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Announcement

Changes regarding the Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Incubator Support Initiative

New grant opportunity guidelines are now available for the Incubator Support Initiative.

The program has been expanded to provide funding to incubators supporting first-generation migrants and refugees that are interested in establishing a start-up enterprise with potential to commercialise in overseas markets.

New and existing incubators that do not have a specific focus on first-generation migrants and refugees can also apply.

New guidelines are available for both components: New and Existing Incubators and Expert in Residence.

Key Changes

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply for a new and existing incubators grant opportunity.

We have reduced the maximum grant amount to $250,000 for new and existing incubators.

You can only have one funded ISI project at any one time. If you have an existing project it must be completed, including submitting a satisfactory final report, before you can apply for another grant.

Please read the Grant opportunity guidelines and key information carefully.

Applications are now open.

Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators


Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators provides incubators with funding to help start-ups develop the capabilities to succeed in international markets.
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You can submit an application for Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators at any time.

 
What do you get?

From $13,000 to $250,000 of funding for up to 2 years. Funding covers eligible project value of up to 65% in regional areas or up to 50% in major cities.

Who is this for?

Australian incubators supporting start-ups, including those with first-generation migrant and refugee founders, to help them achieve commercial success in international markets.

Overview


Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators gives incubators the help they need to assist start-ups, through: 

  • delivering high quality services to start-ups to improve their chances of commercial success in international markets
  • partnering with first-generation migrant and refugee support organisations to assist migrant and refugee founders to establish their business both nationally and internationally
  • assisting start-ups with a regional focus to expand and scale their business

We also assist successful applicants to access public data through the DataStart program and will promote start-ups through case studies on the data.gov.au portal. 

Incubator Support Initiative is one of 4 elements that form the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To get a New and Existing Incubators grant, you must be either:

  • operating an existing incubator
  • establishing a new incubator

Your incubator must foster and facilitate the development of innovative start-ups focused on international trade.

You must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
  • a local government agency or body

You must provide:

Your project must:

  • include eligible activities and expenditure
  • have an eligible project value of at least $26,000 for projects in major cities
  • have an eligible project value of at least $20,000 for projects in regional areas

Read the Grant opportunity guidelines for more information on the eligibility criteria.

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Applying


The New and Existing Incubators grant is highly competitive.

We encourage you to read the grant opportunity guidelines, sample EOI, sample application form and sample grant agreement before you apply.

How do you apply?

To apply, you must submit your EOI and application through the online portal.

You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

After you submit your EOI and it is considered eligible you will be sent a notification email on how to apply. A RIF will be assigned to give feedback and assist you in drafting your application.

Apply now for Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators

Complete the online application form if you:

  • read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • meet the eligibility criteria
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Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Customer stories


We are proud of the funding we have provided to Australian incubators to assist start-ups to succeed. Watch our customer story video for Slingshot, to find out how we help this regional business.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme


The Business Evaluation is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. It aims to:

  • improve their growth capabilities and networks
  • engage with researchers
  • foster innovation
  • encourage commercialisation of novel products, processes or services

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Fact sheet Incubator Support Initiative

Sample application form

Sample board or CEO approval letter

Accountants Declaration for grants over $50,000

DataStart program information sheet