Over $615K awarded to entrepreneur and investor education programs

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X-TEND WA

$616,240 in co-investment grants to support the commercialisation of Western Australian innovations has been announced today as part of the third round of the state government’s X-TEND WA grants program.

The service providers will use the grants to deliver educational projects that will help WA entrepreneurs to expand their capability and facilitate their innovation journey and/or improve investor education and build confidence in those investing in innovative projects.

The eight recipients will receive grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000. The recipients were drawn from more than 40 applications, which included initiatives for regional, female founders and First Nations entrepreneurs.

Though 1:1 co-investment applications were preferred, non-matched co-funding applications were also evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Up to $100,000 per successful applicant was available under the program, with the pool initially being $500,000.

Under the conditions of the program, recipients will be given a year to deliver their programs.

The recipients

VentureX founders
From left: Stephanie Rowland, Justine Teggelove, Pia Turcinov, Sheryl Frame and Tracie Clark of VentureX. Image supplied.
Company nameTitle of projectSector focusLocation
VentureX HQ VentureX HQFemale founders and female investors networking educational program.Metro
Agristart CONNECT Sustainable IndustriesRegional focused support for entrepreneurs in the sustainable industries and future energy sector.Regionally focused
Life Sciences IncLife Sciences WA Investment SeriesWA’s first dedicated life sciences investor education program.Metro
Atomic Sky Quantum TX WA 2022Cross-sector industry growth and scaleup program in the space and technology economyMetro
For Blue Blue Gravity – growing WA as a centre for marine industry innovationInvestment and support for innovative marine SMEs and WA’s ‘blue’ (ocean) economyMetro and regionally focused
IPS Foundation CREATEPre-accelerator program for First Nation entrepreneurs from across Western Australia.Regionally focused
St Catherine’s CollegeOrbit Accelerator ProgramAccelerator for youth entrepreneurshipMetro
Spacecubed Ventures She Codes Female Founders ProgramFemale founder development through a digital technology incubator program.Metro

What is X-TEND?

X-TEND was established in 2019 as part of the state government’s strategy to diversify the economy by supporting and accelerating new and emerging businesses via the New Industries Fund.

Since 2019 it has awarded over $1.6 million to 19 education programs for sectors including health technologies regional innovation, export market entry and impact, along with angel investment.

In last year’s 2021-22 State Budget provisions to continue the fund until 2025 were made.

“Following a large number of competitive applications for round three of the X-TEND WA program, we have increased the total amount of funding available from $500,000 to more than $615,000,” said Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson in a statement.

Over the next year, the eight grant recipients will deliver education programs that support entrepreneurs on their innovation journey, from ideation to scale up, and help build confidence in investing in innovative projects.

Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Innovation and ICT

Previous recipients have included Telethon Kids Institute and Impact Seed, with the first two rounds seeing $933,000 spread across 11 education programs including space supply chain.

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