If you are a new applicant or existing grantee and have been impacted by the bushfires please contact your Customer Service Manager or one of the agents at our Contact Centre to discuss your circumstances and how we can assist you.

You can find more information and support on our Help for Australian bushfire affected businesses page.


Changes regarding the Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Incubator Support Initiative

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Incubator Support Initiative (ISI) will be expanded to provide funding to incubators supporting first generation migrants and refugees that are interested in establishing a start-up enterprise with the potential to commercialise in overseas markets.

Applications for funding under existing ISI Guidelines will close on Friday 31 January 2020, 5pm AEDT. This will allow time for customers that have been working on an application to submit a final version for assessment.

New Program Guidelines will be made available in February 2020. Further information will be updated on this page in due course.

Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators

Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators provides incubators with funding to help start-ups develop the capabilities to succeed in international markets.
Application detail:

You can submit an application for Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators at any time.

What do you get?

From $26,000 to $500,000 of funding for up to 2 years. Funding covers eligible project value of up to 65% in regional areas or up to 50% in major cities.

Who is this for?

Australian incubators, including accelerators and germinators, looking to support the commercial success of start-ups in international markets.


Incubator Support – New and Existing Incubators gives incubators the help they need to assist start-ups, specifically: 

  • new incubators (in a regional area and/or in a sector with high potential) to develop so they can succeed in international trade
  • existing incubators to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem
  • new and existing incubators that want to work with data-driven start-ups that use public data as part of their business

Skilled facilitators can assist potential applicants, particularly in regional areas, to access funding.

We also assist successful applicants to access public data through the DataStart program and will promote start-ups through case studies on the data.gov.au portal.

Incubator Support – Expert in Residence is part of the $23 million Incubator Support initiative. The initiative is one of 4 elements that form the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Funding is also available under the other Incubator Support component: Expert in Residence.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To get a New and Existing Incubators grant, you must be either:

  • operating an existing incubator
  • establishing a new incubator

Your incubator must foster and facilitate the development of innovative start-ups focused on international trade.

You must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO
  • a local government agency or body

You must provide:

Your project must:

  •  include eligible activities and expenditure
  • have an eligible project value of at least $52,000 for projects in major cities
  • have an eligible project value of at least $40,000 for projects in regional areas
Read the Program Guidelines for more information on the eligibility criteria.
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The New and Existing Incubators grant is highly competitive. We encourage you to:

You can submit 1 draft application before you submit your final application. We’ll provide feedback on your draft application. A regional incubator facilitator may provide this feedback. You should address this feedback before submitting your final application.

You can apply and receive funding for up to 2 grants at the same time. You can apply for more than 2 grants after you have finished 1 of the funded projects and have provided a satisfactory final report.

How do you apply?

Read the Program Guidelines and then complete the online application form.

When you submit your application you can choose to submit as a draft or final version.

You’ll get a receipt number when you submit your online form.

Apply for Incubator Support – New and Existing now

Complete the online application form if you:

  • read the Program Guidelines
  • meet the eligibility criteria
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Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Customer stories

We are proud of the funding we have provided to Australian incubators to assist start-ups to succeed. Watch our customer story video to find out how we help businesses in regional Australia.

Key documents

Factsheet Incubator Support Initiative

Sample application form

Sample board or CEO approval letter

Accountants Declaration for grants over $50,000

DataStart program information sheet