WA innovators share in record $3.5 million in Government grants

A northern suburbs business specialising in using seaweed to manufacture an alternative to plastic is one of 49 local innovators to share in a record $3.56 million of grants from the Cook Government.
  • Government provides record amount of grant funds to 49 innovators
  • $3.56 million awarded via Innovation Booster and Commercialisation Bridge Grants
  • More than 40 per cent of grant recipients have female founders

A northern suburbs business specialising in using seaweed to manufacture an alternative to plastic is one of 49 local innovators to share in a record $3.56 million of grants from the Cook Government.

Innovation and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson Minister said the multimillion windfall for these leading local innovative businesses was being made through the Government's popular Innovation Booster Grant (IBG) and the new Commercialisation Bridge Grant (CBG) programs.

Successful grant recipients include northern suburbs company Uluu, which is based in the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre in Watermans Bay. The business is adopting an in-house manufacturing process to use seaweed to make a range of alternative plastic products, including containers and textiles.

The funding has been awarded to a wide range of novel innovators including one business seeking to develop an AI textile sorting machine, another that is developing a system to enable people with mobility issues to access light aircraft and another that is producing high-protein livestock feed all year-round.

Of the 49 recipients, 21 have female founders, seven are based in regional Western Australia and two are First Nations businesses, reflecting the strong diversity of Western Australia's innovation ecosystem.

The IBG has been awarded to 38 local companies with each receiving up to $40,000 to advance their ideas. This latest grant allocation follows the announcement of 26 local recipients earlier this year, who received around $1 million in funding.

In its first ever round, the CBG has been awarded to 11 local companies with each receiving up to $200,000 in matched funding to assist with bridging the gap between commercialised innovation and a scalable business.

The 38 IBGs will receive $1,480,645 in funding, with 36 being funded by the New Industries Fund (NIF), the 11 CBGs will receive $2,076,590 in funding, with nine funded by the NIF.

In line with the Cook Government's Health and Medical Life Sciences Industry Strategy, the remaining two IBG and two CBG recipients will be supported through Health and Medical Life Sciences funding.

Applications remain open for both programs, all year round.

For more information see: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-jobs-tourism-science-and-innovation/new-industries-fund-innovation-booster-grant and https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-jobs-tourism-science-and-innovation/new-industries-fund-commercialisation-bridge-grant

Comments attributed to Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson:

"We have an amazing and talented cohort of local innovators who are doing incredible things and the Cook Government is committed to assisting WA's innovation ecosystem to thrive and prosper.

"We are targeting innovation growth with funding support through both the Innovation Booster and Commercialisation Bridge Grants scheme to provide this assistance at a variety of different stages.

"We want local innovators to build their businesses here in WA where they can continue to generate connections and develop their businesses.

"Congratulations to all 49 recipients of this round of IBG and CBGs. I am looking forward to seeing the leaps of progress that each of them will make with this vital early-stage and scale up funding."

List of Innovation Booster Grant recipients

Business Name




Biotome Pty Ltd

Intellectual Property for a novel preeclampsia risk test


Threadup Australia Pty Ltd

Semi-autonomous AI textile sorting machine - fibre to fibre recycling


Full Fat Ventures

Sustainable year-round vertical production of high-protein livestock feed


Cenergy Tech Pty Ltd

"E-Mast" - developing an electric powered integrated Foiling Mast


Neolixir Ltd

Intellectual property protection for a novel, scalable, antimicrobial resistance solution


Research Tech Pty Ltd

Quantum security for cloud and virtualised environments


Y-Trace Pty Ltd

Providing a superior assay for export in smart beehive monitoring system


Nexa Oceania Pty Ltd

Development of hydrogen pipeline relining solution


Access To Leisure and Sport Inc (ATLAS)

Innovation enabling people with mobility issues to access light aircraft


Origin Business Consultants

Development of streamlined online business registration portal, with focus on Indigenous businesses


Cognety Pty Ltd

Food recognition and behaviour change to improve health through diet


Eat Sustainably Pty Ltd

Commercialisation of the 'Eat Sustainably' platform for organisations to action Scope 3 ESG goals


Rapid Responder Pty Ltd

Development of Rapid Responder; an initial emergency responder preparedness tool


Abraham Scientific t/a Aquila Scientific

Development of microbiology diagnostic plates for agriculture and veterinary use


IP Collective Pty Ltd

Development of the GridTec power supply system


Kate Parker (Dash)

Dash development of financial integrations


Heailthigence Pty Ltd

Medsafe-AI: enhancing medication safety in neonatal intensive care units


Filit Pty Ltd

Child development, behaviour and wellbeing system


MinBioteck Pty Ltd

Development of new biotechnology mineral discovery tool


Capability X Pty Ltd

Development for CX Edge Control


Green Thumb Botanical Consulting

Development of Green Thumb virtual herbarium database and ID tool


Vernico Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd

Manufacturing single use liquid sachets of pharmaceutical-grade coconut oil emollient


We Spot Pty Ltd

Developing the accuracy of photo-recognition model


Hermes and Soteria

Software development for Overwatch vault and internal systems supporting commercialisation


Red Earth Pollen Pty Ltd

Establishing a novel phytomedicine industry for WA using bee propolis



Development of MyTab's WA hospitality and tourism in-app advertising feature


Health and Spice

High protein, allergen-free, nutritious plant-based milk from Tiger nut tubers


Conifr Technologies Pty Ltd

Scaling the innovation of sustainability analytics solution


Work Metrics

Workers compensation digital twin diagnostic MVP


Satva-Urja Technologies

Cost effective production and recycling of battery cathodes


Yokefellow Pty Ltd

Development of MVP for new pregnancy nutrition, community and education app


Farm Optimisation Group

A decision-tool to help farmers manage price and weather variations


Andrew Joseph O'Neil (t/a HUMBL. Devices)

HUMBL Looper Pedal - real-time audio time-stretching without pitch alteration loop pedal


Magic Wavelength Pty Ltd

WATERME portable device to indicate a plant's water needs



A platform helping not-for-profit organisations build digital capability


Serenity Life

Development of employee wellbeing, empowerment and mentoring tool: Take5 to Survive Burnout


Oqea Pty Ltd

Modernising mental healthcare: digitally Identifying inefficiencies in the system


Reliis Ltd

Getting the dose right - modelling existing data to optimise formulation


List of Commercialisation Bridge Grant recipients

Business Name/Company


Grant (A$)

C Sea Solutions Pty Ltd (t/a Uluu)

Scaling a novel alternative to plastic made from seaweed using fully in-house manufacturing


Neurotologix Pty Ltd

Commercialisation of remote patient monitoring device for dizziness and vertigo


Apsyrtus Biotechnology t/a VetChip

VetChip animal user interface development project


Customa Pty Ltd

CustomaSEALâ„¢ - navigating the path to commercial manufacturing scale up


SpaceDraft Pty Ltd

Commercialisation readiness for SpaceDraft as an embedded management tool


SynGenis Pty Ltd

Commercial manufacturing of short morpholino patches for RNA therapeutic development


Juice Batteries Pty Ltd

Scaling the hybrid diesel replacement system across global markets


Whole Green Foods Pty Ltd

Winx processing technology compact model prototyping


Engentus Pty Ltd

Development of Gen 2 TopTorque fastener technology to provide faster, safer and more accurate bolted joint assemblies


Azitec Pty Ltd

Commercialisation team readiness for Azitec Pty Ltd


Agile 8 Pty Ltd (t/a Agili8)

Project 3P to build sovereign capabilities