Up to $25,000 is available from Startup Events and Activities Fund to help build capability within Queensland’s startup community.
Queensland Startup Events and Activities Fund
The Queensland Startup Events and Activities Fund, formerly Startup Queensland Fund, will provide funding to eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and technology startup skills.
Queensland has more than 200 startups, which employ in excess of 1900 people. The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland program will help us solve global challenges, seize opportunities in growing markets, compete for investment dollars, and create the jobs of the future.
The funding will assist in building capability within the Queensland startup community, including regional areas, by:
- delivering practical information and advice
- increased collaboration and networking opportunities
- connectivity and transformational entrepreneurship.
Activities must demonstrate alignment and linkage to the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland program.
A funding pool totalling up to $300,000 (excluding GST) is available until 30 June 2017 or until the funding pool is exhausted, whichever occurs first.
Queensland Startup Events and Activities funding will contribute up to 50% of the total eligible activity costs up to a maximum of $25,000 (excluding GST) per activity.
Total eligible activity costs may include in-kind contributions.
Activities will be considered for approval by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Information based on the following criteria:
1. Clear outcomes for Queenslanders
- Capacity building within the Queensland startup ecosystem, including employment opportunities for Queenslanders now, as well as jobs for the future.
- Strengthen Queensland’s startup capability to foster growth and productivity of the Queensland Startup community and the economy more broadly.
- Quality collaborations delivering outcomes
- Projects which have outcomes for Queensland regional areas will be given additional consideration.
2. Activities that align with:
- The Advance Queensland program.
Examples include the following activities:
- networking activities
- mentoring sessions
- startup weekends
Eligible costs include venue hire, travel and accommodation for presenters, catering, activity promotion and fees for external speakers and consultants.
- Funding is open to profit and not-for-profit organisations.
- Applicants must be a Queensland based organisation with an ABN and be registered for GST.
- Organisations already receiving Queensland Government funding are eligible to apply for this funding. The 50% matched funding contribution from these organisations cannot be sourced from existing Queensland Government funding.
- Funding cannot be provided for any activity that has received funding through another Advance Queensland program.
Applications close 30 June 2018 or when the funding pool is exhausted, whichever comes first.
Round 1 Recipients
Funding amount (GST excl.)
|Cairns Innovation Hub (theSPACE)||Startup & Innovation Weekend series 2016||Cairns||$15,000|
|Canvas Coworking Inc.||To provide access to events and workshops for the local community to attend, which will assist them in developing their skills.||Toowoomba||$20,000|
|Christine McDougall trading as Syzergy||Deliver the Big Blue Sky Festival of Innovation and Creativity||Gold Coast||$25,000|
|Commex Holdings Pty Ltd||Deliver a series of events to improve the capability of social entrepreneurs in South East Queensland.||Brisbane||$3,750|
|Creative Enterprise Australia||Creative3 Pitch 2016- Connecting creative tech startups with EU investors.||Brisbane||$25,000|
|EPI Capital Pty Ltd trading as www.tanda.co||Tanda Hackathon 2016.||Brisbane||$3,000|
|Gold Coast TechSpace||Series of meetups and training for the Hackerspace/Makerspace/IoT movement.||Gold Coast||$15,625|
|RDA Brisbane||Deliver ‘Entrepreneur Section’ at the CLICK! Digital Expo 2015||Brisbane||$25,000|
|RDA Logan & Redlands||Series of Business Case Bootcamps.||Logan/Redlands region||$12,000|
|River City Labs—Telstra Muru-D||River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D||Brisbane||$25,000|
|Startup Toowoomba Pty Ltd||Series of events and activities to build the Toowoomba/Darling Downs startup ecosystem.||Toowoomba||$22,350|
|The Trustee for Kinbombi Family Trust trading as Queensland Incubator||Three half day workshops for startup managers, followed by networking.||Brisbane||$6,335|
|The World Incubator||“The World Incubator”—Establish an Incubator in Charters Towers to deliver 12 week business development programs for locals in Charters Towers.||Charters Towers||$24,000|
|Townsville City Council||Townsville Creative Industries – Entrepreneur Mentoring Program.||Townsville||$24,4000|
|UMI Arts Limited||“You Me in Cultural Business”—Developing entrepreneurial skills for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within Custural Businesses.||Cairns||$25,000|
|Uniquest (iLab)||Startup Weekend for Health.||Brisbane||$3,000|
|University of Southern Queensland (Big Data for Small Business)||Online education modules and workshops to assist startups and small businesses utilise Big Data for growth.||Springfield||$12,750|
|University of Southern Queensland (Building Women’s Startup Resilience)||Series of capacity building sessions online and on campus for migrant and refugee women startups.||Springfield||$16,050|
|Wavebreak International Limited||Pilot programme for accredited entrepreneur training in several Gold Coast high schools.||Gold Coast||$13,450|
- Fund Guidelines