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MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp – Brisbane

MIT Bootcamps returns to QUT in Brisbane in 2018 following the highly successful MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp held in March 2017. The Queensland Government, through Advance Queensland, has worked with QUT to secure the bootcamp again this year.

The week includes lectures led by senior MIT lecturers focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. The MIT Bootcamp will bring innovators from across the globe to focus on technology-enabled innovation in Queensland’s key sectors including agriculture, mining and environmental management.

A week-long intensive bootcamp for budding entrepreneurs. The week includes lectures led by senior MIT lecturers focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship.  Innovators from across the globe will focus on technology-enabled innovation in Queensland’s key sectors including agriculture, mining and environmental management.

Applications are open now and close 1:59pm (AEST) 2 November 2017.

Eligibility: Application is by competitive process open to any individual or team, with candidate selection made by MIT Bootcamps

Hosted by: QUT

When: 10-16 February 2018

Duration: One week

Location: Brisbane

Register here

Wild Dog Partnership – Queensland Government, Graziers, and Councils

The sheep and wool industry in western Queensland is bouncing back.

Over the last two years the Queensland Government had committed $31.2 million – in grants and loans – for wild dog exclusion fence construction.

The Queensland Government has committed to build up to 7500 kilometres of fences – the equivalent of four-and-a-half times the length of the Bruce Highway.

Round one of funding announced in late 2015 will support the construction of almost 5000 kilometres of fence, and are estimated more than 213,000 sheep to the region, $5.7 million in extra wages for shearing, crutching and lamb marking, and creating an extra 45 jobs.

Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne has confirmed Round two funding will provide assistance with fencing for a further 135 properties.

In addition, the $18 million loan to Longreach Regional Council will lead to the construction of another 2,500 kilometres of fencing.

The Council estimates this will result in an extra 200,000 sheep to over five years,potential for 130 new jobs to the region, and boost population by 500 people over five years.


$33 million grant to boost the disability and aged care sector workforce now open

Selected organisations specialising in business sector growth and transition have been invited to submit applications for leading a new $33 million Australian Government investment in the disability and aged care sector workforce.

10 organisations renowned for their business expertise were shortlisted as applicants for the Boosting Local Care Workforce Opportunity, designed to create more jobs in regions that require strong jobs growth ahead of the full the NDIS roll out in 2020.

The three year package is designed to increase capacity in rural, regional and outer-metropolitan areas so NDIS participants and older Australians seeking aged care services have access to high quality services and support.”

The disability workforce is expected to more than double as the NDIS is introduced, from about 73,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2013 before the NDIS trials began, to about 162,000 full-time equivalent workers when the scheme is fully implemented in 2019-20. The aged care workforce is also growing, but over a broader time period, from 366,000 in 2016 to 980,000 workers by 2050.

The lead organisation selected through the grant process will be responsible for delivering, managing and reporting to the Australian Government on the three initiatives that make up the package:

  • $9.1 million for the Care Workforce Regional Coordinator Initiative, including engaging up to 25 skilled  Care Workforce Regional Coordinators across Australia supporting NDIS and aged care providers in regional, rural and outer metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and raising awareness of new employment opportunities.
  • $4.1 million for the nationally focused Specialist Coordinators Initiative, taking a national approach to disability sector market issues by establishing up to 10 Specialist Coordinators to address key focus areas
  • $19.8 million for the Sector Transition and Employer Support Initiative assisting eligible NDIS service providers with professional advice expertise and small grants to help them to prepare their businesses to become NDIS ready.

The successful applicant will have the ability to influence and engage with service providers nationally as well as in specified regions, as well as the proven ability to deliver national targeted programs or projects for government.

Applications are due by Tuesday 26 September 2017 and will be followed by a rigorous assessment process. It is expected that the successful applicant will be finalised by December 2017 and the package ready to roll out shortly thereafter.


Accelerate Small Business Grant

The Queensland Government is providing $3 million in grant funding over 3 years to established Queensland-based small businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, specialist consultants or an advisory board, for a 6 to 12 month period. (An advisory board provides non-binding strategic advice to a management team).

The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to enable them to engage high-level experts and strategic advisors to work closely with them in their business.

Available funding

Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, specialist consultants or an advisory board, for between 6 to 12 months. The funding must be matched by a cash contribution from the participating business.

Two grant payments will be made directly to the business, with 50% paid on grant approval and on receipt of a valid tax invoice, and a further 50% paid on successful completion of the project.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this grant, the business must:

  • have a minimum trading history of 3 years at the time of application
  • have a minimum turnover of $500,000 in the previous 12 months
  • have a maximum headcount of 20 employees at the time of application
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland operations
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets
  • be experiencing growth and have clearly defined high-growth and employment opportunities
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

This grant is targeted at established Queensland-based small businesses that are financially sound and have the potential for high-growth within the next 2 years. High-growth is generally considered to be a 20% increase in turnover or employment. The participant applying must have a business plan in place, as well as the capacity to access finance to fund the growth of their business.

Applying businesses must have a clearly defined opportunity and plan for growth, and demonstrate how engaging external advice will allow the business to achieve these goals.

Only 1 application per year will be accepted from an individual ABN or business address. Applicants approved under Round 1 of the Accelerate Small Business Grants Program cannot reapply for funding.

Important dates

Round 2 has now opened.

The participating business must provide a progress report after 3 months and a final report on completion of the project outlining:

  • the advice received
  • how the advice has been implemented
  • the impact on the business
  • the results and outcomes achieved.

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

Who should apply

It is expected that businesses applying for funding will be seeking support to manage and finance their business expansion, including but not limited to:

  • increasing employment
  • improving management processes and systems to increase productivity and efficiency
  • introducing product process or systems innovations
  • entering new markets
  • increasing turnover/sales.


Before applying, please read the Accelerate Small Business Grants Program Application Guidelines.

How to apply

Applications are now open.

Apply now

When applying, please refer to the:

How you will be assessed

All applications will be assessed against eligibility criteria. Further assessment will include:

  • the extent to which the services of the advisor(s) will support the business to reach its high-growth goals
  • potential and likelihood the activity will create jobs growth
  • value for money.

An assessment panel will meet regularly to consider applications.

Applications must demonstrate a clear link between the proposed advice or support and the challenges faced by the business. To be successful, the assessment panel must be certain that the proposed work will assist the business to meet the challenges identified. Non-targeted, or generic proposals from a consultant will not be accepted.

Further information

For further information about the program and application process, refer to the application guidelines or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Money Magnet Masterclass

Are you looking for proven strategies to attract investment from public and private sources to fund the development of an innovative idea/s? Then the Money Magnet Masterclass is for you.

Boost your idea’s power to attract investment. Learn how to communicate the potential value of your innovative ideas to grant assessors, venture capital firms, industry backers, and other potential project partners. Both the Queensland and federal governments are offering unprecedented funding, tax incentives and other investment initiatives so that business can benefit from commercialising ideas and intellectual assets – but many innovators lack the confidence or know-how to successfully stimulate interest from financial supporters. Having a game-changing idea isn’t enough. You need a clear value proposition, sound business case, and a solid understanding of what public and private investors expect from your pitch or proposal.

The Money Magnet Masterclass explains how to:
• convince selection panels/investors of your idea’s value • pitch its market potential and your opportunity • structure an effective project plan • demonstrate capacity to deliver a return on investment • communicate your team’s capability • manage risks and remove ‘red flags’

Innovate Queensland aims to help you:
✓ reduce commercialisation costs ✓ access commercialisation expertise ✓ reduce time lags from idea to income ✓ better target market needs and increase market uptake ✓ choose the right business models ✓ integrate innovation into your existing operations.

More than 1000 people have attended Pathways workshops and given them an overall satisfaction rating of 92%. In surveys, more than 60% of respondents have reported already progressing the market readiness of their ideas. That means they’re on their way to becoming more competitive and successful.

Click here to book.

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