Regional Startup Hubs Support Program

Up to $25,000 is available to support startup hubs and groups to build their capability to deliver programs and activities to attract, inspire and build the knowledge and skills of local innovators.


Regional Startup Hubs Support Program

The Regional Startup Hubs Support Program aims to support regionally based startup hubs and groups in Queensland to build their capability to deliver programs and activities to attract, inspire and build the knowledge and skills of local innovators.

The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative aims to transition our economy, industries and regions to seize opportunities in growing markets, solve global challenges, compete for investment dollars, and create the jobs of the future.



The Advance Queensland Regional Startup Hubs Support Program will provide recognised startup support organisations with funding of up to $25,000 (excluding GST) per annum over three years. Eligible organisations can utilise the funds to engage staff, deliver education, networking events and activities that create and support local startups.

The Regional Startup Hubs Support Program comprises of two tiers of funding:

  • Tier One: Applicants can apply for up to $25,000 (excluding GST) per annum for up to three years if they are a recognised startup support organisation that has a physical location as of the application submission date.
  • Tier Two: Applicants can apply for up to $7,500 (excluding GST) for one year if they are a recognised startup support organisation that has no physical location.


Eligible Projects

Eligible activities such as:

  • administration support (including full-time, casual or contractor arrangements)
  • networking activities
  • startup weekends
  • Startup events
  • delivery of education/skills programs
  • presentations
  • mentoring sessions
  • workshops/forums.

Eligible costs include salaries (part), travel and accommodation for presenters, hub managers travelling to small towns, catering, activity promotion and fees for external speakers.


Eligible Applicants

Funding is open to for profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Applicant organisation must be based in a Queensland region, have an ABN and be registered for GST.

Applicants must be a recognised startup support organisation by Advance Queensland that delivers existing programs and events to their local startup community.

Universities, professional services firms, financial institutions, government agencies and government owned corporations are not eligible to apply for this fund but may be a project partner.



Applications close 31 January 2019.


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