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