What is Business Development Fund?

The Business Development Fund is a program that helps Queensland businesses commercialise cutting edge research, or innovative ideas, products and services.

 

Background

The Business Development Fund focuses on the growth of innovative Queensland businesses, particularly in the emerging industries of tomorrow. It will create high value, knowledge-based and skilled jobs now and into the future.

Through providing early stage co-investment funding, the Business Development Fund promotes angel and venture capital investment in Queensland-based businesses. This helps to facilitate the development of a sustainable private market for venture capital finance in Queensland.

The Queensland Government has appointed an independent Investment Panel consisting of experienced private investors who have a strong background in entrepreneurship, and early stage investment, particularly in innovative start-ups or growing technology businesses. The Panel reviews the applications and those that best meet the investment criteria are invited to pitch. Panel members make the final investment decision based on a majority vote.

There are no Government representatives on the Investment Panel and members make an independent investment decision.

 

Funding

As part of the 2018-19 budget, the Queensland Government committed an additional $40 million, bringing its total investment for the BDF to $80 million.

Investment decisions are made by an independent panel of experienced investors, and co-invests between $125,000 to $2.5 million through the fund – which must be at least matched by a private sector co-investor.

The BDF is part of Advance Queensland which is a comprehensive suite of programs designed to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future, drive productivity improvements and build on Queensland’s natural advantages.

 

Eligibility

An application must meet the following criteria to be eligible for Fund investment:

  • The business must have the majority of its assets and employees located in Queensland.
  • The co-investor’s investment in a business must at least match the investment sought from the Fund.
  • The business must not have property development, land ownership, finance, or construction as its predominant activity.
  • The business must not be an investment fund.

Co-investor Criteria

A co-investor can be:

  • an individual investor
  • an angel investor
  • an investment business including a venture capital fund, or
  • a syndicate of investors.

A co-investor must demonstrate a number of attributes, these are:

  • Demonstrated commitment to, and track record in, making investments in seed and early stage businesses.
  • Experience in providing support, management and mentorship to seed an early stage businesses.
  • A strong and established reputation
  • Ability to manage Fund reporting.

As the Fund aims to expand venture capital activity in Queensland, it seeks to encourage new co-investors to enter the market. Therefore, if a co-investor does not possess all of the attributes, it would need to demonstrate capacity to fulfil the role of a co-investor in investing, mentoring and supporting the growth of the business.

Business Criteria

The business requiring investment must:

  • Be commercialising research, an innovative idea or an innovative product or service.
  • Require seed, early stage or follow-on investment.
  • Create opportunities for new, high-value and skilled employment.
  • Have a realistic prospect of becoming commercially successful.
  • Be or become a proprietary or public company prior to any investment.
  • Be an Australian registered company, or an Australian registered subsidiary of a foreign registered company, prior to any investment.

 

Timing

Applications open on an ongoing basis.

 

How to get the Business Development Fund?

You will need to focus on:

  • Market opportunity – How well you understand your market
  • Commercialisation strategy – Provide a brief outline of your commercialisation strategy
  • Competitor analysis – Who are you competitors and what is different about them
  • Company valuation – Provide a methodology justification for your company valuation
  • Use of funds – Provide a brief outline of how you intend to use the investment funds
  • Employment opportunity – Provide a brief outline of how you can provide employment opportunities in Queensland
  • Co-investor position – Provide a brief outline of the co-investor’s track record and the role they will play in the your company
  • Government priorities – Outline how Fund investment in the business will promote the Government’s priorities

 

Recipients

JESI Management Solutions
JESI is a global management software company which has developed an affordable and scalable journey management software designed to assist companies track and monitor the safety of their staff whilst they travel.

Tritium
Brisbane-based Tritium’s business model includes the development of fast-charging electric vehicle technology that will enable low-emission, vehicle charging. Tritium received both an investment and follow-on investment through the BDF.

MiCare Global Pty Ltd
MiCare Global operates cloud and mobile-enabled communications portals and compliance platforms which aggregates multiple apps, programs, functions and solutions into the one system.

EFTLab
EFTLab focuses on the electronic payment market with innovative software architecture that is customisable and scalable, enabling them to meet the future growth and changing needs of their customers.

Five Good Friends
Five Good Friends provides software platform connecting technology, people and the community by reinventing ‘traditional home care’ for the aged.

Water and Carbon Group
The Water and Carbon Group designs, builds and operates wastewater treatment systems using innovative systems with low energy and sustainable engineered solutions. The Water and Carbon Group received both an investment and a follow-on investment from the BDF.

GO1 Pty Ltd
GO1 operates a learning management system which helps organisations deliver compliance to their staff and volunteers. Go1 successfully exited the Fund in 2017.

PlantMiner
PlantMiner Group operates an online marketplace that provides construction companies with a cloud-based supplier engagement and procurement platform for plant and equipment and other key resources.

Intrepica Pty Ltd
Gold Coast-based Intrepica, through its LiteracyPlanet business, runs a cutting edge, cloud-based English literacy education featuring curriculum-aligned games and exercises kindergarten and school aged students.

Lawcadia Pty Ltd
Lawcadia operates a legal procurement business which aims to help companies and governments in global markets rethink the way they procure and manage legal services and use data on their legal matters through its web-based application. Lawcadia received both an initial and follow-on investment through the BDF.

PERKii Pty Ltd
PERKii has developed a world-first, low-calorie water and juice-based probiotic drink believed to have immunity and gut health benefits.

Find-Me Technologies
Find-Me Technologies has developed the Carer’s Watch featuring GPS tracking and back to base connectivity for personal security particularly targeted to loved ones and carers of older people and people with dementia.

Sustainable Organic Solutions
Sustainable Organic Solutions have created ‘bridging’ fertilisers that allow farmers to transition to organic farming without impacting crop yield. Trials of the fertiliser show that nitrogen runoff has been reduced by up to 80 per cent.

Croomo
Croomo Pty Ltd (Valti Pty Ltd) is an enterprise cloud-based platform that is redefining how modern blended learning is delivered and managed in organisations of all sizes.

Spare Workspace
Spare Workspace, (Spare IP Holdings) an online marketplace that allows people to book, hire or share short-term commercial workspaces.

Travelshoot
Travelshoot (Pearce Holdings Co Pty Ltd) connects global travellers with local and professional photographers that turn holiday memories into something extraordinary.

iSeekplant
iSeekplant Pty Ltd is an online marketplace connecting companies with hire equipment to companies who need equipment for mining, construction and commercial projects.

Dog and Bone
D&B Backbone, a technology brand that pioneers new ideas via disruptive innovation in the consumer electronics market across areas such as protective phone cases, smart locks and headphones.

Serene Medical
Serene Medical Pty Ltd has developed new technology to locate and treat motor nerves for facial applications.

Lode
Lode Solutions Pty Ltd is an online employment marketplace that connects employers with talented university students ready to embark on their careers.

Mindhive
MindHive Pty Ltd is an Idea Management Software that leverages the power of crowdsourcing for problem solving and idea generation with a particular focus on servicing the opportunities presented in the growth of civic technology.

REDEYE
RedEye Apps Pty Ltd provides cloud and mobile solutions for asset and work management.

RISKWISE PROPERTY RESEARCH
RiskWise Property Review is an independent property research and risk-rating FinTech company allowing people and organisations to individually assess investment property benefits and risks.

CRUISETRAKA
CruiseTraka (Fortress Capstone Pty Ltd) is a smart phone based solution used by passengers to share their cruise experience with family and friends back home in almost real time via social media and email.

Healthcare Logic
A software company dedicated to improving patient care by centralising patient-information in one place and making it available to health care professionals to improve patient-centred care and outcomes.

Obzervr Pty Ltd
An innovative, adaptive and intuitive data collection platform that helps organisations achieve a seamlessly connected field-to-headquarters process; improving efficiency and productivity, operational performance and data accessibility.

Nexgen Plants
An emerging plant trait company delivering non-genetically modified solutions for agriculture-dependent communities. The investment will help to commercialise two related platform technologies – a new intragenic trait development platform and a plant virus resistance platform.

 

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