NSW-Trade and Investment

Interactive Media Fund

Effective from March 2012, administration of the Interactive Media Fund (IMF) was transferred to Screen NSW. For more information about the Fund, please visit the Screen NSW website.

The Interactive Media Fund supports the creation of new digital content. The fund is designed for businesses and for commercially oriented projects that are destined for distribution on internet, wireless, mobile or other emerging platforms or devices.

The IMF focuses on interactive content, a key element in digital innovation with the ability to benefit other sectors such as health, finance and education. It has received strong endorsement from peak bodies including the Games Developers Association of Australia, the Independent Games Developers Association, and the Screen Producers Association of Australia.

The IMF will provide support at various stages from early stage development up to completion of a functioning prototype or to take a market ready project into production. It also assists NSW businesses to attend key international conferences such as the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The guidelines for funding, application forms and frequently asked questions are available for download on the Screen NSW website.
Contact
All questions regarding the Collaborative Solutions program should be by email and addressed to collaborative.solutions@business.nsw.gov.au or by phone to Robin Phua (02) 9338 6706 or Valerie Allerton (02) 9338 6943.

Collaborative Solutions Program

Program Overview

The Collaborative Solutions Program was developed by the NSW Government and is managed by NSW Trade & Investment.It supports industry to develop innovative and compelling ICT-enabled solutions in key sectors that demonstrate the benefits of the digital economy. It focuses on opportunities, challenges and changing business models brought about by emerging technologies such as mobile computing, cloud computing, and ubiquitous high-speed broadband. It does this by awarding incentive grants for the development and piloting of these new solutions.

Contact
All questions regarding the Collaborative Solutions program should be by email and addressed to collaborative.solutions@business.nsw.gov.au or by phone to Robin Phua (02) 9338 6706 or Valerie Allerton (02) 9338 6943.

Innovation Advisory Service

NSW Trade & Investment is committed to supporting innovation in businesses. Through the Innovation Advisory Services, the Department offers a range of services to help inventors and small business innovators.

If you have a new idea or product that you think is marketable, our innovation advisory centres can assist in its development.
Services include:

access to self-assessment software
business advice and referral
low-cost technical and market assessments.

More information
To talk to an Innovation Advisory Service advisor contact 1300 411 417 or to the AusInvent website http://www.ausinvent.com- an information and networking resource for innovators and inventors which provides tools, valuable information, news and virtual exhibition space.

StartupHouse

About StartupHouse
It is a new co-working studio where, from February 2012, entrepreneurs can join the large and diverse community of Startups in Silicon Valley that offers a 36,000 sq ft (3,344 m2) facility which has premium office space, a co-working space, a cafe and a hostel.The location is strategically at 880 Harrison St in the Soma district of San Francisco, which is now considered the new centre of Silicon Valley.

The Process:
Just complete the online application form on the ATS website.

An ATS team Commercialisation Manager will review the funding applications. If you are selected for funding you will receive a written offer. Once a startup has been awarded funding approval under the program they can then utilise and pay for use of the StartupHouse facility, then claim a rebate from the program.
The rebate of up to 50 per cent of expenses incurred (capped at AUD1,250) will be processed following the provision of a report on the activity and provision of proof of your payment to StartupHouse.

Eligibility
Generally the program is available for NSW based startups with high growth potential. If you are unsure about you eligibility or would like to discuss the program please call or email.

Peter Gray
+ 61 2 9338 6619
Peter.Gray@business.nsw.gov.au

Aboriginal-Business-Development

The NSW Government supports Aboriginal economic development across the State by helping Aboriginal businesses to plan for the successful growth and development of their commercial enterprises.

NSW Trade & Investment offers a range of services to meet the needs of Aboriginal enterprises. These services are delivered through a network of experienced Aboriginal Business Development staff across NSW. They provide guidance in accessing business support services.

For more information please visit the Aboriginal Business page.
just pay a visit to Aboriginal Business page.

Innovation and Research

TechVouchers provides opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create research collaborations with public sector research organisations to help their business become more innovative and competitive.It benefits both industry and the public research sector by assisting SMEs with seed funding of up to $15,000 to help them engage with the NSW public research community and access research equipment and technical expertise.

To apply for a TechVoucher, businesses need to propose a project which will significantly benefit from a partnership with a research organisation – whether it is for further research, clinical trials or access to scientific equipment to support product development.

For more information on TechVouchers including application forms and guidelines, go to http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/techvouchers

Regional NSW

Regional NSW communities make a significant contribution to the State’s economy. They are resilient, and by working in partnership with people living in these communities the NSW Government is supporting them to remain sustainable and to grow.It has a range of special services and programs to assist the regions of NSW meet the challenges that confront them. These challenges are most effectively met through a partnership between government, businesses and communities.

Community Broadband Development Program

A project is being rolled out in various areas of regional NSW. For further information contact the Office of Regional Development on 02 9338 6719.

Country Halls Renewal Program
This program ceased on 1 July 2012. For further information contact the Office of Regional Development on 02 9338 6719.

Regional-Communities

Communities benefit from a number of NSW Trade & Investment programs that encourage community economic development by assisting communities with marketing and promotion, planning workshops, and business development projects. The Department assists community/regional development organisations undertake planning activities and implement projects which have broad based local support and the potential to generate economic benefits.

Applications for assistance can be submitted by local councils, incorporated associations including business, industry and community organisations and regional development organisations including Regional Development Australia committees.

Science-and-Research

SCIENCE LEVERAGING FUND

The NSW Government understands the important role that strong research and development capability plays in supporting the State’s leadership position within the Australian economy and its importance in growing a highly skilled workforce that drives innovation.

That is why the Government is continuing to significantly invest in research and development to help underpin our State’s future prosperity through the Science Leveraging Fund.

TechVouchers

TechVouchers provides opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create research collaborations with public sector research organisations to help their business become more innovative and competitive.

Businesses across NSW are encouraged to consider how their products and services might be improved through partnering with a research organisation. In particular, businesses that have not previously worked with universities or researchers, and businesses located in regional NSW are encouraged to apply.

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

NSW Trade & Investment stages and sponsors workshops and seminars designed to develop business capabilities, grow markets and business in local communities and enhance business skills.

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Contact Susan Hargreaves on (02) 9338 6668 or email: export@business.nsw.gov.au

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