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Canberra Innovation Network

The Canberra Innovation Network has been established by the ACT Government and ACT innovation community to play a major role in accelerating innovation and growth to maximise wealth creation and transformation of the ACT economy. The Network is unique within Australia in that it’s based on a collaboration between five world-class research and education institutes in the ACT: the ANU, University of Canberra, Data61, CSIRO and UNSW Canberra.

The Canberra Innovation Network can assist your business to innovate in a number of ways including:

  • Providing advice and support
  • Providing co-working space via Entry 29:
    The Canberra Innovation Network's space at Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Canberra is home to Entry 29 co-working space External Link - opens in new window. Entry 29's goal is to provide a social and inspiring work space where entrepreneurs can connect, create and collaborate on new and exciting opportunities. By joining Entry 29 you can enjoy the office facilities, including wi-fi, desks, meeting spaces and more, available at Canberra Innovation Network.
  • Connecting you with support to accelerate your growth:The Canberra Innovation Network can connect you to the support your business needs to accelerate it's growth including to it's partners, the GRIFFIN Accelerator and ATP Innovations:
    GRIFFIN Accelerator program
    External Link - opens in new window: The GRIFFIN Accelerator is a startup accelerator in Canberra. Once a year they invite entrepreneurs to apply for a place in the 3+3 program for the opportunity to validate their idea, develop networks and fine-tune their business model.
    Cicada Innovations External Link - opens in new window: Cicada Innovations is a leading business incubator for potential high growth businesses.

The Canberra Innovation Network also hosts a range of innovative events and workshops. Visit their website to view their event calendar.

Find out more on our Canberra Innovation Network page or visit the Canberra Innovation Network website External Link - opens in new window.

ACT Exporters’ Network External Link - opens in new window

The ACT Exporters’ Network provides private sector leadership and network opportunities for new and experienced exporting companies.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service External Link - opens in new window

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) is a national service that can help you find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities whether you are starting, operating, growing, or closing a business. The service provides information for all States and Territories and the Australian Government.

Global Connect

Global Connect is a single program interface for the various export and trade development activities supported by the ACT Government.

Indigenous Business Australia External Link - opens in new window

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is a progressive, commercially focused organisation that promotes and encourages self-management, self-sufficiency and economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through its Business Development and Assistance Program, IBA assists eligible Indigenous Australians to establish, acquire and grow small to medium businesses, by providing business support services and business finance.

Innovation Connect grant program

The Innovation Connect (ICon) grant program provides funding for Canberra based businesses to develop innovative products and services.

Data61 External Link - opens in new window

Data61 focuses on ICT research, innovation and commercialisation. Data61 has five laboratories around the country, including in Canberra, and partner with a number of Australian universities. With more than 600 people, Data61 is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.

Trade Connect grant program

The Trade Connect grant program provides funding to emerging Canberra exporters to support trade development activities. External Link - opens in new window is an Australian Government service providing information on planning, starting and growing your business.

AusIndustry External Link - opens in new window

AusIndustry is a program delivery division with the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. They are a key source of information and referral over a range of business areas.

Austrade External Link - opens in new window

Austrade is the Australian Government’s trade, investment and education promotion agency. Austrade assists Australian companies to grow their international business, attracts productive foreign direct investment into Australia and promotes Australia’s education sector internationally.

Australian Business Register External Link - opens in new window

The Australian Business Register (ABR) allows you to register for an Australian Business Number (ABN), register your business name and register for various taxes including GST and PAYG withholding.

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  • ACT Government Directorates
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  • Australian Government Useful Links
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