Five Canberra based businesses have been accepted into the inaugural 2014 GRIFFIN Accelerator program. Launched by the Chief Minister Katy Gallagher in March over 40 teams applied from Canberra, Australia and overseas. Focussing on ‘Servicing Government’ the accelerator program has received applicants with solutions in the Government Software, Government Services, Education and Health space.
Nick McNaughton, spokesperson for the accelerator said “We are delighted with the interest in GRIFFIN. It has been a very difficult task for the organisers and mentors to select the participants for this program. We were impressed by the diversity of ideas and innovations submitted for consideration”.
A group of Canberra mentors evaluated all applications and have selected the following five start-ups to go through the initial three month program.
- Made for Me – World’s easiest 3D printing marketplace – http://www.madefor.me/
- Quizling – Mobile platform for creating, delivering, managing and monitoring educational quizzes in the classroom – http://www.quizlingapp.com/
- Symberra – A scenario modelling platform to exploit an organisations big data and inform decisions
- Enabled Employment – A recruitment site connecting people with special needs with employment opportunities – https://www.enabledemployment.com/
- Snapknock – Mobile enabled marketplace – http://www.snapknock.com
“The Made for Me team is extremely excited to participate in GRIFFIN’s inaugural program” said James Antifaev one of the team’s founders. “The opportunity to be mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs in the supercharged start-up environment that GRIFFIN is creating is exactly what we need to take our venture to the next level as we launch our 3D printing marketplace. By creating a critical mass of start-up related activity in Canberra, GRIFFIN will not only benefit us, but also the broader entrepreneurial community”.
The program is being run in collaboration with Ignition Labs part of ATP Innovations. Hamish Hawthorn, CEO of ATP Innovations said “We are delighted to be able to support the first accelerator program to be run in Canberra. There is a terrific group of mentors who have been committed throughout the pre-program phase. We are now looking forward to helping these five companies become significant commercial enterprises”.
Jessica May from Enabled Employment said “we are very excited to be chosen to take part in the 2014 GRIFFIN Accelerator Program and will benefit from the assistance and advice of the mentors to help close government departments as our customers. This will lead to more opportunities for people with a disability to secure meaningful employment”.
NICTA is providing space for the five teams for the initial three month program. “We are delighted NICTA is able to host GRIFFIN 2014” said GRIFFIN mentor Dr. Craig Davis, “We see significant benefits for both sides from having the GRIFFIN participants mingle with and workshop ideas with NICTA researchers.”
The GRIFFIN Accelerator program is being run with the assistance from the ACT Government under the Strategic Opportunities Funding Program. The program has broad support from a wide variety of organisations including: ANU Connect Ventures, ATP Innovations, The Australian National University, Australian Capital Ventures Limited, Capital Angels, CollabIT, CSIRO, eGov Cluster, Entry 29, Lighthouse, NICTA and the University of Canberra.