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Entrepreneurs' Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme offers easy to access practical support to Australian businesses in a simplified and streamlined way. The Programme is a new approach to the way government provides services to business. It recognises Australia’s diverse business landscape and that the market and industry is changing in the global economy.

With a national network of more than 100 experienced private sector Advisers and Facilitators, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme offers support to businesses through three streams: 

  • Business Management;
  • Research Connections; and
  • Accelerating Commercialisation.

Practical support for businesses includes:

  • Advice from people with relevant private sector experience;
  • Small co-contributions for re-engineering or growth opportunities for business; and
  • Connection and collaboration opportunities.

Current Programme offerings are:

  • Business Evaluations – an assessment conducted at a business’ premises, resulting in a detailed report and recommendations for the business to make improvements
  • Supply Chain Facilitation – support for individual businesses to build capability and facilitate greater connectivity within their supply chains.
  • Growth Services - access to specialist advisers, services and connections to accelerate growth, over a period of up to two years.
  • Business Growth Grants – small, co-funded grants to engage external expertise to assist businesses with implementing improvements recommended in a Business Evaluation. 
Further information about these Programme offerings please visit www.business.gov.au or call 13 28 46.


Small and medium businesses with turnover (revenue from sales of goods and services) between $1.5 million and $100 million that have traded in Australia for at least three years, possess an Australian Company Number, are financially solvent, and operate in:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Oil, Gas and Energy or
  • Enabling technologies and services of the sectors listed above
In addition to the above, applicants for a business evaluation must be one or more of the following:
  • engaged in, or expanding their operations to be engaged in, interstate or overseas trade and commerce
  • a foreign corporation formed within Australia
  • a corporation for which trading or financial activities are a substantial or significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities
  • a corporation or body formed under Commonwealth law

To find out more:

Visit the Entrepreneurs' Programme site or call 13 28 46

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Darek Swiderski
Entrepreneurs' Programme Business Adviser, North Sydney
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Mike Goodman
Entrepreneur Facilitator
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Nathan McGrath
Entrepreneurs' Programme Business Adviser, Ballina
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Clare Newton
Business Adviser
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Lain Baigent
Entrepreneurs' Programme Advisor
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Rod Murray
Business Adviser
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Sally Palmer
Business Adviser
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