This week Australia's Federal Government announced it had allocated $3.6 million in funding to 57 local research projects so that they could be commercialised, with many of them being web or IT-related start-ups.
The Commercialising Emerging Technology (COMET) grants were doled out by Senator Kim Carr in his role as minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Each of the companies received $64,000 towards their efforts.
bootstrappr trawled through the list and pulled the most obviously web 2.0 or IT-related companies out; we've listed them here, although we haven't investigated their products or services.
|Myspider: ||Website-crawling and aggregation software integrated with search functionality|
|Faulkner Technologies: ||Elastic-Apps, a web-based software as a service solution for development of business applications software|
|Travellr: ||A sophisticated and user-centric web 2.0 service|
|Ozmiz: ||The ScrollMiz software provides easy reading of text and viewing of images on mobile phones or portable pocket PCs|
|Bizexpress: ||Software for management of the rehabilitation value chain|
|EatingSafe: ||Database management technology covering nutritional ingredient and allergy information for supermarket products|
|Lucia Publishing Systems: ||Print on demand software for publishing books|
|Everyday Hero: ||Online fundraising management system for not-for-profit companies|
|Research it Online/The Sadkowsky Family Trust: ||Open source software applications for medical research|
|Duxtel: ||Duxtel Internet Commander solution|
|Histology Online: ||Image-intensive online course-ware for medical and health science disciplines|
|Escalated Advertising: ||Visual media technology for advertising on escalator handrails|
|Creative Ad Technology: ||Video ad-serving platform|
|Longreach Group: ||Broadband wireless transmission system|
|Edcube: ||E-learning software for student digital portfolios|
|Choiceengine: ||Consumer product search engine based on economic utility optimisation|
|Depth Analysis: ||Multi-view camera scanning system for reconstruction of 3D animation|
|Keep in Touch Australia: ||Novel communication platform for aged care|
|G Learning: ||Online interactive training and education system|
|Dimoto: ||Hardware for plastic optical fibre Ethernet-based data networking|
|Clear Falls: ||Hardware/software coupling application for high computing performance, minimising power consumption|
|Know Ballyhoo: ||System of algorithms to organise documents by relevance for any profession|
|Toast Technology: ||Improved provisioning and subscription platform for SaaS delivery|
|Employment Agencysystem Intelligence: ||Outsourced back-office system for small to medium enterprise employment agencies|
|Ayrb: ||Web-based solution for occupational health and safety, injury and claims management|
|Exit Info: ||A web-based tool for conducting, analysing and managing employee interviews|
|Questmetrics: ||QuestML XML-based mark-up language as a formal definition system for market research surveys|
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