Collaborate start-up to short circuit red tape for sparkies
Kurt Alexander is a man on a mission to modernise safety certification for electrical contractors, simplifying red tape and making life easier for the 35,000 licensed sparkies in Queensland.
In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and BlueChilli, Kurt has developed QuickSafety, a mobile application that enables electricians to complete safety certificates quickly and easily on their mobile device, securely storing the completed certificates for access by the electrician, the company, and regulatory bodies for five years.
“It's hard to believe, but electricians around Australia still have to fill out paper-based electrical safety certificates each time they complete a job,” said Mr Alexander (pictured), who has been working out of the Collaborate hub in Brisbane.
“This is frustrating for the electrician, a huge admin overhead for the business, and exposes both the electrician and the business to regulatory risk due to incomplete and lost certificates, or failure to store certificates for the required five-year period.”
QuickSafety solves this problem and has just released its first version of the QuickSafety App into the Apple AppStore.
“Friday was a huge day for QuickSafety and seeing our app go live was a huge milestone. We’ve gone from a concept to a fully working product in less than seven months,” he said.
Developed through Collaborate, an initiative of CCIQ, BlueChilli and Suncorp Bank, Quick Safety is one of the first cohort of Suncorp Bank #SmallBusinessChallenges winners, a competition that ran in February 2016 to find start-up ideas which could solve real problems facing small business.
Having worked in the electrical industry since 2000, and then consulting back to the industry in 2009, it was dealing with clients’ frustrations that Kurt saw an opportunity to make a difference and alleviate the pain that sparkies encountered on the ground.
When the opportunity came to pitch for the Collaborate #SmallBusinessChallenges competition, he grabbed it with both hands.
CCIQ’s GM of Collaborate James Flaherty said it was precisely what was envisaged from the Suncorp Bank #SmallBusinessChallenges competition.
“Kurt is exactly the sort of founder and QuickSafety the perfect business for Collaborate and our Suncorp Bank #SmallBusinessChallenges campaign,” Mr Flaherty said.
“Kurt has identified a clear problem for an industry sector and worked to develop a simple, low cost and easy to use solution that will make form filling easier, quicker and more efficient.
“That has to be good news for the 35,000 sparkies in Queensland.”
QuickSafety is now building on this amazing start to secure customers and to grow the profile of the application and the story behind what will go on to become a successful Queensland start-up.
To find the app, search QuickSafety in the AppStore, follow this link:
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In a unique approach to helping businesses to start-up, accelerate and innovate, the state’s leading business group, a global start-up incubator, a social enterprise accelerator and the state’s leading financial services provider have partnered to create Collaborate, a unique accelerator challenging entrepreneurs and creative thinkers to solve the problems of small business. For more information on Collaborate, visit: https://collaborate.cciq.com.au/