The Entrepreneurs’ Programme uses experienced Advisers and Facilitators, drawn from industry, to ensure businesses get the advice and support needed to improve their competitiveness, productivity and to seek growth opportunities. Practical support for businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs includes: advice from people with relevant private sector experience, co-funded grants to commercialise novel intellectual property in the form of new products, processes and services, funding to take advantage of growth opportunities, and connection and collaboration opportunities.
The programme offers support to businesses through four elements:
Accelerating Commercialisation – provides businesses with access to expert advice and matched funding of up to $1M to cover eligible commercialisation costs to help them to take novel products, processes and services to market.
Incubator Support – provides new and existing business incubators with matched funding of up to $500,000, to assist Australian start-ups develop the capabilities required to succeed in international markets.
Innovation Connections – provides small and medium sized businesses with access to expert technology advice to address technology and knowledge gaps, and collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential. Support includes up to $50,000 in matched funding to work on collaborative projects.
Business Management – experienced Business Advisers and Facilitators review business operations, including business direction, strategy, growth opportunities and supply chain. They provide a report with strategies for business improvement and work with you to make them happen. Services and grants include:
- Business Evaluation
- Business Growth Grants
- Supply Chain Facilitation
- Growth Services
- Northern Australia Initiative
- Each element has specific eligibility requirements. View the Programme Guidelines for further details.
- Please contact Paul Arthur, Business Partnership Manager (ECMS, Arts & Professions) for assistance with an application.
- Applications may be lodged at any time during the life of the Programme.