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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 – Expert in Residence

Incubator Support – Expert in Residence provides incubators with funding to gain expertise and help start-ups to succeed in international markets.
Application detail:
You can submit an application for Incubator Support – Expert in Residence at any time. 
What do you get?

$5000 to $100,000 of matched project funding for up to 1 year.

Who is this for?

Australian incubators, including accelerators and germinators.


Incubator Support – Expert in Residence helps incubators access research, managerial and technical experts (either national or international) through incoming and outgoing secondments.

The experts you nominate must have the skills and expertise to:

  • work directly with your program’s start-ups to improve their chance of international commercial success
  • increase the capabilities of your incubator

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: New and Existing Incubators.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To get an Expert in Residence 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

Your project must:

  • include eligible activities and expenditure
  • have an eligible project value of at least $10,000

Read the Program Guidelines for more information on the eligibility criteria.

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


Apply for Incubator Support – Expert in Residence now

Complete the online application form if you:

  • read the Program Guidelines
  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • can provide your expert’s resume or letter of commitment
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Need help?

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

Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents

Factsheet Incubator Support Initiative

Sample application form

Accountants Declaration for grants over $50,000

DataStart program information sheet