Start-ups get a head start with $2 million in funding

The Australian government is providing $2 million to help foster Australian start-ups in key sectors such as agricultural technology, hardware development and advanced manufacturing.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated the six successful applicants, which will receive the funding under the $23 million Incubator Support initiative.

“Incubators like these, and the start-ups they support, play a critical role across the economy in creating high-value jobs and increasing productivity by bringing new products and services to market.

“More high-performing incubators will mean more start-ups can realise their economic potential earlier and help Australia grow,” said Andrews.

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The latest funding offers will assist:

One project from South Australia – The University of Adelaide’s ThincLab international incubator program: A pathway for global success will assist start-ups with global expansion into Asia and Europe.

One project from Queensland – Vektor Innovations’ Arc hardware incubator – hardware innovation for global start-ups will run five programs over two years supporting hardware start-ups to bring their products to market.

One project from Western Australia – AgriStart’s CONNECT: Regional Innovation Hubs will enhance agricultural technology in three high-growth regional areas of Western Australia through training and the fostering of connections to start-up capital investment markets.

Three projects from New South Wales:

  • The University of New England’s SRI AgTech gateway: global focus for Australian AgTech start-ups will bring together AgTech start-ups and agricultural producers. With the support of experts they will conduct farm trials through to adoption and will work towards the creation of new AgTech solutions for the global marketplace.
  • Hunter Business Centre’s Start House: developing diversity in innovation will provide mentoring and business education to entrepreneurs across northern NSW. The project aims to enhance business success and decrease the likelihood of failure for up to 50 high-growth potential businesses.
  • Clinic Media’s The business incubator for start-ups in organic innovation will identify and incubate start-ups to promote growth in organic food production, processing, distribution and consumer demand.