Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

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Warrawee based business and Ku-ring-gai’s own Innovations for Humanity will receive up to $1 million in NSW Government funding to develop new and innovate ways to tackle some of the State’s most complex challenges. 

Member for Ku-ring-gai and Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology  Alister Henskens SC said Innovations for Humanity’s project will receive funding through the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program, which aims to help small businesses and NSW Government agencies collaborate and develop solutions to complex problems.

“NSW has a highly innovative small business sector and by supporting these businesses to develop home-grown solutions, we can not only improve social and environmental outcomes, but boost our innovation economy by creating high-value jobs and growing new high-tech industries,” Mr Henskens said.

“These collaborations have found ways to tackle clearly defined real-world problems in regional connectivity, public transport accessibility, koala population monitoring, reduction of personal protective equipment waste and water purification.”

Having already completed a Feasibility Study under Phase 1 of the SBIR, Innovations for Humanity, in collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, will develop a proof of concept for a low-cost user terminal antenna system that will provide high data rate connectivity from a range of current and emerging satellite constellations.

“It is exciting to see home-grown innovation being supported to address NSW’s most complex issues,” Mr Henskens said.

“The many projects developed by these NSW businesses are cutting-edge, and this stage is key to ensuring they can commercialise and realise their potential.

Following the proof-of-concept phase, NSW Government agencies will consider procurement of the successful projects, the full details of which can be viewed here.