TWiG program guidelines

Testing Within Government (TWiG) program guidelines

About the program

The Testing Within Government (TWiG) program helps small to medium enterprises (SMEs) improve the positioning of their products for government and large enterprise markets, by working collaboratively with Queensland Government on a range of problems.

It was a short 12-week program for SMEs designed to:

  • accelerate the growth and capability of SME businesses in Queensland
  • provide valuable experience to SMEs in how to deliver products to large enterprise
  • encourage Queensland Government to work with SMEs to become more agile and innovative in solving problems.

Program structure

Problem definition

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

Release to market

The problems were released to market on 3 July 2018.

Industry Information session

An industry information session will be held on 10 July 2018, where business problem experts will provide more information on their problems and address questions from the SMEs.

Shortlisting and pitch day

Applicants were shortlisted by an evaluation panel based on assessment criteria. A due diligence search will also be conducted.

Short-listed applicants attended a pitch day on August 2018 to present their product to the panel.

The evaluation panel selected the applicants to participate in the 12-week program, that commenced in September 2018. Each successful applicant addressed 1 problem during the 12 weeks.


During the engagement product testing, facilitated workshops and/or meetings were conducted with the relevant agencies to help applicants refine their product.

No commitment is made to applicants to continue with, or procure products at the end of the TWiG program.

Program participation will be in alignment with the ICT SME participation scheme policy to provide a procurement mechanism if any Queensland Government agencies want to engage the SME at the end of the TWiG program.

All intellectual property in the SME’s product (including improvements) remains owned by the SME.

Showcase event

At the end of the program there was an event for successful applicants, together with the relevant business problem experts, to showcase the product, the lessons learned and experience gained during the program to government and industry representatives.

Key dates

Activity Date
Applications open 3 July 2018
TWiG information session 10 July 2018
Applications close 16 July 2018
TWiG pitch days August 2018
12-week program September 2018 – November 2018
Final TWiG showcase event December 2018
Last updated 24 Jul, 2019
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