Accenture and Microsoft have partnered to bring their Project Amplify social impact initiative to Australia and New Zealand, with nine start-ups selected for the program.

A joint sustainability and social impact initiative between Microsoft and professional services firm Accenture has landed in ANZ. Known as “Project Amplify”, the program will see the two companies support social enterprise start-ups through mentorship, access to digital technologies and collaboration opportunities, so that participants can develop evidence of concepts, scale emerging solutions and refine their business models. .

Nine start-ups from Australia and New Zealand have been selected for the year-long program, which extends a successful trial in South Asia.

At the grassroots level, much of the focus is on how cloud, data, and artificial intelligence can be harnessed to support organizations looking to reduce waste and meet their sustainability goals.

Among those selected, the Sydney-based platform givvable, for example, helps companies find and verify the sustainability and ESG credentials of third-party suppliers, while Sustinent uses biotechnology to transform industrial-scale agricultural green waste into usable products such as livestock feed. Meanwhile, Melbourne’s 4ZeroTechnologies is working on sustainable digital twin solutions for the mining, waste management and agriculture sectors.

“ANZ start-ups are finding innovative ways to solve critical sustainability and social issues, but need help to scale their solutions and amplify their reach and impact,” said Scott Hahn, Head of Accenture’s ANZ technology. “By bringing together our global experience, vast talent ecosystems, and access to technology and best practices, we can help dramatically improve equality, inclusion, education, health, sustainability, and environment.”

Joining other Amplify Project participants in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Japan, the remaining local cohort includes; Build-Apps (cloud in commercial real estate); The Clinician (digital health data management); PlanCare (NDIS funding management); AskDora (AI-powered health communications); TownSquared (a math teaching aid app); and AgUnity, a digital supply chain solution that supports rural farmers.

Microsoft ANZ Director of Sustainability Brett Shoemaker said, “It is a great privilege to work with Accenture and these young companies as they strive to innovate with impact. The Amplify project was designed to streamline access to cutting-edge digital technologies and skills, as well as the global expertise and networks that will support these Australian and New Zealand companies as they bring their ideas to life.