On 11 June 2020, Minister Dave Kelly announced a portion of the New Industries Fund (an additional $100,000) would go towards funding for education and mentoring programs to support start‑ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) impacted by COVID-19, which will be delivered by existing X-TEND WA program recipients.  The successful recipient(s) will be announced soon. 

At present there is no additional round available for application.

However, we encourage those interested in the program to sign up to the New Industries newsletter or follow us on Twitter @NewIndustriesWA for the latest news and information pertaining to our grant programs.

Overview and Objectives

The X-TEND WA Program is a competitive grants program, funded under the New Industries Fund, which is designed to build capability and capacity within the WA innovation community. 

In order to create new jobs and industries in Western Australia, there is a recognised need for improved and expanded educational programs for entrepreneurs to become ‘investor ready’ and/or to scale their businesses.

Additionally, there is also a need to expand the educational opportunities of investors and corporates to deliver better access to investment capital for entrepreneurs and innovative business owners in Western Australia.

What we are looking for

X-TEND WA will fund organisations which deliver innovator and/or investor educational programs that support the development of entrepreneurs and stimulate private investment in innovative projects in Western Australia.

We are seeking applications which deliver activities in one or two of the following streams:

  • Entrepreneurial education
  • Investor education

They may take the form of educational forums, mentoring, and incubator and accelerator programs.  

Proposed programs must be delivered in Western Australia and contribute towards the growth of the innovation community. Applications that strengthen innovation ecosystem collaboration and improve access to, or participation in, the Western Australian innovation community are encouraged.  

The New Industries Fund will co-contribute up to $100,000 per successful application. 

X-TEND WA Round 2 Recipients 2020

Congratulations to the successful Round 2 recipients of the X-TEND WA Program, announced by The Hon. Dave Kelly on 27 February 2020. 

The successful programs were:

Program                                                           Company Name

AgriStart                                                            AgriStart

China Gateway                                                 Triangle Equity Partners

Growth and Diversity                                         Perth Angels

Peel Entrepreneurial Academy                         Meshpoints

Perth Biodesign                                                 University of Western Australia


The recipients will deliver innovator and/or investor educational programs that support the development of entrepreneurs and stimulate private investment in innovative projects in Western Australia.

They will deliver their programs over the next 12 months to the benefit of the innovation community.  To learn more about their programs and how you can access them for your business, please directly contact the companies listed above. 


Previous recipients

X-TEND WA Round 1 Recipients 2019

Program                                                           Company Name

Digital Health Commercialisation                     Telethon Kids Institute

Quantum Spacetech Accelerator                     Atomic Sky Pty Ltd

Boosted series SMEs and Scale Ups               Spacecubed

Launchpad@Bloom                                           St Catherine’s College

Profound Incubator                                            Apps People

Impact Seed                                                        Impact Seed  Pty Ltd



Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
(08) 9222 0774

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The Program is administered by the Science and Innovation Division of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.