Young Starters Fund

Up to $20,000 is available from Young Starters Fund to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and startup skills in young Queenslanders.

Young Starters Fund

Young Starters Fund

The Advance Queensland Young Starters’ Fund is designed to:

  • promote entrepreneurship as an alternative employment pathway
  • to grow numbers of young entrepreneurial talent in Queensland
  • provide opportunities for Queensland’s young entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to the world through the Young Starters’ competition
  • help turn the ideas of young entrepreneurs into a business with high-growth potential.

Funding will be available to organisations to help the Queensland startup community conduct capacity building activities aimed at Queenslanders aged 15-24.



The Advance Queensland Young Starters program is designed to build, attract and retain young entrepreneurial talent, build the startup ecosystem to position Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture

The Young Starters program consists of two elements:

  • the Young Starters Fund
  • an annual state-wide pitching competition



The Young Starters Fund aims to build and attract young entrepreneurial talent in Queensland, and retain early stage entrepreneurs and highperforming university graduates. The program will provide a pathway for young founders, researchers and social innovators to gain entrepreneurial and commercialisation experience and skills through experience-based learning in incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, research organisations, and other service providers.

This Fund aims to assist universities, TAFEs, incubators accelerators, co-working spaces, and high schools to deliver:

  • practical information and advice
  • increased collaboration and networking opportunities
  • connectivity and transformation entrepreneurship to young Queenslanders.



The Advance Queensland Young Starters Fund will provide funding up to $20,000 (excluding GST) to eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and technology startup skills.


Eligible Activities

To be eligible for the Young Starters Fund, your activity must:

  • be conducted on a not-for-profit basis and demonstrate broad benefit for the Queensland startup community
  • align with the Advance Queensland principles
  • cover one or more of the following:
    • improve capability and capacity
    • access to capital
    • collaboration, building networks and connectivity
    • access to markets
    • leadership
    • skills development
    • culture and promoting success.

Collaboration with other organisations will be favourably considered.

Eligible activities include youth (aged 15-24) focused events such as:

  • startup weekends
  • startup bootcamps
  • startup meet-up groups or networking activities
  • startup webinars
  • startup workshops
  • startup forums.

Eligible costs include venue hire, travel and accommodation for presenters, catering, promotion, and fees for external speakers and consultants.


Eligible Applicants

  • funding is open to profit and not-for-profit organisations
  • applicants must have an ABN and be registered for GST
  • if not based in Queensland, applicant organisations must partner with a Queensland based organisation
  • applicants must be 18 years or over
  • all staff and volunteers working with children under 18 must hold a current Blue Card
  • Organisations already receiving other Queensland Government funding are eligible to apply for this funding. The 30 per cent 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 15 September 2017.


Young Starters Fund Round 2 Recipients


Young Starters Fund Round 1 Recipients


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