Boosting Business Innovation Program

A $12M boosting program to develop an innovation network in NSW by supporting collaboration between research organisations and their business communities.

Boosting Business Innovation Program

Boosting Business Innovation Program

The Boosting Business Innovation Program aims to accelerate innovation in New South Wales (NSW) by supporting greater collaboration between research organisations and their business communities.

The two-year Program, will help unlock access to technology, equipment, research and expertise to build an innovation ecosystem and stimulate economic growth right across NSW.



The Boosting Business Innovation Program will:

  • further a networked innovation ecosystem across NSW
  • leverage additional external funding
  • support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) who want to scale up and innovate
  • grow the regional start-up sector and create innovation clusters across the state
  • provide access to high tech equipment and technical expertise research by SMEs and start-ups through TechVouchers


Delivery Partners

Each of our delivery partners have tailored programs to suit their local business communities, but are open to businesses outside their area who might need their specialised advice or access to their technology. Learn more about our delivery partners’ offerings:

  • Australian Catholic University will collaborate with emerging small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to share resources, knowledge, research and expertise. Under this Program, ACU Collaborate Plus will establish multidisciplinary collaborative spaces located in Strathfield and North Sydney, to facilitate sustainable partnerships with organisations.
  • Charles Sturt University is supporting the development of regional small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurship and delivering a networked innovation ecosystem in the Central West and Southern regions of NSW.
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is focused on helping companies develop, prototype and test hardware and devices. CSIRO will help to grow and sustain collaboration networks with technology focused small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups.  SMEs will have access to some of the brightest minds and best facilities in Australia, while CSIRO will help play a pivotal role in supporting the creation of cutting edge technologies and companies in NSW. CSIRO will provide access to targeted facilities and services for the hardware and device startup community.
  • Macquarie University is supporting innovation and business by bringing together small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, startups who want to scale up, government agencies and corporates from all areas of industry.
  • Southern Cross University is harnessing the benefits of collaboration for innovation in the Northern Rivers region to establish and promote a regional innovation cluster contributing through this to the larger NSW innovation system.
  • University of New England will enable small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to connect regionally, nationally and internationally using sophisticated communications technology supported by commercial expertise. The University will provide a data and analytical platform for SMEs and entrepreneurs to access the latest research data generated by the UNE SMART Farm and the Centre for Agribusiness. This data will be made available for experimentation to accelerate and commercialise opportunities and new business models.
  • University of New South Wales is assisting regional and metropolitan small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovate by providing opportunities to integrate closely to its world-class facilities and expertise to develop technological solutions for industry challenges.
  • University of Newcastle is continuing its long-term strategic commitment to the growth and development of the Hunter region. The University will drive and expand its ability to foster regional small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups and create innovation clusters across NSW.
  • University of Sydney is a world leader in research and innovation and has a strategic goal to facilitate growth of the ideas economy and bridge the collaboration gap. The University believes that academic research and industry collaboration are integral to successful innovation economies into the future.
  • University of Technology Sydney will support small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs in the development and creation of new opportunities using algal biotechnology.
  • University of Wollongong will extend the Illawarra innovation ecosystem to small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), focusing on the regionally significant sectors of advanced manufacturing, knowledge intensive industries in ICT, shared and financial services, engineering technologies and defence.
  • Western Sydney University is establishing an advanced manufacturing community of practice assisting early stage and established businesses to scale-up, collaborate and innovate through exposure to leading edge technologies in Western Sydney.


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