The Australian Government’s Entrepreneur’s Infrastructure Program uses facilitators and advisers drawn from industry to ensure businesses get the advice and support they need to improve their competitiveness and productivity.
Updated at: 05/03/2015 at 1:21 pm
The primary focus is on providing access to the best advice and networks to solve their problems rather than focusing on financial assistance. The experienced private sector advisers which are part of EIP the work with business across many sectors to support businesses through three elements:
- Business Management, providing support for business improvement and growth;
- Research Connections, helping small and medium businesses collaborate with the research sector to develop new ideas with commercial potential; and
- Accelerating Commercialisation, helping entrepreneurs, researchers, start-ups and businesses address key challenges in the commercialisation pathway of bringing novel products, processes and service to the market.
Access to research facilities is allowed under the Research Infrastructure Program
Research Connections facilitators may work with businesses to provide access to up to 12 months of financial assistance in the form of a matched funding grant worth up to $50,000. That support can be used to access research infrastructure such as VPTN member facilities.