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. Minister Kelly further announced on 14 August 2020 additional funding towards this initiative (up to $390,000), to support even more affected start-ups and SMEs.
The COVID-19 Recovery initiative will utilise experienced Western Australian business professionals, to provide free practical workshops, webinars, one-on-one mentoring and professional advice. Services include tips to enhance digital business capability and reach, to help COVID-19 affected innovative startups and SME's from across the state to recover and grow.
Nearly $500,000 of New Industries Funding has been allocated to enable businesses to receive free tailored business support .
The programs will run for six months up until the end of January 2021.
Businesses from all diversity groups are encouraged to participate.
For details on the programs and how they can best support your business, review the following services.
Regional Reboot, by Agristart, - Online and face-to-face events for businesses in Albany, Margaret River, Collie, Busselton, Broome, Kununurra, and Geraldton
Fast Forward WA, by Atomic Sky - Suitable for any type of small business but will be more aligned with SMEs in the B2B industrial sector such as small manufacturing, product and service providers to the mining, oil and gas, agriculture or technology sectors.
Telethon Kids Institute - COVID-response program to support the WA digital health industry.
Perth Angels - Webinars, one-on-one mentoring and professional business services available to all sectors.
Triangulate by Triangle Equity Partners - Providing one-on-one mentoring and the development of a tailored tactical action plan for SMEs.