Unearthing innovative gems in regional Australia
Is your tech business based in regional Australia? Do you have an innovative, digitally led idea that could help improve productivity or social outcomes for regional and remote Australians? Could you use an injection of funding to help your idea become reality?
Then, say hello to the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program.
About the program
Delivered in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), applications are now open for the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program.
Offering grants totalling up to $95,000 across seven categories, the program aims to help regional tech businesses transform their creative ideas into game-changing achievements.
“nbn™ connectivity has gone a long way in digitally transforming businesses across regional Australia, and we know that people are using the nbn™ network to innovate and explore new ways to do great things for the community or their business,” says Gavin Williams, Chief Development Officer, Regional and Remote at nbn.
“Through Innovate with nbn™, we are looking for these new and exciting innovations that need a little bit of help to bring their idea to life.”
The program is part of nbn’s commitment to regional and remote Australia, which includes more than $2 billion in network investments over the next three years.
About the grants
Selected for their significance to regional and remote Australia, eligible businesses can apply to the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program under one of the following seven categories:
- Indigenous Business
- Women in Business
A $10,000 grant will be available in each category, plus a $25,000 major grant to the most outstanding application across all categories.
“We encourage eligible businesses of all sizes to apply,” says Gavin.
To be eligible to apply to the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program, a business needs to be based in regional Australia and connected to services over the nbn™ network. It also needs to hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and corresponding Australian bank account.
How to apply
Think your business has an innovative gem of an idea waiting to be unearthed?
Then, head to the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program Online Application Form to complete your submission by Monday 30 November 2020.
“I’m excited to see the depth and range of digitally-led solutions that are being developed in regional Australia for regional Australians,” says Gavin.
The program’s judging panel will be looking for regional businesses and organisations – and their ideas – that are:
- helping regional Australians to live, learn and work in a digital society by harnessing the benefits of the nbn™ network
- digitally disrupting traditional markets in regional Australia
- lifting digital participation and stimulating regional economies
- championing digital adoption for regional Australia
- supporting regional Australians
Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program recipients will be announced in February 2021.
Recognising regional businesses that are doing wonderful things, the program will also follow the progress of winning submissions as they take their projects to the next level with help from the grants.