QLD METS companies secure products and services boost

The Queensland Government, together with METS Ignited, is funding a series of programs to help regional METS (mining equipment technology and services) businesses showcase their products or services.

Participating businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs have the chance to test and build on their offerings before taking them to the market.

From October to November, METS products and services that are in their early sales or testing phase are welcome in the regional pre-accelerator program.

The participating regions and industry groups are Mackay (Resource Industry Network), Rockhampton (Capricorn Enterprise), Gladstone (Gladstone Engineering Alliance), Toowoomba (Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise) and Emerald (Central Highlands Development Corporation). East industry group may include up to 10 businesses.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said, “It’s a great opportunity for these innovative regional businesses to talk to a cross section of the entire resource industry.”

Successful participants will join in workshops with KPMG to focus on understanding customer value, value proposition and problem-solution fit.

The program is expected to create new work opportunities as participants introduce their offerings to mining houses at the regional showcase event, to take place in conjunction with the QRC State of the Sector Forum on November 21.

The regional pre-accelerator program is designed to promote and build the capabilities of early-stage founders, giving them the confidence to apply innovation tools and frameworks that accelerate commercial outcomes into the future.