The Entrepreneurs’ Programme (EP) is a Commonwealth Government flagship initiative focused on raising the competitiveness and productivity of eligible companies at an individual level.

The programme forms a part of the Australian Government’s Economic Action Strategy and will deploy over 100 experienced Advisers and Facilitators, offering support to businesses through four key elements:

  1. Business Management
  2. Innovation Connections
  3. Accelerating Commercialisation
  4. Incubator Support

To run a successful business, it’s not enough to have a great product or service. You also need to understand your challenges and continually identify and leverage growth opportunities to improve your business performance. This is where the Entrepreneurs’ Programme can help.

The Business Management element of the programme provides practical support to help businesses improve and grow through strong, sustainable strategic business management and business capability.

EP’s Business Management offers:

On-site support from an industry specialist Adviser or Facilitator who will give you objective insight and recommendations to help you improve and grow your business.

Funding through matched grants of up to $20,000 to implement practical activities focused on supporting your business growth.

Introductions to business networks, access to government services, and specialist assistance for business growth and supply chain projects.

Plus depending on the results of the Business Evaluation, the company may be:

  • given recommendations, and be eligible for funding, to improve your business and maximise opportunities;
  • introduced to relevant scientific researchers through Research Connections;

given advice and/or financial assistance to rapidly commercialise a new product under Accelerating Commercialisation.

Innovation Connections is a facilitation service to encourage and assist small and medium businesses to access knowledge, engage with researchers and foster innovation. Access to the latest technologies and cutting-edge research and knowledge is critical to help Australian businesses innovate and remain competitive. However, finding the unbiased advice, research and knowledge specific to your business can be challenging.

Innovation Connections offers:

Support from experienced Innovation Facilitators to help you assess your technical, research or knowledge requirements. These Innovation Facilitators will provide you with unbiased recommendations to help you develop new ideas with commercial potential.

  • Introductions to researchers, technology or knowledge providers to work with you on collaborative projects.
  • Matched grants of up to $50,000 to engage a research organisation to undertake research projects in collaboration with your business.
  • Introductions to researchers, technology or knowledge providers to work with you on collaborative projects.

Accelerating Commercialisation helps entrepreneurs, businesses and researchers to address the challenges of bringing their novel products, processes and services to market. Without the right advice and support this can be a very difficult, frustrating and challenging process fraught with many dangers. Accelerating Commercialisation gives you access to expert advice, contacts, networks and exposure opportunities to put you on the fast-track to commercial success.

Investors, technology entrepreneurs and strategic partners can forge links with high-calibre, high-potential Australian start-up tech companies through the Accelerating Commercialisation Portfolio and Expert Network.

Accelerating Commercialisation offers:

  • Matched grants of up to $1 million to support entrepreneurs on their commercialisation journey.
  • Support and guidance from independent Commercialisation Advisers who will help you become investor and market ready.
  • Introductions to influential business contacts and networks including investors, domain experts, entrepreneurs and strategic corporations, through the Expert Network. These connections are crucial to help you develop your business, raise smart capital and get into new markets.
  • Opportunities to join an exclusive portfolio of high-potential Australian businesses that are marketed to investors and multinational corporations online, through media exposure and invitations to domestic and international networking events.
  • Opportunities for potential investors, domain experts and strategic corporations to make connections with innovative, young tech companies.

The Incubator Support initiative will provide funding to incubators to deliver support services to Australian start-ups with an international focus.

Funding will be available to support the establishment of new incubators in regions or sectors with high innovation potential, and for existing incubators looking to expand their services.

Funded incubators will deliver a range of activities designed to improve the prospects of commercial success of innovative start-ups, allowing them to realise their economic potential faster than they otherwise would. The initiative will support entrepreneurial activity and contribute to the development of the innovation ecosystem, including in Australia’s regions.

The Incubator Support initiative provides funding through two components to deliver incubator support projects, both of which require matched funding from applicants.

Support for New and Existing Incubators:

  • to help develop new incubators in regions or sectors with high potential for success in international trade, and
  • to boost the effectiveness of high performing incubators, including funding support to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem.
  • Support for Expert-in-Residence:
  • to provide access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through secondments of national or international expert advisers who will improve their chance of commercial success in international markets.

To find out what the Entrepreneurs’ Programme can do for you, call 13 28 46 or visit or
Greg Chalker
Corporate Services Manager
03 9800 3666

Check out some the customer stories that the Advisers/Facilitators have assisted in achieving great outcomes.