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SA Innovation Challenge: Augmenting Ability

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The South Australian Government has launched the SA Innovation Challenge, allocating up to $1 million to the successful applicant (or applicants) willing to develop an innovative product or service under the theme of Augmenting Ability.

Innovators, startups, and businesses are invited to address the challenge:

Demonstrate South Australia’s capability to harness frontier technologies across the research and innovation value chain to develop new products or services that augment the ability of a person at any stage of life to live independently, productively, with dignity and wellbeing, and create early market advantage for South Australian businesses.

While you may partner with organisations from across Australia or internationally, ultimately the Challenge aims to deliver outcomes with the potential to transform South Australian industries and deliver solutions of benefit to local communities.

Expressions of interest are open from now until 23 April 2021.

About the SA Innovation Challenge

The SA Innovation Challenge is an initiative of EXCITE, the SA Government's 10-year science and innovation strategy. The aim of the Challenge is to showcase South Australia's research and innovation capabilities by identifying solutions to a global problem that has the potential to transform supply chains and propel SA's economic growth.

The SA Innovation Challenge will:

  • encourage collaboration between industry and the research sector
  • see the advancement of technology that may dramatically improve the quality of life for people across the world
  • foster new collaborations and harness R&D to deliver technology-based solutions
  • drive innovation, and create market advantage for local startups, SMEs and businesses.

Participating consortia will be able to demonstrate novel research approaches, effective collaboration between research and business partners and a path to translation for technology-based solutions to a commercial outcome which meets a market need.

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Peter Hoppo, State Manager, 08 8154 3701,