About the program
SparkPlug provides opportunities for innovators to connect with the Queensland Government. It is about connecting the right startups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with the right government contacts, and breaking down the barriers innovators face when approaching government.
To be a lead customer of innovation, SparkPlug aims to:
- support the Queensland Government to adopt innovative solutions which deliver improved outcomes for Queenslanders
- provide opportunities for Queensland’s innovators to connect with government.
Each SparkPlug event calls for solutions to a government challenge in a specific priority technology or service area. Innovators are invited to apply, identifying the problem their application addresses and how their solution will deliver improved outcomes for Queenslanders.
Shortlisted applicants are invited to present their solutions to a target audience from participating Queensland Government agencies. At times, other stakeholders may also be invited to attend the event. These may include representatives from local councils, universities or industry.
Shortlisted applicants will receive pre-event information of key things to consider when presenting to government. SparkPlug is a valuable way to raise the profile of startups and SMEs with the Queensland Government in a forum specifically designed for engaging with innovators.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- employ less than 200 people, including contractors
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN) with a Main Business Location in Queensland.
Additionally, the product or service proposed for the event should:
- be a fully developed, validated solution with at least one customer
- have taken into consideration the regulatory requirements necessary to implement the product or service if applicable
- fall within the event scope (more information to follow).
Applications for products or services where technology is not yet developed will not be considered eligible for participation.
SparkPlug 3: Impact Economy
Applications for the SparkPlug 3: Impact Economy are now open. SparkPlug 3 focuses on Impact Economy, and for the purpose of this event, Impact Economy is defined as:
‘Startups and SMEs that infuse social benefits into their profit models to create a social or environmental impact. This includes businesses that are social enterprises and profit-for-purpose. These companies may have innovative service offerings or products that are of interest to the Queensland Government or Queenslanders.’
Applications will only be considered from startups and SMEs that are part of the Impact Economy sector, meaning they must be from a social enterprise or profit-for-purpose organisation.
What is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is a purpose-led business with a majority of income derived from trade and 50% or more of profits reinvested towards achieving a social / environmental purpose.
What is a profit-for-purpose organisation?
An organisation that is for profit but exists primarily to solve a social and / or environmental problem. The social and / or environmental goals of a profit-for-purpose business must be central to its reason for being.
Profit-for-purpose organisations are distinct from those businesses that exist primarily for commercial purpose but incorporate ethical procedures, processes and supply chains.
The Queensland Government is seeking applications from organisations with innovative Impact Economy solutions which can create new value for Queenslanders. For example, a purpose-led social technology business that provides information, or facilitates interactions and connections, in order to tackle a particular social or environmental issue.
Applications should be prepared with a broad audience in mind and should consider how their solution could be of benefit to multiple Queensland Government departments or service areas, or to Queenslanders more broadly.
The following dates are indicative, and may be subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to applicants in writing.
- Applications open: Thursday 21 November 2019
- Applications close: Monday 2 December 2019 (2pm AEST)
- Event: Thursday 19 December 2019 (Brisbane CBD)
How to apply
Apply through the online application form.