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Business Gold Coast December 2011 newsletter

Gold Coast brimming with big ideas

A cost-effective renewable energy system, a recyclable water dispenser and a healthy lolly-style food to reduce childhood obesity are just three of 31 innovations to win funding in the latest round of What’s your big idea Queensland?.

Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt said the scheme, a joint initiative of the Bligh Government and AiGroup, has sparked the imagination of businesses across the State.

“What’s Your Big Idea Queensland? is a $5.5 million program offering innovative small-to-medium businesses with up to $50,000 in funding to commercialise their great ideas, develop new products and increase competitiveness,” Ms Jarratt said.

“We received more than 900 applications over the first two rounds, from industries as diverse as manufacturing, construction, biotechnology, tourism, and agriculture.”

Ms Jarratt said two-thirds of the What’s Your Big Idea Queensland? winners were from regional areas.

“The applications we received show Queensland businesses are quick to recognise emerging market needs and opportunities.

Ai Group Queensland Director Matthew Martyn-Jones said the widespread winners proved there were no limitations on ingenuity.

“Ai Group is pleased to once again be partnering with the Queensland Government to deliver the What’s Your Big Idea Queensland? innovation program,” Mr Martyn-Jones said.

“A lot of heavy lifting is needed if we are to improve Australia’s productivity performance, and boosting our innovation effort is a critical element to drive a more productive economy.
“The ideas proposed showcase a wide range of home-grown Queensland talent that has set a high bar for businesses across Australia.”

For more information on ‘What’s Your Big Idea Queensland?’ visit

What’s your Big Idea Queensland? Gold Coast Winners

  1. Biobike from Helensvale for a unique power and torque measuring system for cycling machines 
  2. Dev-Audio from Southport for technology to simplify the process of recording meetings that take place over multiple locations and technology
  3. Gallagher Engineering Australia from Chirn Park for a product that provides extra safety for workers at drilling sites.
  4. Lambert Locations from Arundel for an innovation to disseminate usable asset information to engineers
  5. Morlife from Arundel for a healthy lolly-style food based on fruit and vegetables to reduce childhood obesity 
  6. Siros Systems from Sorrento for an ergonomic chair base that reduces friction and body stress
  7. Steffco from Robina for the ‘Ultimate Measuring Staff’ for use on building sites
  8. Spring in a Bag from Yatala for a reusable, environmentally-friendly, recyclable water dispenser
  9. Water & Energy from Bonogin for a cost-effective renewable energy system that extracts energy from flowing water found in rivers and oceans.


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