Check out the video explanation of the Entrepreneurs' Programme.
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Narrator: Small and medium businesses are the backbone of a strong Australian economy. But the challenge for many small and medium businesses is being globally competitive.
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There’s the need to adapt to market uncertainty, whilst also managing risk into the future. That’s where the Entrepreneurs’ Programme comes in.
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This programme is an Australian Government initiative to help drive growth and competition for eligible individuals and businesses.
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It’s a programme that provides practical advice, matched grants, and access to national networks of business, research and market experts.
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- Accelerating Commercialisation
- Innovation Connections
- Business Management]
There are three elements to the programme and within each of these elements are services that are tailored to you and your circumstances.
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Accelerating Commercialisation is about helping entrepreneurs, researchers and small and medium businesses bring novel products, processes and services to market.
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Innovation Connections is about helping you access the latest technology, knowledge and research to innovate and remain competitive.
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And the aim of the Business Management element is to help you realise your full potential – making the most of opportunities, and addressing challenges for business growth and supply chain facilitation.
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In a nutshell, the programme can connect eligible individuals and business owners with Advisers and Facilitators who are experts in their field - experts in business, research and commercialisation.
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Sally has a GST-registered business that develops software products. She has finished her research on a novel product for the healthcare market and is now looking to take the product to market and secure her first customer.
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Through the programme, Sally is able to get useful advice from professional Commercialisation Advisers.
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She may also be able to apply for a matched grant to help support her commercialisation activities;
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and be linked to a network of successful entrepreneurs, domain experts, professional investors and strategic corporations who can help her make important business connections and create opportunities to raise capital and enter new markets.
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Michael’s business has been strong for some time, but with recent changes in the market, he needs help to innovate and remain competitive.
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Through the programme, Michael met with an experienced Innovation Facilitator, who assessed his business’ technical, research and knowledge needs.
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He then applied for a grant to support a project to work in partnership with a research organisation.
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And he has made some solid connections with a technology expert, with whom he plans to collaborate, all of which helps improve his business’ competitiveness and productivity as it moves into the next phase.
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Sam’s business had been manufacturing widgets for some time, but he realised it was time to take his business to the next level.
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Through the programme, Sam had a Business Adviser come out to his business and look at the way he ran things.
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Through the programme, Sam is now aware of the practical steps he can take to help improve his business and maximise his opportunities.
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Matched grant funding has helped Sam implement the recommended improvements in his business and his business is now on track for growth.
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The support and services offered under this programme are free of charge for eligible individuals and businesses.
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To start with, your only investment is your time.
To find out more, go to business.gov.au or call 13 28 46.
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[Graphic appears on screen: Australian Government National Innovation & Science Agenda; Welcome to the Ideas Boom; Innovation and Science are critical for Australia to deliver new sources of growth, local jobs and global success. Visit innovation.gov.au to find out more.]