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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Advance Queensland propels Gold Coast’s new wave of innovation

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    Advance Queensland propels Gold Coast’s new wave of innovation

    A Tugun startup business looking to produce the next generation of electric wheelchairs from advanced aerospace industry material is among Gold Coast businesses being backed by the Palaszczuk Government.

    Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the second round of Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding will see 10 Gold Coast businesses share in $1.3 million from the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas program.

    “Since its inception, the Ignite Ideas program has seen almost $16.5 million awarded to 119 Queensland businesses from rounds one and two to help innovative businesses to commercialise their products, launch into local and global markets and create jobs,” Ms Enoch said.

    Ms Enoch said Next Generation Mobility will use the $84,500 funding it received to produce lighter, stronger and more robust electric powered wheelchairs, using materials from the aerospace industry.

    “The Gold Coast has a powerful innovative ecosystem that continues to positively impact economic growth and job creation,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Queensland’s position as a global innovation hotspot continues to gather momentum, and the Palaszczuk Government is supporting innovative Gold Coast businesses to launch their world leading products and services into local and global markets faster under our Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund initiative.”

    Next Generation Mobility founder Scott Gordon said the product is the first power wheelchair that can be overridden and controlled by a carer using an app on their smart phone – which is useful for people that may be cognitively impacted.

    “We are the future of wheelchairs with our designs custom-made and tailored to suit the needs of each individual built from advanced materials and techniques," he said.

    “With an ageing population and increased services and support for people with disabilities, the demand for power wheelchairs is growing rapidly.

    “A power wheelchair is more than just a medical device needed for movement. It becomes a part of the person, and an extension of their body."

    Ms Enoch said six Gold Coast businesses received round one Ignite Ideas funding.

    Ignite Ideas Fund round three recently closed, with another wealth of new Queensland innovation projects competing for commercialisation funds under the program’s merit-based assessment process.

    The Palaszczuk Government’s flagship $420 million Advance Queensland initiative is a comprehensive suite of programs designed to ensure Queensland’s capacity to adapt and thrive in a period of rapid change, and position the State as the place to turn great ideas into reality.

    For more information about Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas recipients, visit http://goo.gl/VAVWMV.

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