New Industries Fund: X-TEND WA Program grants

The X-TEND WA Program funds organisations which deliver innovator and/or investor educational programs that support the development of entrepreneurs and stimulate private investment in innovative projects in Western Australia. Applications are currently open for Round 3.

Overview and objectives

The X-TEND WA Program is a competitive grants program, funded under the New Industries Fund, which is designed to build capability and capacity within our innovation community.

In order to create new local jobs and industries, there is a recognised need for improved and expanded educational programs for entrepreneurs to support their innovation journey.

Additionally, there is also a need to expand the educational opportunities of investors and corporates to deliver better access to investment capital for entrepreneurs and innovative business owners in WA.

What we are looking for

X-TEND WA will fund organisations which deliver innovator and/or investor educational programs that support the development of entrepreneurs and stimulate private investment in innovative projects in WA.

We are seeking applications which deliver activities in one or 2 of the following streams:

  1. entrepreneurial education
  2. investor education.

They may take the form of educational forums, workshops, mentoring, and incubator and accelerator programs.

Proposed programs must be delivered in WA over 12 months and contribute towards the growth of the innovation community. Applications that strengthen innovation ecosystem collaboration and improve access to, or participation in, the WA innovation community are encouraged.

The New Industries Fund will co-contribute up to $100,000 per successful application. 

Applications

Applications are currently open for X-TEND WA Round 3. 

Before you apply, please review the Guidelines below, as there has been some changes since the last round. 

All applications must be submitted through the application portal, xtend.grantplatform.com

The application portal will close at 11:00 am AWST, Wednesday 1 December 2021.  You must submit your application before this time to be considered. 

Up to $100,000 per successful application is available.  A 1:1 co-investment by the service provider is preferred in this process.   However, it is recognised that some vital programs may not be able to attract this level of co-investment.  As such, partial or non-matched co-funding applications will still be considered and evaluated on a case by case basis where a demonstrated market need is shown. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and/or Australian Company Number (ACN);
  • Have your business/organisation’s (including not-for-profits) registered business address in the State of Western Australia; or
    • be an Australian business/organisation not located in the State of Western Australia, that agrees to  register a business address in the State of Western Australia; or
    • be an international business/organisation that agrees to set up a registered business whose registered business address is in the State of Western Australia.
  • Be made by a valid legal entity that can enter into a funding agreement with the Western Australian Government;
  • Be a solvent Western Australian based non-government organisation (business or not-for-profit);
  • Put forward a program proposal that aligns with one or two of the streams within the Scope of Activities, as indicated at Item 6 of the Guidelines;
  • Clearly explain how the proposal will contribute to job creation in Western Australian; and
  • Includes a project plan that includes a timeline, deliverables, a clear and reasonable budget, resources, risks, IP management, stakeholder engagement and how impact/success will be measured.

More information

An online Information Session was hosted on Tuesday 16 November 2021.  

A copy of the slides are available below. 

For all other queries, please email innovation@jtsi.wa.gov.au or call 08 6277 2815.   

Previous recipients

X-TEND Follow on Funding 2020-21

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On 25 November 2020, the Hon. Dave Kelly, Minister for Innovation and ICT,  announced $100,000 co-contribution funding through the $16.7 million New Industries Fund, to Atomic Sky to deliver another round of their successful Quantum TX accelerator program. 

Quantum TX supports start-ups and SMEs to enter the space sector supply chain, and encourages technology exchange in other critical sectors such as oil and gas, mining, agriculture and defence. 

Program Company Name
Quantum Spacetech Accelerator Atomic Sky Pty Ltd

X-TEND WA Round 2 recipients 2020

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Congratulations to the successful round 2 recipients of the X-TEND WA Program, announced by the Hon. Dave Kelly in February 2020.

The successful programs were:

Program Company Name
AgriStart AgriStart
China Gateway Triangle Equity Partners
Growth and Diversity Perth Angels
Peel Entrepreneurial Academy Meshpoints
Perth Biodesign University of Western Australia

The recipients will deliver innovator and/or investor educational programs that support the development of entrepreneurs and stimulate private investment in innovative projects in Western Australia.

They will deliver their programs over the next 12 months to the benefit of the innovation community. To learn more about their programs and how you can access them for your business, directly contact the companies listed above.

For more information visit the media statement 'Regional and women entrepreneurs and investors get boost from latest X-TEND WA grants.'

 

X-TEND WA Round 1 recipients 2019

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Congratulations to the successful round 1 recipients of the X-TEND WA Program, announced by the Hon. Dave Kelly in July 2019.

Program Company Name
Digital Health Commercialisation Telethon Kids Institute
Quantum Spacetech Accelerator Atomic Sky Pty Ltd
Boosted series SMEs and Scale Ups Spacecubed
Launchpad@Bloom St Catherine’s College
Profound Incubator Apps People
Impact Seed Impact Seed Pty Ltd

 

For more information visit the media statement 'Investor and start-up training to boost WA innovators and create WA jobs'.

Page reviewed 18 November 2021