USE THIS ONEGrants available to honour Australian military history: Seventy-nine community groups and organisations from across the country will receive funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program for projects that help preserve Australia’s military history. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said more than $1 million would be provided to assist the successful applicants in completing projects and activities that commemorate our service personnel. “We have a rich military history and many Australians have a grandparent, parent, sibling or relative who have served in our defence forces and have played a role in helping shape the nation,” Chester said. “By funding projects that safeguard our nation’s wartime heritage, we are ensuring generations to come have the opportunity to learn and connect with this service and sacrifice. Some of the projects that received funding include, the restoration of the National Military and Service War Dog memorial in Wacol, the development of a digital database of Second World War veterans and construction of a new cenotaph to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel.” The program runs throughout the year, with the next batch now open for applications. Applications for Batch 3 of the 2020-21 Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program close on 11 February 2021. Visit the Community Grants Hub for more information.

Brisbane company selected for ATI Boeing Accelerator program: A Brisbane real-time radiation monitoring solution has been selected as one of 10 global start-ups from 200 applicants for the sustainability-focused ATI Boeing UK Accelerator program, which includes a global mentoring network and a $175,000 Boeing investment. SensaWeb, based at Karana Downs, west of Brisbane – which provides world-first, specialised sensor-as-a-service ionising radiation monitoring for their worldwide clients – will now benefit from access to leading industry strategists and technical experts as part of the second, three-month program which opens this week. The start-up can also now look to further develop its technology thanks to introductions to the program’s network of angel investors, venture capital firms and the wider aerospace industry. The first ATI Boeing UK Accelerator cohort in London raised more than $11.1 million additional investment and created more than 30 jobs – and partnered with top-tier businesses including Rolls-Royce and Chevron Technology Ventures. Meanwhile, the other nine start-ups who join SensaWeb in the second cohort hail from three continents and have raised almost $23 million to date, with 20 percent at pre-seed stage (bootstrapped or grant funded), 40 percent at seed stage and 30 percent beyond seed stage. The accelerator was created in partnership by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures and is delivered by European accelerator Ignite. GKN Aerospace is the program’s corporate sponsor and Rolls-Royce recently joined as a program partner.

HENSOLDT acquires open source  intelligence provider SAIL LABS: Sensor specialist HENSOLDT has acquired the Austrian company SAIL LABS, a leading provider of AI-based Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) solutions. With this step, HENSOLDT completes its sensor portfolio with intelligent solutions for the digital space and thus takes a further step towards becoming one of the leading data analysis houses in the security and defence sector in Germany. Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT, said: “National security matters increasingly include issues of smart data collection and analysis. Therefore, governments and security agencies increasingly invest in these capabilities. Smart ISR and Smart Spectrum Dominance will become standard equipment in many security and defence solutions. With the acquisition of SAIL LABS, we continue our strategy of consistently investing in key technologies that will strengthen our position as a leading European champion in the field of defence and security electronics.”


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