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South Australian Landing Pad program attracts two internationals

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The state government program to help companies set up in Adelaide has landed two companies looking to expand in Australia and across Asia.

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Leading Keyidea, a subsidiary of Shanghai Leading Education Technology, and Melbourne-based logistics software and consulting services company Market Motion, will establish offices in South Australia.

Minister for Trade and Investment Stephen Patterson said both companies had been attracted to Adelaide by a South Australian Landing Pad agreement for $80,000, of which $40,000 is to be used to help with office space and $40,000 to hire local professional services suppliers.

Minister Patterson said Leading Keyidea will provide primary and high schools with science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths (STEAM) education services to foster the next generation of technology innovators.

“A key aspect of Leading Keyidea’s business will be to build upon the state’s up-and-coming STEAM market; bringing about innovative school courses, programming clubs, online and offline activities, and educator training,” Minister Patterson said.

“The company will work with South Australia’s education institutions to develop and improve locally suitable STEAM courses, with a focus on innovation and multidisciplinary integration – including electronics and programming, merging mathematics, artificial intelligence, arts and creative thinking.

“By introducing advanced and practical AI education and coding resource into K12 schools, students will have access to high-quality courses and technological activities, such as an AI and Robotics camp program, targeting primary and secondary schools initially in China and South Australia.

“These global exchange activities will help attract international students to South Australia, whilst at the same time, attract international companies to invest here through cooperative hi-tech projects.”

CEO of Leading Keyidea, Dr Lan Wang, said the company is committed to bringing the latest global AI education practises to South Australia.

“From AI education to AI technology implementation, we look forward to co-development with our local customers and partners, mobilising AI talents and empowering the whole industry.”

Minister Patterson said the company will also engage with South Australia’s hi-tech sector and universities to transfer their leading international technologies into local applications, focusing on satellite communications, agricultural and industrial applications.

The other Landing Pad recipient is Melbourne-based logistics software and consulting services company Market Motion.

It plans to establish a South Australian base to launch its growth into Southeast Asia.

Market Motion specialises in providing route planning, dispatch, telematics and data analytics services to organisations with transport operations and in-field personnel.

Richard Alp, director and founder of Market Motion, said they decided to open an office in South Australia because Adelaide was an effective base to service markets in Southeast Asia.

“Adelaide is a great option for Market Motion to service our Southeast Asian customers,” Alp said.

“We are currently servicing six countries with a view to build our presence further across the Asia Pacific.”

Alp said that Market Motion added a cloud-based platform and telematics capabilities in 2019, which opened up viability and access to smaller customers.

“Our solution helps our customers – big or small – to manage the ever-increasing complexity of business today,” he said.

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