovative way
  • anticipated benefits to you from your participation in the program
  • your ability to execute the program in the 12-week timeframe
  • anticipated benefits for Queensland.

About the program

The Testing Within Government (TWiG) program allows small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their products by working collaboratively with Queensland Government on a number of business problems. Successful applicants receive funding to test and refine their product with government while addressing real business problems.

At the end of the 12-week program, applicants have an opportunity to showcase their products and their TWiG program experience to a wide group of government and industry representatives.

Being part of the TWiG program is an opportunity for SMEs to develop knowledge, skills and experience, improving the potential to access broader commercial opportunities in Queensland, Australia and internationally.

Round two funding recipients

Funding was awarded to 11 SMEs through the 2017 round of the TWiG Program.

The 2017 TWiG program culminated on 15 September with a showcase event where local businesses presented their innovative solutions, lessons learned and experience gained during the program.

Watch a highlight video from the round 2 showcase event.

Round one funding recipients

Five SMEs were awarded funding in the 2016 round of the TWiG program which concluded with a showcase event.

Watch a highlight video from the round 1 showcase event:

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