Business Support

Priority Investment Program


The Priority Investment Program (PIP) has been established by the ACT Government to work with industry, research and the tertiary sectors to attract investment and grow established and emerging priority areas of Canberra’s economy.

It is about working with like-minded partners to unlock opportunities for Canberra businesses and encourage commercialisation.

When government, industry and the higher education and research sectors work together, we can ensure Canberra competes well in the global contest for investment and talent

PIP builds on the significant investment the ACT Government has delivered to the tertiary education and research sector to develop critical mass and capability in the sectors that can significantly contribute to the ongoing diversification of Canberra’s economy.


Projects will be considered under the Priority Investment Program that can:

Recent investments

Past projects that have received funding under the Priority Investment Program include:

Next funding round

The PIP – Jobs and Economic Recovery Funding Round is now open. Further information is available on the Priority Investment Program webpage.

Innovation Connect Grants


The Innovation Connect Grants program is designed to help Canberra-based businesses develop innovative products and services.

The Canberra Innovation Network, in partnership with the ACT Government, delivers the Innovation Connect (ICON) Grant program and provides matched funding between $10,000 and $30,000.

The program supports the thriving startup culture in Canberra and empowers entrepreneurs to develop and grow their innovative ideas.

If your business is in the early stages of preparing an innovative product or service for investment or commercialisation, then ICON may be able to help you get to the next step.


The ICON Grant program:

Next funding round

Funding round currently open and will close on 3 August 2020.

To find out more please visit:

CBR Screen Fund


The CBR Screen Fund is delivered by Screen Canberra whose remit is to support and grow the local Australian Capital Territory (ACT) screen industry.

The Fund is a multipurpose, strategic fund that seeks projects, opportunities and partners that can best meet the objectives and criteria of the Fund.

The Fund partners on the development, production and marketing of high quality feature films, television series and other screen projects from ACT practitioners or interstate/international practitioners that have significant Canberra elements and benefit, are capable of reaching local and international audiences and delivering commercial success.

For more information please visit:

First Wednesday Connect

On the first Wednesday of every month between 5.00pm – 6.30pm, the Canberra Innovation Network runs the First Wednesday Connect which brings about 200 innovators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, mentors, investors, researchers, students and creatives together in a highly interactive format.

It’s a great way to meet new people and make business connections. You will also hear from Canberra’s budding entrepreneurs in our high intensity 60 second pitching format and meet new people over drinks and nibbles.

To find out more go to

Or visit the CBRIN Facebook Page:

Weekly Innovation Challenge

The Canberra Innovation Network is currently running a Weekly Innovation Challenge for every entrepreneur, founder and business leader to learn how to create and test a new idea or change in your business.

To find out more go to