Business, Women

Boosting Female Founders Initiative

Funder: Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Boosting Female Founders Initiative will provide targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses to scale into domestic and global markets. The program will also provide expert mentoring and advice to meritorious applicants.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • stimulate private sector investments into innovative startups led by women
  • help women entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups
  • enable female founders to scale-up, expand into domestic and global markets, and become self-sufficient
  • boost the economy through increasing the diversity of startup founders.

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Education, Women

Women in STEM & Entrepreneurship

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change by eliminating barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, and entrepreneurship.

The program objectives are to:

  • increase awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers
  • increase awareness and participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers
  • stimulate an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

To deliver on the aims of the WISE program, this round will only support projects in these specific focus areas:

  • Information technology
  • Engineering
  • Intersectionality
  • Entrepreneurship

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Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants

Funder:  Amazon

Grant Background: Amazon Australia presents Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants, an initiative to recognise innovation by Australian start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMBs. Five grant packages will be awarded.

 The Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants include:

  • An exclusive Amazon SMB experience– Exclusive access to Amazon leadership from Australia and HQ in Seattle, access to Amazon’s start-up and entrepreneur experts, time with successful e-commerce savvy Australian SMBs, insights from angel investors in the Venture Capital community, and exclusive networking opportunities
  • Amazon Advertising display credits– to promote the winning product on Amazon.com.au
  • Credits through the AWS Activate program- which also provides access to technical support and training to help founders grow their business
  • Seller Spotlight feature placement– on the Amazon Launchpad Homepage

All you need to do is answer the question, “Share what makes your product innovative and/or how you’re being innovative at this time?”

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Landing Pads Program

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: Landing Pads are an initiative of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The program will establish Landing Pads within global innovation hubs, including San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore.

Australian market-ready startups will have the opportunity to be immersed in an environment that will help them accelerate the design and development of their product or service business model by exploring in-market business development, investment, mentorship and strategic partnership opportunities.

The program will provide successful applicants with a workspace for up to 90 days within an established startup accelerator, giving you the opportunity to work alongside some of the best startup enterprises from around the world and access to an ecosystem of talent, advice and solutions.

You will have access to all the services offered by the accelerator including coaching, introductions to mentors, investors and customers, training opportunities, tailored networking events and state-of-the-art workspace facilities.

An Austrade Landing Pad coordinator based in the market will also provide you with:

  • guidance on identifying and targeting customers
  • advice on how to access angel investors, venture capital and other potential sources of investment
  • introductions to local government agencies offering support programs for new businesses and startups
  • advice on how to leverage networks in the market to meet with peers, decision makers and influencers
  • referrals to professional services and advisory firms
  • advice on how to negotiate the local business culture.

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Business, Community

Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant

Funder:  National Disability Insurance Agency

Grant Background: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is funded under the Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CICD) Program. The objective of the CICD Program is to build innovative ways to increase the independence, social, community and economic participation of people with disability.

The objective of this ILC Grant round is to improve the economic participation of people with disability across Australia.

Applications must:

  • Build the capacity of people with disability to be active in the economy, particularly through employment, and/or
  • Support employers to enhance their knowledge and capabilities to employ people with disability.

Eligible Grant activities could include: