Public Data Data initiatives
Monday, 02 November 2015

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is partnering with Pollenizer, an established Australian incubator, to deliver DataStart – an open data initiative to support data-driven innovation in Australia.

Data-driven innovation added approximately $67 billion to the Australian economy in 2013.1 It is estimated that the Australian tech startup sector has the potential to contribute over $100 billion (4% of GDP) to the Australian economy by 2033.2

DataStart advances the Government's election commitment to work with the private sector on data-related, joint public-private projects. The initiative will find, incubate and accelerate innovative business ideas that leverage openly available data from the Australian Government.

The winning startup will be decided through a competitive selection process, culminating in a showcase event on 18 January 2016. Shortlisted applicants will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from government, industry and investment organisations, with their ideas judged on criteria such as the level of innovation and commercial viability.

The successful startup will be incubated from concept to delivery as part of the nine month Pollenizer Success Core Program. The startup will also be supported by a team based out of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, who will assist the startup in accessing government data, customer discovery and technical support.

DataStart is an opportunity for startups, incubators, big corporates and Government to work together to deliver cost effective and innovative digital services.

DataStart is sponsored by corporate partners, Optus and Google. PwC Australia is the strategic adviser for the initiative. Support is also being provided from CSIRO's Data61, Rozetta and the Australian Information Industry Association.

Pollenizer Investments has also partnered with Right Click Capital to offer a $200,000 seed capital investment. If both firms mutually agree to invest in the idea, the successful startup will be able to access the funds to grow their business and draw a salary during the incubation period.

A series of information nights will be held around the country during November. For more details and to secure your place at an information session, visit the Datastart website.

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1 PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Deciding with Data – How Data Driven Innovation is fuelling Australia's economic growth, September 2014
2 Price Waterhouse Coopers, The Startup Economy Report, 2013