2020 SPUR accelerator winners announced

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// The SPURonWA grant (now called ‘SPUR program’) has announced the four winners of its annual accelerator program and $25K grant, plus two other grants...

The 2020 SPUR program is supporting six local innovators with $25,000 grant funding and information sessions with insights into State Government data and processes.

The 2020 SPUR program is being delivered through a collaborative partnership between Landgate, Department of Finance, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, DevelopmentWA and Curtin University. Applicants had to demonstrate how their product or service uses emerging technologies and location data to add value to the land and property sector.

The four winners are:

uDrew – a design and engineering platform empowering business and homeowners with the ability to design, engineer and manage their own custom-building projects, saving time and money.

Markr – a system created for the design, generation, placement and management of geo-located virtual signage.

Markr works with geo-located virtual signage (Source: Markr)

SpaceDraft – a communications platform that layers real-time user stories about any space over any map.

Airscope – captures the outer surface of a linear asset with the focus of using the data capture to inspect for external damage, abrasions, cracks, pipe support condition and possible weeps and leaks on top and side surfaces.

In addition, the First Nations grant was awarded to The Gnulli Geographical Information System Cultural Mapping Tool, which will help Gnulli Native Title Working Group to understand spatial data patterns and relationships as a business analysis tool to coordinate strategic activities in carrying on a business on Ingaada Yamitji land and sea interests.

The Landgate, Curtin Research grant was awarded to 4D Digital Twin for Urban Heat Islands (UHI), which is a Curtin research projects that allows simulation-based identification and mitigation of UHI, which degrade the quality of life in many urban centres. The project will build on preliminary work undertaken by Curtin University and the Fraunhofer IOSB in Germany.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive a spot in this years Landgate Accelerator, especially to be included among some of WA’s most exciting spatial companies and to be working with the heart of WA’s data expertise to create some exciting new & homegrown tech that can make real world differences.” Tom Young from uDrew told Startup News.

The grants will help these startups further develop their innovations.

“As a new geo-publisher we are thrilled to be a winner of the SPUR grant for 2020 and receive the recognition from one of the largest Geo location data users in WA,” Markr’s Ian Sloan told Startup News.

“The funds will allow us to add user check-in features that provide and measure location based interactions adding a lot of value to customers who want to connect with their Markr users.”

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Main image source: Town of Victoria Park