New Industries Fund: Innovation Booster Grant 2023 recipients

Meet the 2023 recipients of the Innovation Booster Grant
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The Innovation Booster Grant is a competitive funding grant designed to help Western Australian innovators overcome barriers on the path to commercialisation.

First launched in 2011, the IBG is part of the WA Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund to attract investment and promote the economic diversification of Western Australia.

Meet the 2023 recipients

In 2023, 43 innovators have been chosen to share in grant funding of over $1.5 million.

Fourteen of the recipients identify as culturally or linguistically diverse, 13 have female founders, five live regionally, two are youth entrepreneurs and two individuals awarded are living with a disability.

In line with the State Government’s Health and Medical Life Sciences Industry strategy, six of the 2023 Innovator Booster Grant recipients will be supported through Health and Medical Life Sciences funding.

Read on below to find out about the successful recipients and their initiatives:

New Industries Funded Grants: 


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Deliver telehealth to remote indigenous children using XRAI Vision smartglasses

Remoteness, lack of transport, travel costs and socio-cultural barriers are significant barriers for indigenous children to access healthcare, often resulting in permanent disabilities before the age of 15, which prevents them from learning and gainful employment. Agili8’s innovation connects the frontline social workforce trusted by Indigenous communities to a metro healthcare provider for telehealth using their augmented reality smartglasses. The use of XRAI Vision smartglasses to deliver telehealth to remote indigenous children will transform the way virtual care is delivered without forcing the children to leave their families and Country to Close the Gap of healthcare inequity.

AGRA Farming Tech

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: ARVUM0

Agriculture has both a significant impact on and is impacted by climate change as well as several other sustainability and socioeconomic factors. In order to ensure the supply of one of our most fundamental resources, we need a sustainable and cost-effective production method. AVRUM is AGRA Farming Tech’s premier commercial-scale growing system growing crops in a controlled environment anywhere and anytime in the world.


  • Grant: $38,720
  • Project: Measuring Company Culture

Research shows that psycho-social risks or mental health are often hard for people to raise or talk about. This is particularly the case in male-dominated industries such as mining. Traditional risk assessment methods are insufficient in helping organisations to identify what or where these complex risks are within the business.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues and work is a known contributor to mental health. In addition to affecting the health and wellbeing of workers, psychosocial hazards can also impact performance and increase the risk of accidents. Archispeaks offers an industry-wide a simple and effective solution for the identification and management of mental health issues which offers benefits for individual and organisations.


  • Grant: $38,800
  • Project: Bank Guarantee Switch Product

Once bank guarantees are established, they are typically locked to the incumbent bank on the terms agreed at the time of establishment and applied throughout the life of the guarantee. 

Assuro is developing a digital solution that will enable businesses to refinance their existing bank guarantees with a replacement bank on improved terms without the need for the business to provide any additional security throughout the refinance process. 

This solution will drive much needed competition into the bank guarantee market and ensure businesses can always access competitive rates throughout the life of their bank guarantees.


  • Grant: $34,704 
  • Project: BenStop – GP 20/40 shipping container door brace

Millions of shipping containers are handled globally, with many organisations impacted by blunt force injury or entrapment incidents resulting from unrestrained container doors. When used correctly, BenStop’s product significantly reduces the likelihood of these types of incidents occurring.


  • Grant: $37,840
  • Project: CryspIQ - SAAS Market Offering

CryspIQ enables all organisations to not only improve their data quality but also formats data ready for analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. It also supports the drive for WA tertiary education world leadership by providing new way of looking at data in the data science domain. 

Culture Counts Aus

  • Grant: $35,394
  • Project: Culture Counts Flexible Report

Founded and based in Western Australia, most of Culture Counts’ users are small, community-based organisations that cannot afford expert data analysis and skilled consultants but are just as eager to demonstrate their impact to stakeholders in a meaningful way through tailored reports. The Culture Counts Flexible Report aims to assist organisations to be more efficient and effective, leading to better community and social outcomes.

Cumulus Project

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Digital Twin Wayfinding For Aerial Drones

The Digital Twin Wayfinding program improves safety whilst reducing barriers that limit choice and significantly reduce planning and post processing costs associated with robotic visual inspections.

Electro Nautic

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Electro-Mechanical Retraction System for WaveDrive Hydrofoil

WaveFlyer watercraft with electric hydrofoils provide opportunities to enjoy the pristine waters of Western Australia with virtually no noise, wake, pollution and zero carbon emissions.

ELMA Education

  • Grant: $39,967
  • Project: Product testing of the Emotional Literacy and Mindfulness Academy (ELMA)

Half of mental disorders are developed by the age of 14 years. Working from a place of prevention as opposed to cure, ELMA Education’s tools help children build sustainable skills that encourage accountability, responsibility and healthy social skills with self and others.


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Transeo Autonomous Solar Farm Maintenance System

As local and global reliance on renewable energy increases, Exagro’s applied technology will deliver a cost benefit to plant operators, as well as de-risk operations through a preventative maintenance strategy, ultimately delivering cost-effective clean energy to consumers.

Future Materials

  • Grant: $19,913
  • Project: Future Materials - the platform for a sustainable future

The construction industry contributes to 25% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reach net zero by 2050, the building sector must decarbonise fast. Future Materials aims to accelerate the decarbonisation that is necessary by empowering the design and building community to innovate responsibly.

Green Earth Waste

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Waste-to-Energy Transportable Containerised Digester Unit Prototype

Green Earth Waste Solutions will help the food and other industries reduce their organic waste destined for landfill by converting it to Green Energy.

Industry OneCard

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Commercialisation of Industry OneCARD: The New Standard in Workforce Compliance

Industry OneCARD (IOC) is a vital tool for the protection of the WA supply chain, and WA workers.

A WA small-to-medium enterprise (SME) without an affordable solution to support workforce compliance is at a greater risk of allocating workers to tasks they are not competent in doing. This also leaves the SME liable to incurring high fines and penalties under Work Health and Safety legislation if employees are involved in an incident.

IOC can also save industry sectors millions of dollars by reducing the amount of duplicate training that currently occurs, by enabling transferable records.


  • Grant: $35,240
  • Project: Improving statistical analysis of on-farm trials

Laconik has developed cloud-based software that uses GPS and GIS technologies to enable on-farm swarm trials of fertilisers and other farm inputs to be incorporated into regular farming practices, allowing the collection of accurate data to make more informed decisions that are specific to their properties.

Accurate data collection and statistical analysis of on-farm trials will lead to higher profitability for farmers while lowering their carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Matilda Health

  • Grant: $39,442
  • Project: Matilda, a comprehensive MVP digital health platform for people with endometriosis.

1 in 9 women and people assigned female at birth have endometriosis, a condition that costs the Australian economy $9.7 billion annually. The Matilda digital platform will help these people and the health system manage this condition better. 

Metabolic Health Solutions

  • Grant: $27,600
  • Project: A novel low-cost sensor to support widespread metabolism testing

If validated, the new sensor will pave the way for new low cost technologies, built here in WA, that will provide effective, personalised metabolic health insights for patients in WA and globally.


  • Grant: $27,828
  • Project: Development of MyTab Central Management System

MyTab's upcoming project is to commence the development of MyTab’s web-based central management system which will integrate data from both the customer and venue apps to merge statistics on customer behavioural analytics and venue performance analytics. This digital development will provide access to data to drive an increase in economic empowerment, innovation, efficiency and strategic direction for the hospitality industry.

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Novel markers of coronary plaque from routine medical imaging

Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer and kills 1 Australian every 12 minutes. Current clinical management detects late-stage disease; however, at least half of heart attacks occur in those with earlier-stage disease that is either not detected or deemed low-risk using current methods. Navier Medical is developing new ways to use routine medical images to identify those at risk before it’s too late. This will not only improve patient outcomes, but also reduce the huge costs associated with unnecessary testing and treatment.

Omni Biotech

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Development of cloud processing pipeline for real-time workforce hydration management

Omni is working with the WA resources sector to pilot their MVP, which replaces daily urine tests and reduces time per test from 90 minutes to 90 seconds. With dehydration being a major contributor to the 3 most common on-site accidents and 50% of the 156,000 West Australians employed in the resources industry starting their shifts dehydrated, Omni's technology will contribute to a safer and more productive resources industry in Western Australia.

Online Speechie

  • Grant: $29,987
  • Project: Online Speechie Screener

The Online Speechie Screener revolutionises early intervention by simulating a conversation with a speech pathologist. This technology benefits parents who face long waiting periods, ultimately improving education outcomes, reducing financial burden, and benefiting the economy by identifying at-risk children early on.

Outdoors Great Southern

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Data Trail - Trail Maintenance Auditing and Asset Management App

Trail data used for proactive rather than reactive trails maintenance will significantly improve the condition of our trails and will help connect more people in WA with the outdoors and diverse landscapes. Better maintained trails offer significant economic, health, well-being, social and community benefits

Pleiades Australia

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Sustainable Infrastructure Construction Manager mobile application

Western Australia is an early adopter and global leader in the contractual mandating and resourcing of sustainability ratings for major infrastructure projects.  Infrastructure built today will underpin and span the 2050 Net Zero transition of our communities to a zero carbon economy.  Sustainability ratings are a powerful means for driving and benchmarking sustainability outcomes.  Pleiades Australia’s basic design will support accounting and information exchange on a whole-of-society basis.

Pot Pirate

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Pot Watcher

 The Pot Watcher innovation provides a reliable solution to protect craypots from theft, reducing financial losses and frustration for recreational fishermen. By deterring theft, it helps maintain the honesty of recreational fishing and promotes a more sustainable fishing community.


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Procuracon Platform – Module 2

Procuracon aims to empower more than 400,000 construction businesses in Australia (and globally), to propel the industry forward toward more sustainable procurement solutions. No longer will businesses have to tediously sift through an abundance of supplier data. Instead, the platform makes finding and assessing suppliers become an instantaneous task.


  • Grant: $22,784
  • Project: RhizoGrow - improving water retention and yields in irrigated horticulture with hydrogels

RhizoGrowTM will increase revenue for growers, strengthen WA’s role as a vegetable producer and increase food security while simultaneously delivering environmental benefits. If the project is successful, the community will benefit from more environmentally-friendly food production and increased food security.


  • Grant: $39,440
  • Project: Product development of B2B Saas fundraising platform for startups

Startups are the bridge to a post-carbon future - where society is reimagined, our economy rebalanced and nature restored. But, sadly, a lack of capital means most startups fail. Raaise provides the tools and connections to help these startups, and our communities, thrive.

RLF Agtech

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Project Prove – creating a global fertiliser opportunity from Welshpool

WA’s broadacre harvest (wheat, barley, canola, lupins) has an annual value of over $10 billion. Plant nutrition can increase crop yields significantly; a potential 5% yield increase from enhancing seedling germination and early growth with RLF Agtech’s Veridium seed priming technology could represent $500 million increased crop revenue for farmers annually. That’s a major commercial benefit for WA farmers. What’s more, adoption of Veridium would enable farmers to reduce use of traditional chemical and granular fertilisers, and reduce their costs.


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Asparagopsis Commercial Plant Site Location Scoping Study

Livestock production is estimated to contribute 14.5% of total global greenhouse emissions. There is a global movement towards carbon free food production being driven by governments, industry, shareholders and consumers. SeaStock aims to contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production through the commercialisation of our cultivation and extraction IP.

Smart Shop Floor

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Smart Shop Floor

Western Australian manufacturers are the backbone of the community, employing local residents and a key contributor to the Western Australian economy. Smart Shop Floor assists Western Australian manufacturers to grow their business and support our community by employing more people and with increased economic activity.

Speed Signature

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Speed Signature

Sport is a cultural cornerstone of Western Australia. Speed Signature’s analytics have the potential to provide insights that will support elite performance at the highest level and drive development programs forward through increased accuracy in planning training interventions. As a WA-based technology firm, Speed Signature is ardently support the growing technology sector and will promote the industry globally in pursuit of overseas markets.


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Harnessing ‘brainpower’ electrical brain STIM.ulation to enhance recovery and performance

STIM. is a wearable device that uses safe electrical brain stimulation to speed up recovery from musculoskeletal injuries/conditions and enhance the learning of new motor skills.

Wata Wacha

  • Grant: $39,200
  • Project: Wata Watcha water leak detection and water usage monitoring device

The Wata Watcha will help homeowners, renters, insurers, and water authorities save on water bills and renovation costs, and most importantly help reduce water waste.

TORNOW Equestrian

  • Grant: $39,880
  • Project: Showguard

The Showguard will contribute to promoting a safer sport within the equestrian community. The product will effectively bridge the gap between safety and aesthetics, offering riders a higher level of versatility. By combining safety and style, the Showguard provides equestrians with a comprehensive solution that ensures their well-being without compromising their individual preferences.

Watts & Fisher

  • Grant: $32,480
  • Project: Proof of concept for an alternative process for rare earths

Watts & Fisher hopes their technology will help the Western Australian community by reducing chemical pollution, and also help producers of rare earths lower capital costs.


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Wevolt: People-Powered Network for Electric Vehicle charging

Wevolt helps Australia’s electric vehicle (EV) community by uniting fragmented charging networks and providing an easy way to find and purchase EV charge.   


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: A digital supply chain platform for advanced manufacturing

WorkbenchX helps to build and enhance WA's sovereign manufacturing capabilities and create highly skilled manufacturing jobs in Western Australia. WorkbenchX platform facilitates partnerships between international OEMs and WA's advanced manufacturing SMEs to build sustainable and resilient supply chains for Western Australian Industrial companies.

Life Sciences Funded Grants


  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: A customised medical device to improve the security of ostomates

Three in 4 people living with a stoma experiencing some degree of leakage between the effluent bag and the skin, which leads to skin damage, isolation from society, and restrictions in personal life. Customa’s bespoke medical device optimises security and comfort for a person living with stoma.

Ear Science

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Novel therapeutics for treatment of sensorineural hearing loss

Permanent hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world, affecting about 1.5 billion people globally. Mostly associated with ageing it will affect the lives almost every older adult, and about 5000 children in Western Australia also have some degree of permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss has an impact on many aspects of life, including communication, education and employment.

Ear Science's laboratory is one of only two worldwide that have developed the skills and know-how to grow inner ear cells from skin cells. This genetic testing platform that will be built will form the basis of the future development of therapies to prevent and cure permanent hearing loss. Ear Science's mission is to bring about a paradigm shift in the treatment of sensorineural hearing loss.

Ear Science's innovation will foster the advancement of novel therapeutics for the treatment of sensorineural hearing loss. It is a privilege for Ear Science to contribute directly to the health and well-being of children and adults in Western Australia.


  • Grant: $31,314
  • Project: A Novel Nanotech: A Giant Global Step for Oral Health

3.5 billion people are suffering from gum disease and tooth decay - diseases that have increased by 1 billion over the past 30 years due to the lack of access to prevention and treatment.

To solve this problem, Eikonic is commercialising a world-first, gold-infused, bacteria-resistant coating (a paste in its current version, working on liquids and gum too) designed to provide “an invisible shield” over teeth and gum surfaces as well as strengthen the health and vitality of these tissues to resist disease.

Hepatitis WA

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Tapll Community Testing for improved hepatitis screening and treatment

This project will validate the accuracy of blood tests for micro samples of capillary blood, against current venepuncture blood testing for diagnosis of communicable diseases.

Inspiring Holdings

  • Grant: $40,000
  • Project: Benchmark testing for the USS Nebuliser Spacer Device

Inspiring is developing a novel technology known as the Universal Spacer System which is able to provide spacer capacity to nebulisers for the very first time. The technology improves the delivery of drugs to the lungs while also improving ease of use and safety for the users and those around them. The device also ensures that nebulised delivery of liquid medication as an aerosol or mist to the lungs does not escape to the atmosphere and wasted.   

Setonix Pharma

  • Grant: $39,200
  • Project: Small molecule drugs in immuno-oncology

Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that boosts the immune system to fight cancer, which has shown tremendous results, but only in some cancers and in some patients. In addition, current immunotherapies need to be administered via infusion, which is invasive and expensive to the healthcare system. Setonix Pharma are developing a drug that be taken as a tablet, which can boost the immune response against cancer, improving the current standard of care.