Business programs and projects from local, state and federal government agencies and from local not-for profit business groups below are available to foster business development. Council also sometimes partners with agencies to deliver programs and projects to support local businesses.
The Sunshine Coast is arguably Australia’s leading regional centre for innovation, with a substantial contribution from the Noosa community, and here’s why - view the Sunshine Coast Innovation video.
Ignite Ideas Fund - Round 3 Now Open
A third round of Ignite Ideas funding has recently been announced. Through Ignite Ideas, grants of up to $250,000 (excl. GST) are available to help startups and small to medium sized businesses commercialise market ready innovative ideas.
Applications for the third round of funding are now open for the next three weeks, closing at midday 12 July 2017. Numerous local businesses have been successful recipients of this funding in the past.
Full eligibility and applicant guidelines, details of previous grant recipients and helpful webinars from Innovate Queensland on attracting investment and winning customers are available on the Advance Queensland website.
Entrepreneur's Programme - Social Media Webinars
The business.gov.au Entrepreneurs’ Programme has launched a webinar series, delivered by marketing and social media experts and targeted towards Entrepreneurs’ Programme eligible clients on social media for business. With more and more customers connecting with businesses online each year, these webinars will provide an introduction to social media to support business innovation, increase productivity and competitiveness, and support business success. Read here for more information on the webinar series.
R&D Tax Incentive
The R& D Tax Incentive provides a tax offset for some of a company's cost of doing eligible research and development (R&D) activities by reducing a company's income tax liability. Tax offsets of 43.5% or 38.5% are available for costs incurred on eligible activities depending on a company’s annual aggregated turnover. The 43.5% benefit is a refundable offset. Read here for eligibility and application details.
Innovation Master Class
Register your interest now to participate in this applied business development program.
We're looking for owner managers of established small to mid-sized business who want to learn and achieve their potential to work with experienced innovation consultant Colin Graham of Causeway Innovation. A series of four half day workshops, practical assignments to apply learnings, plus follow up will assist you to take your business to the next level. Read here for more information on the programs and details on how to register your interest.
Generation Innovation (GI) creates entrepreneurs out of young people by helping unleash their innovative genius. GI empowers young people to pursue their own path towards a positive future by connecting them to the local business community and providing training, mentoring and seed capital to help fund the initial stages of business start-ups.
The GI Challenge, a challenge for 15 to 25 year olds to start their own businesses, is on now.
In a world where young people need to be more creative and adaptive than ever, GI provides an entry into the real economy where dreams can become reality and where ideas can be turned into ventures. Read here for more details.
Export Council of Australia - 2017 International Business Survey
The Export Council of Australia are calling on exporters to complete the 2017 International Business Survey. By doing so, exporters will be contributing to Australia’s most significant study into international business activity. Read here for more details and to complete the survey.
Digital Sunshine Coast
Advance Queensland - Community Digital Champion Nominations are now open!
Community Digital Champions help to teach communities about the benefits of going digital—in their businesses or in their day-to-day lives, increasing people’s digital awareness, adoption and online participation.
Once chosen, 'Champions' are in the role for 12 months to share their knowledge and experiences with the local community.
They have opportunities to network and collaborate with other champions and even receive an invitation to a roundtable event at Parliament House.
Take a look at the Queensland Digital Economy Strategy website for details.
Have you obtained your Digital Scorecard?
Using the State Government's Business Queensland Information Technology (IT) for Business website, take a short assessment to obtain your Digital Scorecard. This is a great way to find out how digitally prepared your business is and how you compare to your business-world peers.
Did you know that TAFE Queensland East Coast’s MAKE Magazine showcases students’ success stories and achievements. Read the lastest issue here.
Business Queensland's Small Business Grants Program
If you are looking for funding assistance, check outBusiness Queensland's grants page. Learn about small business grants in Queensland. Read how to find grants, apply and complete applications and find out about business support.
The Queensland Government's Grants and Business Assistance Finder is a very helpful tool for your business funding and research needs.
DSITI and AusIndustry "Innovation Journey" document
Find out more about innovation funding, business support initiatives and product development opportunities available through the Australian and Queensland governments to help develop innovation and grow business.
Digital Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
A draft map was created by Digital Sunshine Coast to provide a visual representation of the Sunshine Coast’s growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. It is designed to capture the support and resources available for new, emerging and established entrepreneurs within the Sunshine Coast region.
By mapping the Sunshine Coast’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Digital Sunshine Coast wants to encourage closer partnerships that will cement the Sunshine Coast’s position as a leading region for innovation and business development.
Digital Sunshine Coast is seeking feedback, including suggestions and ideas for the draft Ecosystem map. Provide feedback here.