Open data: Government partners with Pollenizer for 'DataStart'

Initiative focussed on boosting private sector use of open data

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and incubator Pollenizer have launched a new program intended to help boost the use of datasets made available by the government.

Twenty applicants to the first DataStart program will be chosen to attend coaching workshops in Sydney to help flesh out their idea for an open-data-based startup.

"Founders are being given freedom and support to creatively 'mash-up' information and discover new value we haven't even thought of yet," said Pollenizer partner Daniel Ringrose.

"Founders can pursue their big vision without restrictions to comply with mandated themes or outcomes. Its founders, not the data, that will make this program succeed."

In January, teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and government representatives.

One team will win a nine-month incubation program with Pollenizer and support from the government including help with customer discovery and technical support delivered by a team based out of the DPMC.

The winning team will also be offered a $200,000 seed capital investment from Right Click Capital.

The initiative is also be supported by Optus, Google, PwC Australia, CSIRO's Data61, Rozetta and the Australian Information Industry Association.

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