Govt. Grant Fact Sheet | Entrepreneurs' Programme Overview

Last updated: 25/08/2016

Programme status: Open for applications

The programme gives Australian business quality advice and support to innovate and grow. It gives you the best advice and networks to help you solve problems, grow and succeed.

What does it offer?

Practical support for businesses, including:

• Advice from people with relevant private sector experience.
• Support to bring research and innovation into your business.
• Connection and collaboration opportunities with other businesses.
• Assistance and co-funded grants to commercialise novel products, processes and services.
The Programme offers flexible and tailored support through three elements:

Accelerating Commercialisation

Provides advice to help entrepreneurs, researchers and businesses to overcome the challenges of commercialising new products, processes and services.

There are also co-funded grants to support commercialisation activities.

Business Management

Provides help to improve your business management, capabilities and networks.

Services and grants include:

• A Business Evaluation from an experienced Adviser. The service provides you with expert help to create a plan of action to improve and grow.
• Growth Services provides you with intensive specialist support, advice and connections to help overcome barriers to growth.
• Supply Chain Facilitation can help your business to participate in domestic and global supply chains. The service also helps you to better connect with your customers.
• Tourism Partnerships brings together eligible tourism businesses that offer complementary products or services. The service will help businesses to reach their potential and realise benefits that they might not have access to as an individual entity.
• There are also co-funded Business Growth Grants for up to $20,000. These grants help you get external expertise to implement the improvements recommended in your Business Evaluation, Supply Chain Facilitation or Growth Services report.

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$20K Govt. Grant Funding | Do You Qualify?

The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level. It forms part of the Australian Government’s new industry policy outlined in the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.   Continue reading

Date published: 20 July 2015 13 Australian businesses from a range of sectors have been offered funding under the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Successful applicants

The latest successful recipients will share in $5.1 million in funding, with each business receiving a grant between $81,000 and $800,000 to help them push their innovative ideas into a global market.

The projects supported in the latest offers include: commercialisation of a solution to improve internet security and make authentication easier development of a biometric IT and security system to improve security, regulatory compliance and streamline business processes for child care centres commercialisation of a wearable thermometer that can be monitored in real time via smartphone commercialisation of a new breed of cloned hybrid ornamental eucalypts.
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Metal Core Distribution is an exporter of Non-motorised scooters and components under the brand name “Envy”.

Barry Cuneo told Austrade, “November 2012 sees us introducing a new high end brand, FASEN Scooters, distributing through a separate and motivated distributor in the USA and the existing Distributor in Europe, who has ‘sub distributors”, representing about 15 countries, including Finland, Estonia, Russia and Czech Republic, as well as UK and mainland Europe.” He added that, “The great burgeoning markets are Canada, South America and Asia, with South Africa yet to be touched.”

The company’s initial 5 year plan identified Australia only in year one, New Zealand in year two, the UK in year three, Europe in year four and the US in year five. However, in the first year, they were already distributing in five countries in Europe and the UK, and they had started distribution in the US. Branding was split into two in June 2011, with BLUNT Scooters in Europe and the UK, and ENVY Scooters in the US, Australia and Asia.
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Export Market Development Grant - What You Can Claim

Nine categories of promotional activities can be claimed: You may claim for expenditure on specific export promotional activities undertaken during the financial year before the application period. For your first grant you may claim expenses incurred over the last two financial years.

  1. Overseas representatives

You can claim:

  • all reasonable costs that you pay to have an overseas representative act on your behalf on a long-term basis to market/promote your product
  • the portion of the fee or expense paid to your overseas representative that relates to promotion of your Australian products. You cannot claim the costs of non-promotional activities your representative carries out for you such as supplying after-sales service, post-contractual training, sourcing of products, arranging clearance, warehousing or collection of goods, importing or promoting products from other countries
  • a maximum of $200,000 per application is claimable under this category. However you should include all eligible expenses that you wish to claim in your application to ensure your grant is maximised

Note: Austrade conducts detailed checks on overseas representative claims and may contact your representative by phone or in person as part of these checks. If you are claiming expenses for overseas representatives, you may be asked to provide additional supporting documentation with your application form.

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