What is the Entrepreneurs’ Programme?

The Entrepreneurs Programme is a $400 M government initiative to help small businesses become more competitive and to accelerate their growth.

Background

The Entrepreneurs Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business level competitiveness and productivity.

The programme offers support to businesses through four elements:

  • Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
  • Business Growth Grants — provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators to assist you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth and collaboration opportunities in order to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries.
  • Incubator Support — assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets, through helping them to develop their business capabilities.
  • Innovation Connections — experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.

 

What does the Entrepreneurs Programme provide?

It provides practical support for businesses including:

  • advice from people with relevant private sector experience
  • co-funded grants to commercialise new products, processes and services
  • funding to take advantage of growth opportunities
  • connection and collaboration opportunities.

 

Objectives

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme (formerly the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Program and before that Enterprise Connect) is a business-focused element of the Australian Government’s broader Economic Action Strategy that brings together and builds upon other economic reforms to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities.

 

Are you in the right growth sector?

To be able to apply for the Entrepreneurs Programme you must be operating in one or more of the Growth Sectors which are:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Food and Agribusiness
  3. Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  4. Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  5. Oil, Gas and Energy Resources
  6. Enabling Technologies (for the 5 above)

 

Do you earn enough?

To be able to apply for the Entrepreneurs Programme you must have an annual turnover (or operating expenditure) within the current, or one of the last two financial years:

  • Between $1.5 million and $100 million or
  • Between $750,000 and $100 million for applicants from Remote Australia or Northern Australia.

 

Accelerating Commercialisation

Accelerating Commercialisation provides successful applicants access to expert guidance and grants to find the right commercialisation solutions for novel products, processes and services.

Accelerating Commercialisation offers the following services and grants:

  • Commercialisation Guidance
  • Accelerating Commercialisation Grant
  • Portfolio Services.

 

Business Management

Business Management consists of two elements.

Business advice and facilitation services to small and medium business to help build capacity, improve capability, extend networks and take advantage of growth opportunities in Australian and/or markets in other countries. Independent advisers and facilitators provide business advice and facilitation services to eligible businesses for one of four streams:

  • business evaluation
  • growth services
  • supply chain facilitation
  • tourism partnerships (northern Australia only).

The advisers/facilitators will work with you to develop a plan on how to achieve your business goals in these areas.

Business growth grants assist you to implement recommendations.

 

Business Evaluation

Experienced Business Advisers review business operations, including business direction and strategy. The outcome of the review is an Evaluation Report that has business improvement suggestions.

A skilled and expert Business Adviser will:

  • come to your business premises to gather information about your business
  • undertake further research and analyse the information off-site
  • prepare a tailored Business Evaluation Action Plan outlining strategies your business can take to become more competitive, improve and grow.

When you are ready to apply the strategies, the Business Adviser will coach and mentor you for up to twelve months.

To be able to apply for a business evaluation, you must;

  • Satisfy one of the following:
    • have the skills, ability, expertise or intellectual property to work in or with one or more of the Growth Sectors in the future, or
    • be a tourism business operating in Northern Australia.
  • be solvent
  • have an annual turnover (or operating expenditure) within the current, or one of the last two financial years:
    • Between $1.5 million and $100 million or
    • Between $750,000 and $100 million for applicants from Remote Australia or Northern Australia.
  • have filed Business Activity Statements in Australia showing ongoing trading in at least three successive years
  • not have received a Business Evaluation Report, Business Evaluation Action Plan or a Business Review Report in the last five years.

 

Supply Chain Facilitation

Supply Chain Facilitation offers your business practical ways to: