Entrepreneurs and startups

We are boosting our entrepreneurial culture by improving access to finance, new business opportunities, and management support for startups and small to medium enterprises.

Our Advance Queensland programs and funds are listed below to help you find the support your need. 

You can also view Queensland Government and Australian Government support options. 

Female Founders Program

Helping to maximise the number of inspirational women involved in Queensland’s innovation ecosystem.

Life Sciences Catalyst

Are you a startup, SME, entrepreneur or an innovator in the life sciences sector? Are you Queensland based and need guidance to grow your idea or company?

One Business

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by creating pathways to participate in Queensland's innovation economy.

Startup Onramp

Provides training and mentoring programs for entrepreneurs to give them the knowledge, skills and connections they need to succeed.

Advancing Regional Innovation Program

Encourages innovation across Queensland and supports local economies to create jobs for regional Queenslanders.

Agtech and Logistics Hub in Toowoomba

The Advance QueenslandAgtech and Logistics Hub will transform agriculture through facilitated connections, collaboration, partnerships and opportunities to solve industry’s biggest challenges.

Business Development Fund

Helps to turn ideas into reality with co-investment in Queensland businesses at the forefront of commercialising ground-breaking research or innovations.

Business Growth Fund

Provides targeted assistance for small and medium businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations.

Commercialisation Partnership Program

Places Queensland innovators in Chinese incubators to collaborate with global expertise, access top facilities and accelerate commercial outcomes.

Deadly Deals

Supports targeted Indigenous businesses and innovators to undertake the next step in the development of a product, process or service to market.

Engaging Science Grants

Supports science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that increase the reach and impact of science in Queensland.

Ignite Ideas Fund

Supports Queensland based start-ups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise innovative products, processes and services to enable them to grow and compete in a global market and create new jobs.

Innovate Queensland

Innovate Queensland helps innovative small to medium Queensland enterprises to develop the skills, knowledge and networks required to commercialise new products and services, develop winning business strategies and grow.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP)

MIT REAP helps Queensland continue to solidify its reputation as a regional innovation hot-spot, supporting startups and driving jobs for regional Queenslanders.

Mental Health for Founders program

Are you a Queensland-based founder needing some extra support for your wellbeing?

MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Bringing MIT Bootcamps to Brisbane to run a week-long intensive bootcamp for budding entrepreneurs.

Queensland Women in STEM Prize

Showcasing inspiring women working in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), whose practice benefits Queenslanders.

Regional Angel Investors Support Program

Linking investors with entrepreneurs to create new economic opportunities and jobs in Queensland’s regions.

Regional Startup Hubs Support Program

Supporting regionally based startup hubs and groups in Queensland to build their capability to deliver programs and activities to attract, inspire and build the knowledge and skills of local innovators.

Small Business Digital Grants Program

Helps businesses build their digital capability and grow, assisting with the purchase of hardware, software or digital training and skills development.

SparkPlug

Provides Queensland-based startups and small-to-medium enterprises with an opportunity to present new solutions to Queensland Government decision makers.

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