Business Connector

ASEAN Busienss Opportunities


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As part of Convergence 005 in Singapore we are hosting a lunch time seminar and business connector on Tuesday 19 September, 12pm - 2pm. Working with Austrade and State Government Trade & Investment to connect Australian companies with business opportunities in ASEAN. The seminar includes valuable information about doing business in the Singapore and SE Asia, investment as well as government grant opportunities from Australia and across the region. 

This event is geared towards Ausatralian businesses interested in understanding the opportunities availble for doing business in the ASEAN region and will break down into two parts:

  • Business Seminar - presentations by Austrade, Wholesale Investor and a grant broker
  • Business Connector - "speed-dating" with regional business executives, investors and grant brokers

Further information will be availble shortly.

Following is information on some of the Federal and State initiatives availble:


Federal Programs

Australian Government (April 2017), Backing Small Business Publication. This is a recent document that lists all Australian Government support (at the Federal Government level) for Australian small businesses.

A key programme of the Australian Government that provides funding (grants) and advice and other support to Australian SMEs is the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, which consists of four elements:

  • Accelerating Commercialisation
  • Business Management
  • Innovation Connections
  • Incubator Support

Australian Government Grants & Assistance tool.

  • is the Australian Government’s ‘one-stop-shop’ online portal for Australian businesses to deal with Government.
  • This grant and assistance finder tool helps with finding grants and assistance programmes – and you will see there is a number of loan programmes – though most are at the State Government level.

Austrade also provide an Export Development Grant for new and existing exporters.


NSW Grants

In addition for your information, NSW Jobs For NSW has some programs to assist NSW technology start-ups.

You may like to look at the Building Partnership Grants – for NSW based revenue generating technology start-ups.

Other NSW funding initiatives from Jobs for NSW:

  • Jobs Action Plan: provides NSW businesses with a $5,000 payroll tax rebate when they employ new workers in new eligible employment. This scheme has been extended until 30 June 2019.
  • $2,000 Small Business Employment incentive: provides a grant of up to $2,000 for non-payroll tax paying small businesses when they hire new employees from 1 July 2015.
  • $25 million Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship Fund: provides 25,000 scholarships for students undertaking qualifications for technology and growth jobs.


VIC Grants

Trade and Investment Victoria leads the State Government of Victoria's strategy to increase export opportunities and attract international business investment to Victoria to create jobs and grow the State's economy.

Through its global network of 20 offices, Trade and Investment Victoria provides:

  • free professional advice and assistance to potential and existing international investors and businesses;
  • information about Victoria's industries, available skills, infrastructure and regulation for potential investors and partners;
  • support to Victorian firms exporting or considering exporting, including a proactive inbound and outbound trade mission program to key trading markets; and
  • connections to Victorian exporters and advice on free trade agreements, tariffs and non-tariff barriers and Victorian sector capabilities.

The State Government of Victoria has a range of programs designed to encourage innovation and support the growth and development of next generation technologies. Some of these programs include:

-     Future Industries Fund (FIF): A$200 million Future Industries Fund which supports high-growth sectors and provides direct support to businesses seeking to innovate and grow

-     Public Sector Innovation Fund (PSIF): grants program ranging from A$50,000 to A$400,000 designed to drive new, more effective solutions to complex policy and service delivery challenges in Victoria.

-     LaunchVic: A$60 million startup fund which works in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, business, the community and our educational institutions to strengthen Victoria’s entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem.

-     Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT): Grants of up to 25 per cent of eligible project expenditure, or up to A$2 million to support job creating projects in Melbourne's North, West and South-East and the Geelong Region.

-     New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF): To support new energy technology projects which among other things, drive innovation of new energy technologies and increase the uptake of renewable energy generation.

-     Other grants and assistance programmes:Technology development, business R&D grants, vouchers and assistance programmes

-     Business Victoria: a comprehensive online resource designed to help businesses grow and develop


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