Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A year of growth and development for Windlab

Global wind energy development company Windlab was established in 2003 to commercialise world leading atmospheric modelling and wind energy assessment technology as developed by Australia’s scientific research institute, the CSIRO.

Windlab has been utilising this technology to identify and develop ready to build wind farms which produce significant amounts of renewable energy, at a lesser expense than any other electricity producing alternative.
Windlab’s initiative and key role in the creation and development of Australia’s wind industry was recognised at the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards where they took out the category winner’s prize for Infrastructure and Construction.

Since then the company has continued to expand with Windlab’s 7500MW of renewable energy development pipeline maturing rapidly, as well as significant expansion in the overseas market.
2014 has also been a busy year for Windlab , with a focus on research and development.

Windlab’s Canberra based renewable energy centre-for-excellence, the WindScape Institute, was announced in March. The Institute consists of a team of highly trained physicists and engineers, many of whom studied locally at the Australian National University (ANU).

The objectives of WindScape are to create a high resolution global wind energy database using Windlab’s industry leading wind prospecting technology and to provide a centre to train the next generation of wind energy engineers and scientists.

Windlab Australian General Manager, Garth Heron, says that Canberra’s unique characteristics have played a key role in the company’s development and success.

“As a knowledge-based exporter, the strength of the ACT’s educational and tertiary institutions is at the heart of Windlab’s domestic and international competitive advantage,” Heron said.

“Canberra possesses an active culture of innovative technology-based entrepreneurialism that is not just encouraged but actively pursued and enabled through private and government collaboration.”

Windlab’s collaborative efforts stretch to government, tertiary institutions and industry associations such as the ACT Exporters Network, Canberra Business Council, South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE) and others.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards celebrate success stories such as this, providing national recognition for some of ACT’s quietest achievers.

“I’d whole-heartedly encourage any company exporting products and services from the ACT take a brief moment away from their day to day business and get involved in the ACT Export Awards,” said Heron.

Has your business had success like Windlab? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 22 August 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website External Link - opens in new window.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Singapore connections strengthened

In June, Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr led the ACT Government’s biggest ever overseas-bound delegation to Singapore, promoting Canberra’s trade, investment and tourism credentials as well as the education, ICT, creative, food, wine and sport sectors.

Participants on the trade mission included, Link Digital, SchoolPro, Quintessence Labs, E-Way, Contentgroup, Wild Bear Entertainment, OnTheGo Sports and 2014 Telstra ACT Business of the Year, Intelledox.

Other participants included prominent Canberra organisations such as ActewAGL, the National Gallery of Australia, University of Canberra, the Australian National University, Canberra Airport, the Canberra Business Council, NICTA, CollabIT, the National Zoo and Aquarium, the University of Canberra Brumbies, the AIS, ACTSport and the Accor and Rex Hotel groups.

Trade missions are component strategies of the ACT Government’s Global Connect program. The mission to Singapore had multiple objectives, from continuing to advocate for direct international flights to Canberra, to presenting investment opportunities around transformational projects such as City to the Lake and Capital Metro, deepening tourism connections and leveraging the business of sport.

The trade mission also showcased Canberra’s ICT capabilities with a number of participating companies taking part in CommunicAsia, Asia’s largest ICT exhibition. In the context of CommunicAsia, Intelledox announced a new deal that would see the company partner with business giant Fuji Xerox. The deal means that Fuji Xerox will become an authorised reseller of Intelledox’s Infiniti software in the Asia-Pacific market. Read more in Canberra software company Intelledox to partner with Fuji Xerox.

Canberra business OnTheGo Sports also had success on the mission, signing an exclusive deal to supply customised fitness apparel to international fitness chain, Anytime Fitness, for its Asian operations. The deal means OnTheGo will expand on its partnership with Anytime in Australia by supplying more than 30 individual products to gyms across Singapore, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Read more in Canberra fitness startup signs new Asian deal.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Software innovator named Telstra ACT Business of the Year

Locally-based global software company Intelledox has this week been named Business of the Year at the 2014 Telstra ACT Business Awards.

Intelledox, who just last month participated in the ACT Government’s Trade Mission to Singapore, was founded in 1992 by ANU science graduates Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne.

Since that time Intelledox has attracted more than one million worldwide users to its flagship product, Infiniti, with the company now competing with some of the biggest names in IT.

The Infinti software helps organisations to digitise and streamline paper-based information processes, mitigate risk and improve customer communication. A response to the demand for mobile-enabled business solutions, Infiniti was named one of Australia’s most innovative products or services on Anthill Magazine’s 2013 Smart 100 list External Link - opens in new window.

The business has experienced rapid international expansion from its small base in Fyshwick, with 35 staff now based in offices in Singapore, Toronto and recently opened offices in New York and London.

Mr Williamson, Intelledox’s CEO, says they are challenging traditional approaches to collecting, controlling and transforming customer interactions and manual processes through smarter document automation and more targeted customer communications for clients in the government, financial and healthcare sectors.

Mr Williamson said: "Our software is driven by the belief that applications should be simple to use, elegantly designed and able to perform beyond clients’ expectations."

"In technology, it is not enough to be a fast follower. We strive to be a thought leader in the customer communications and business process automation space."

Intelledox’s win at the 2014 ACT Telstra Business Awards comes just weeks after they announced a new partnership with business giant Fuji Xerox External Link - opens in new window. The deal see’s Fuji Xerox become an authorised reseller of Intelledox’s Infiniti software in the Asia-Pacific market.

Continuing the digital innovation trend at the awards, digital security contractor, Cogito Group, was named winner of the Start-Up category - recognised for its digital inscription technology that protects key public infrastructure from hackers and cyber attacks.

Other winners at the 2014 ACT Telstra Business Awards were Phillip-based micro business, Solace Creations, which specialises in energy efficient windows and doors, and father and son small business, Today’s Homes, which provides custom design and construction services for residential home-builders.
Winners of the ACT awards progress to the Telstra Australian Business Awards, which will be announced in Melbourne on 7 August.