Innovation Connect

Innovation Connect is now open for Expressions of Interest. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 10pm, 15 January 2018. Refer to the Guidelines and FAQs pages for further information.

The ACT Government’s Innovation Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra-based businesses develop innovative products and services. If your business is in the early stages of preparing an innovative product or service for investment or commercialisation, then Innovation Connect may be able to help you get to the next step.

Innovation Connect is a matched-funding competitive grant program that provides support for smaller, technology focused start-ups and entrepreneurs to accelerate viable, innovative ideas along the commercialisation pathway.

Innovation Connect provides competitive grants of between $5,000 to $30,000 for proving your concept (e.g. developing a prototype or market testing your solution).

From 2017, Innovation Connect includes a ‘Renewables Stream’ funded from the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund. This is a dedicated funding stream designed to support commercial opportunities within the renewable energy and cleantech sectors.

Application requirements and processes for the Innovation Connect and Renewables Streams are the same. Grant applicants will need to indicate with grant stream they are applying to when they lodge their initial application.

Once you have read the Guidelines and FAQs;  and produced your video pitch you can submit your EOI here.

The following is a list of recipients of Innovation Connect funding support since the program commenced in the 2008–09 financial year.

PDFFull List of Innovation Connect Grant Recipients

Further Information

If you would like to discuss the Innovation Connect grant program please don’t hesitate to contact an Innovation Connect Client Manager:

Phone: 02 6205 1308 or 02 6207 8040 
Email: or

Information on the open funding round will be advertised on this webpage, through the CBR Innovation Network newsletter and via the Innovate Canberra LinkedIn page.