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Entrepreneurs' Programme – Incubator Support Programme

Overview

This programme aims to provide funding to incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups in international markets. It forms part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme which is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level.

Funding is provided through two components, both of which require a funding contribution from applicants:
1. New and existing incubators
- Grants between $26,000 and $500,000 are available, with a maximum project duration of 24 months.
- The maximum grant percentage varies depending on the project location as defined in the regional locator tool.
a) Incubators in major cities may receive a maximum grant of 50% of the eligible project value and must make a minimum cash contribution of 30%.
b) Incubators with projects located in regional areas may receive up to 65% of the eligible project value and must make a minimum cash contribution of 15%.

2. Expert in residence
- Grants between $5,000 and 100,000 are available, with a maximum project duration of 12 months.
- The grant amount will be up to 50% of total eligible project value.
- Applicants must make a minimum cash contribution of 30% of the eligible project value.

A total funding pool of $23 million is available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be an existing incubator or establishing a new incubator that can foster and facilitate the development of innovative start-ups focused on international trade.
 - Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
a) An entity incorporated in Australia
b) An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
c) An incorporated not for profit organisation
d) A publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in Appendix A of the Guidelines
e) A local government agency or body as defined in Appendix A of the Guidelines

Joint applications are acceptable and encouraged, provided the application have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must contribute to the initiative’s objectives and directly relate to the project. Examples of eligible activities include:
1. New and existing incubators
- Expanding mentor networks to new mentors with national or international expertise.
- Providing or facilitating access for start-ups to new resources (such as purchase of technical equipment) to promote or facilitate international trade.
- Providing or facilitating access for start-ups to new knowledge (such as customer acquisition and/or business development
methods) to promote or facilitate international trade.
- Facilitating start-ups’ access to new international networks (e.g.investors, customers peer firms).

2. Expert in residence
- A workshop where an expert gives advice on developing business activities, for example in international markets.
- Engaging a national or international expert (with knowledge in start-up related technology and international experience) to assist start-ups address key challenges during an incubator program.
- National or international exchanges with an expert from another incubator either in Australia or overseas.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible/ineligible activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Management and business capability (40 points)
- Benefit to the incubator, start-ups and the broader innovation ecosystem (50 points)
- Impact of the grant (10 points)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible to apply:
- An individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).
- A Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises and corporate Commonwealth entities).

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Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2018-04-20 Download
Sample Application Form - New and Existing Incubators 2018-04-20 Download
Sample Application Form - Expert in Residence 2018-04-20 Download
Sample Grant Agreement Form - New and Existing Incubators 2018-04-20 Download
Sample Grant Agreement Form - Expert in Residence 2018-04-20 Download
Accountants Declaration for Grants over $50,000 2018-04-20 Download
Sample Board or CEO Approval Letter 2018-04-20 Download
Recipients - New and Existing Incubator 2018-10-22 Download
Recipients - Expert in Residence 2018-10-22 Download
Factsheet 2019-01-08 Download
FAQs 2019-01-08 Download
Application Checklist 2019-01-08 Download
DataStart Program Information Sheet 2019-04-08 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

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Dates
Status Open
Opening Date 14 Dec 2017
Closing Information
This programme is open on an ongoing basis.

Value
Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $5,000
Max.Funding $500,000
Total Funding Pool $23M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Activities
Training / Employment
Start-up / Establishment
Innovation and R&D
Sector/SubSector
CommunityServices : Employment
Other : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Location
National
Region
Any
Industries
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Organisation
Difficulty Rating
Administrator
Tier Federal
Department
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Contacts
Program Administrator
AusIndustry
Telephone
132846
Email
https://www.business.gov.au/Contact-us
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit