New Venture Capital initiative for Canberra start-ups

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Canberra entrepreneurs whose firms have potential for high growth will be able to access funds to build their business under a new scheme launched by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on 24 May. Read the media release 'Venture Capital initiative to take smart CBR ideas to market' External Link - opens in new window.

2016 ACT NAIDOC Indigenous Business of the Year Award open for nominations

Monday 16 May 2016

Nominations for the 2016 ACT NAIDOC Indigenous Business of the Year are now open and will close Friday 10 June 2016. For nomination forms, email

Nominations open for 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year

Thursday 5 May 2016

Nominations are now open for the 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year. The award aims to promote the achievements and excellence of scientific endeavour in the ACT. For more information including links to nomination guidelines, read the media release 'Nominations open for 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year' External Link - opens in new window.

Minister for Small Business launches Small Business Innovation Partnerships

Friday 29 April 2016

Minister for Small Business Dr Chris Bourke was today joined by the ACT’s Local Industry Advocate Kate Lundy and representatives from a number of innovative local businesses to officially launch the Small Business Innovation Partnerships (SBIP) program at the National Arboretum. Read the media release 'Augmented reality comes to the National Arboretum Canberra' External Link - opens in new window.

International flights to bring closer ties with New Zealand capital Wellington

Friday 29 April 2016

New opportunities for economic and cultural exchange between Canberra and Wellington are expected to result from direct international flights connecting the capitals from September. The Mayor of the City of Wellington, Ms Celia Wade-Brown is visiting Canberra to discuss the opportunities resulting from the new flights that will connect the capital cities of Australia and New Zealand. Read the media release 'Cool little capitals connect in Canberra' External Link - opens in new window.

China and Asia opportunities to flow via Singapore

Monday 18 April 2016

Direct flights between Singapore and Canberra will open up significant new trade, investment, education and tourism opportunities from China and Asia. During his visit to Shanghai, Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA met with senior representatives from Singapore Airlines (North Asia and China) and Tourism Australia's representative for North Asia to discuss growing Canberra's inbound tourism market from China through Singapore Airlines' direct flights which start in September. Read the media release 'Direct flights to attract more Chinese tourists' External Link - opens in new window.

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Opportunities in China

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Organiser: ACT Chinese Business Council

Learn from Chinese entrepreneurs Jin Dang, Tencent Incubator Manager and Shuai Zhang, Founder of "qingchujia" the secrets of becoming a successful startup and how to sell $4m worth of products in an hour in China.

Indigenous Business Workshop - Marketing

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Organiser: Canberra Innovation Network Indigenous Business Development Team

This free workshop will help you to market your business online using a website and social media.

Bidding to win business workshop: Light Rail Business Link

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Organiser: Light Rail Business Link Program, Canberra Business Chamber

During this free workshop you will gain knowledge in understanding major project scope and program delivery and find out where the opportunities are and how to capture them.

Finance and legal structures workshop: Light Rail Business Link

Thursday 26 May 2016

Organiser: Light Rail Business Link Program, Canberra Business Chamber

Further your knowledge in structuring your business for the most effective returns, social ventures and brokerage models, partnerships and JV's and Finance and due diligence at this free workshop.

Contract Management and Managing Risks Workshop: Light Rail Business Link

Monday 23 May 2016

Organiser: Light Rail Business Link Program, Canberra Business Chamber

In this workshop you will gain insight into meeting contractual requirements including insurances, policies and standards, understanding public / private sector contractual documents and requirements, contract management, dealing with clients & customers and managing risk.

Preparation pays off workshop

Monday 16 May 2016

Organiser: Light Rail Business Link Program

In this free workshop you will learn further techniques on writing tender responses, mapping your supply chain structures as part of demonstrating ability to supply and the advantage of partnering with local firms to expand your supply capability and increase your chance of winning more business.

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