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The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government's flagship initiative for firm level competitiveness and productivity under the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. Using advisers and facilitators drawn from industry, the primary focus is on providing access to the best advice and networks to improve competitiveness and productivity.

PROGRAMME OFFERINGS

The programme delivers services and grants through three elements:

  • Business Management - advice and facilitation services to improve business management, capabilities and networks.  Services and grants include:
    • Business Evaluations - investigation and analysis of eligible businesses carried out by skilled and experienced Business Advisers. At the conclusion of a Business Evaluation, the business will be provided with a Business Evaluation Action Plan including a range of recommendations for business improvement.  Assistance will be provided with the implementation of the Action Plan.
    • Business Growth Services - supports an eligible high growth potential business over an extended engagement of up to two years, to embed strategic business improvements accelerating growth capability
    • Supply Chain Facilitation - offers eligible businesses a practical approach to developing their capabilities and improving their ability to interact with and supply into new and existing markets
    • Business Growth Grants - small, co funded grants of up to $20,000 to engage external expertise to assist businesses with implementing improvements recommended through a Business Evaluation, Supply Chain Facilitation or a Business Growth Service.
  • Innovation Connections - offers eligible small and medium sized businesses an opportunity to improve their competitiveness by building relationships with research organisations in Australia.  Its focus is on helping businesses to collaborate with the research sector to develop new ideas with commercial potential and to identify any knowledge gaps that are preventing business growth.  Businesses have access to specialist Innovation Facilitators who provide a one-on-one service at no charge to the business. Following a business research needs assessment, an Innovation Facilitator will work with a business to diagnose barriers to innovation that may include technical issues, a gap in knowledge or a need for research to develop new products, processes and services.  This may include a matched funding grant that assists direct access to research capability.
  • Accelerating Commercialisation - an advisory service providing guidance and connections to assist Australian entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, start-ups, commercialisation offices and small and medium sized businesses.  Accelerating Commercialisation helps these organisations address the challenges associated with commercialising novel intellectual property in the form of new products, processes and services.  This may include a matched funding grant of up to $1 million to support commercialisation activities.

ELIGIBILITY

Business Management & Innovation Connections
Small and medium businesses with turnover between $1.5 million and $100 million ($750, 000 to $100m for Northern Australian businesses) that have traded in Australia for at least three years, possess an Australian Company Number, are financially solvent, and operate in the following growth sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Includes businesses that adopt innovative technologies or business practices to improve or develop manufactured products, processes or services or which supply integral services, technologies or inputs to the manufacturing processes of such businesses
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Oil, Gas and Energy or
  • Enabling technologies and services of the sectors listed above including, but not limited to
    • freight and logistics
    • infrastructure related construction
    • information and communications technology
    • professional services

In addition to the above, applicants for a business evaluation must be one or more of the following:

  • engaged in, or expanding their operations to be engaged in, interstate or overseas trade and commerce;
  • a foreign corporation formed within Australia;
  • a corporation for which trading or financial activities are a substantial or significant proportion of the corporation's overall activities; or
  • a corporation or body formed under Commonwealth law.

Accelerating Commercialisation
See Customer Information Guide.
Note: applicants for Accelerating Commercialisation do not need to operate within one of the growth sectors of EIP to be eligible to apply.

Further information
Contact Ai Group's team of industry-experienced EIP Advisers or facilitators as visible on the right-hand side of this page or visit www.business.gov.au.