Business Development

Business Development Strategy

The ACT Government’s Business Development Strategy recognises that a strong and sustainable economy is essential to meet the needs of the Canberra community now and into the future.

Our economy is growing, we are continuing to diversify our private sector, and we are creating more new jobs every year.

The ACT Government is focussed on continuing to create the right business environment and using our competitive strengths to accelerate innovation and investment.

Read the full ACT Business Development Strategy Confident & Business Ready: Building on our Strengths here:

Venture Capital

There are a number of venture capital support and capital partnering programs available to help Canberra businesses get started or take up new opportunities.

Discovery Translation Fund

ANU Connect Ventures manages the Discovery Translation Fund (DTF) - an initiative of the ACT Government and the ANU that sponsors proof-of-concept research. It aims to assist with the commercialisation of new innovations and technologies originating from Canberra.

Grants for the DTF typically range from $25,000 to $50,000. They do not require matched funding and are non-repayable.

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Capital Angels

Formed in 2005, the Capital Angels is a corporation that provides a forum for qualified high net-worth individuals to proactively support Capital Region entrepreneurs through both investment and direct activities supporting the companies.

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Entrepreneur’s Programme

The Entrepreneur’s Programme is an Australian Government initiative that can help you to improve your business’s growth capabilities and networks, engage with researchers, foster innovation and encourage commercialisation of novel products, processes or services.

The program provides practical advice, matched grants and access to national networks of business, research and market experts.

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