In 2009, the Victorian Government launched Round 1 of its Smart SMEs Market Validation Program (MVP). From the 19 technology requirements put to the market in 2009, 20 smart SMEs were awarded up to $100,000 each to undertake feasibility studies into their proposed solutions.
Proof of concept
Nine of the 19 feasibility studies have been awarded up to $1.5 million to carry out a proof of concept (POC) project over the next two years. The POC projects will lead to working demonstrations of the technology solutions in the host entity’s environment.
The Victorian Government began announcing those projects progressing to POC in July 2010. The following projects have been announced so far — more will follow over the next few weeks.
1. Improved protective glove for prison officers
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 There is a need to develop a new protective glove for prison officers that is puncture, cut and tear resistant as well as comfortable and affordable.
This proof of concept was announced by the Premier in July as part of the launch of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication.
Media release: Small Technology Means Big Business For Victoria
2. Dairy effluent management system
Thursday, 09 September 2010 There is a need to provide a more environmentally effective dairy effluent management system. The purpose of the system is for methane recovery, algae growth for energy recovery and water and nutrient utilisation.
Media release: New System Could Turn Cow Manure Into Green Gold
3. Portable biochar maker
Thursday, 09 September 2010 There is a need for the development of a simple, transportable, safe, greenhouse friendly and inexpensive device for the bulk production of charcoal in catchments and on farms.
Media release: $1.41 Million For Biochar Trial In Victoria’s North East
4. Remote sensing vehicle tracking
Thursday, 09 September 2010 There is a need for a sensing device that can scan vehicle season passes (usually placed on the vehicle windscreen) under extreme weather conditions and generate data for infrastructure and car parking management.
The 3 projects above were announced by Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings, in September at the opening of the Creative Innovation 2010 Conference.
Media release: New Technology To Improve Access To Alpine Resort
5. Postural biofeedback for lower back pain
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 There is a need to provide patients with lower back problems accurate measurements of spine inclination which incorporate a surface electromyography machine.
Media release: $1.5 Million Grant To Develop Postural Monitoring Device For Lower Back Pain Sufferers
ABC 7.30 Report September 2010 – Breakthrough for back pain treatment