Local innovator secures federal support for world-leading online education

  • November 29, 2016

An Artarmon resident’s innovative company, Chatty Kids, will now turbocharge its expansion plans with a $494,956 grant from the Turnbull government to help them commercialise their new online literacy product and to help young children learn to read and speak English.

Chatty Kids (www.chattykids.com) is one of 22 Australian businesses that will benefit from $7.6 million in grants, with each business matching the grant dollar-for-dollar.

These businesses have all developed innovative new products but need financial support and expert advice to bring these bright ideas to market.

Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, welcomed the grant made to Chatty Kids, which is operated by Artarmon resident, Ken Taggart.

“Chatty Kids has shown a great deal of initiative in developing their fantastic program which engages children online to read and speak English.  They have a particular focus on expanding the product to Chinese students and are using Australian teachers in the process,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Innovation is central to the Turnbull government’s plan to grow the Australian economy and I’m very pleased we have been able to support Chatty Kids.”

“The program means that on any internet connected device, a Chatty Kids user selects an e-book from a graded library and follows along as a native English speaker reads the text in a video window. It’s just incredible what this program can do and the results it is having.

Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Greg Hunt said innovation is vital to improving people’s lives by creating new businesses and helping existing businesses grow.

“Ultimately our policies are focused on helping Australians to put more money in their back pocket, through the creation of new jobs and better jobs,” Minister Hunt said.

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme offers support to help entrepreneurs, researchers and businesses address key challenges on the pathway to commercialisation.

So far 168 organisations have benefited from over $85.7 million in funding, as well as support from experienced commercialisation advisers.