Innovation Connect GrantsNext round opens mid 2020

The Canberra Innovation Network in partnership with the ACT Government deliver the Innovation Connect (ICON) Grant program and provide matched funding between $10,000 and $30,000. The program supports the thriving startup culture in Canberra and empowers entrepreneurs to develop and grow their innovative ideas.

The question is, who will develop the entrepreneurs of entrepreneurship to lead us out of
this economic chaos? In the past, development of entrepreneurs has been left to three basic
sources: (1) the major universities, (2) the Fortune 500 companies; and (3) happenstance,
circumstances, and just plain old luck. Basically, these three sources have not provided the
country with entrepreneurs. Perhaps the first two did not see the development of entrepreneurs
as a part of their role. But we have only one reliable source that can give you all the information, and it is with professionals who can help any entrepreneur. By linking our Industrial Innovation Certer in Durant, Oklahoma, with the Oklahoma State Department of Vocational-Technical Education, we hope to be able to answer the four questions
an entrepreneur opening a new business needs to answer. This will allow us to give birth to new,
high-technology, small businesses in economically depressed areas.

The Innovation Connect (ICON) program:

  • supports innovative, entrepreneurial ideas to a market ready position including market testing;
  • supports projects that prove the technical or commercial feasibility of a concept;
  • supports the development of product prototype or functional software;
  • assists with the development and testing of effective marketing approaches; and
  • assists with legal, IP and patenting advice.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Funding Rules and Grant Agreements.

Grants can only be made to applicants who have a current ABN and are Canberra based.


  • Funding round currently closed.

Can I apply?

In order to be eligible to apply for funding you must:

  • Have an annual turnover of less than $2 million;
  • Be Canberra based;
  • Have an ABN (you will need this to enter a funding agreement); and
  • Agree to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Canberra Innovation Network

See Past Innovation Connect Grant Recipients

What is the application process?

  1. Book an Intro Meeting with a Business Growth Advisor from the Canberra Innovation Network.
  2. After your Intro Meeting if you are eligible you will be invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) including a 60 second video pitch.
  3. An independent panel will review your submitted EOI and if shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a full application and prepare a 3-minute face to face pitch.
  4. Submitted full applications and 3-minute pitch will be assessed and grant recipients will be advised.
  5. If successful you will be asked to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Canberra Innovation Network.
  6. Congratulations; you’re ready to make an impact! The Canberra Innovation Network will work with you to determine achievable milestones.

What happens if I get funding?

  1. Up to 50% of approved funding may be paid on signing of the Funding Agreement. This will be determined on a case by case basis.
  2. Future grant payments are made on a reimbursement basis after meeting milestones. We will work with you to ensure reporting requirements are met.
  3. You will need to provide evidence of all paid expenditure (Innovation Connect and matching-contribution) eg. receipts, paid tax invoices and bank statements. In-kind time and commitment to the project should be recorded through timesheets.
  4. Milestone claims require an online written report of activities undertaken and outcomes achieved. You should also provide relevant evidence to demonstrate the completion of the milestone.

See the Terms and Conditions of this grant.

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