• Grant Funding

Local Jobs Fund

Aimed at creating more local jobs and accelerating major and significant projects in the Territory. 

The fund is a co-investment fund which supports economic transformational projects and helps high growth potential to increase exports of goods and services both interstate and overseas. 

The fund offers three levels of support:

  • Business Investment Concessional Loans
  • Equity Co-investment
  • Grants program.
  • Angel investor

Angel Loop NT Pty Ltd

Australia’s fastest growing Angel Investor Network.

Angel Loop brings together not just early-stage capital but local connections, management expertise, legal, accounting and HR support to ensure that our businesses of the future take root and thrive. Closing the loop on innovation and commercialisation to ensure strong economic outcomes for our local communities.

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DNA Innovation

Angel investment and venture capital (VC) fund.

Doug has had wide and varied experience in founding, growing, managing and selling several businesses in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and Southeast Asia across multiple industry sectors. Doug has also good experience as an investment professional, with seed and early stage VC investment funds, as well as several angel investments.

Now Doug loves filling his days working with innovative, fast growth companies as a business and commercialisation adviser and mentoring start-ups across multiple different incubator / accelerator programs.

As a general partner in a small venture capital program he evaluates and invests in early stage technology companies, makes angel investments personally, and is pursuing his own start-ups in single serve wine packaging and business optimisation. Doug has 14 angel investments personally, has been an investment manager at VC fund during 2004 to 2010, and is now general partner at a VC fund which is currently investing.

He has qualifications in electronic engineering, finance, and venture capital, and is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Doug is ready to ask you the hard questions that need to be asked.

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  • Grant Funding

Export Market Development Grants

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program now provides upfront funding certainty so you know how much you will receive during your grant agreement (2 or 3 years) so you can plan your promotional activities with confidence.

Small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters can apply for 3 different grants over 8 years (not necessarily consecutively) for eligible promotional activities.

Grants are available in 3 stages, called tiers. Each tier provides a different level of support for SMEs as they grow their export markets. The lengths of these grants reflect the different stages of an exporter’s journey.

  • Venture Capital


Sapien, a Latin word meaning "one who knows". We founded SapienVentures on a simple belief that the most valuable companies of our time will be the ones solving humanity’s biggest problems. Our purpose is to support the world positive entrepreneurs, founders 'who knows' and committed to building these disruptive solutions. Together we can reimagine huge sectors of the global economy in ways that move the planet forward.

We place great emphasize on people and values. We hold ourselves and our companies to the highest ethical and moral standards. We select for, and cultivate, values-based leadership across our entire portfolio.

We practice humility by reminding ourselves we’re not perfect and we will make mistakes. We practice audacity by taking bold risks and investing in companies that we wish existed. We use our operating experience to help define the big vision and sweat the little details.

Ultimately, we see profit and purpose as a virtuous circle. In the right combination they form a flywheel that will deliver enormous financial returns while transforming capitalism in a world positive way.

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Reinventure exists at the third horizon of growth, focused on creating options in future businesses through venture investment and a strategic relationship with our largest limited partner, Westpac Banking Corporation. With $150 million to invest in FinTech and adjacent areas, we are uncovering, investing in and nurturing scalable early businesses that will be the future of the industry.

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  • Research & Development

Research and Development Tax Incentive

The Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) offers a tax offset for companies conducting eligible R&D activities. It encourages investment in R&D to help your company to grow and innovate which generates benefits for the Australian economy.

As well as providing financial support, the R&DTI can be an opportunity to collaborate with registered research service providers.

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We are one of Australia’s leading venture capital firms, with over $500 million in funds under management.

But we do more than invest. We work with companies to take them to that all important next stage, by actively shaping their future.

We apply our years of experience, expertise, operational and executional excellence to accelerate their growth and launch them into global markets.

And we’re now looking for new opportunities in the healthcare and technology sectors.

Companies like those already in our portfolio with truly innovative products tackling multi-billion-dollar world problems, from needle-free vaccinations to next-generation learning technologies to virtual communications.

Game-changers, that deliver lasting gains.

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  • Grant Funding

Self-Employment Assistance

Self-Employment Assistance can help you turn your business idea or existing small business into a viable business. The program allows you to choose the level of support that meets your needs and the needs of your small business.

Self-Employment Assistance replaced the New Business Assistance with NEIS program in July 2022.

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  • Venture Capital


After decades of working in global financial services for 'the big end of town', the Marketlend team realised small and medium enterprises (SMEs) deserved the same funding opportunities that the corporates have. Today, Marketlend is delivering a best-in-class marketplace lending solution, connecting investors and SMEs in ways never done before. We are committed to creating a business world where obstacles to financial transparency, fairness, high returns and efficiency are vanquished.

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  • Research & Development
  • Venture Capital

Mainstream Sequence: CSIRO Innovation Fund

We work with inventors who are building something hard from their unique expertise in science. These inventors are building the industries that will thrive for the decades to come.

We have a unique working model in which we collaborate deeply with our portfolio to accelerate a company's pathway to scale. We invest early, and sometimes create from scratch, the companies we invest in.

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  • Research & Development

Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections

Innovation Connections is a service under the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs' Programme that provides you with advice and funding to get research projects underway in your business.


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  • Venture Capital


Powered by curiosity, the Indiegogo community has helped bring more than 800,000 innovative ideas to life since 2008. Today, our group of backers is more than 9 million strong, representing 235 countries and territories. Always on the lookout for new solutions to everyday problems, our community thrives on making clever discoveries before everyone else. From live campaigns to ready-to-ship tech, curious humans rely on Indiegogo to find the latest innovations in tech and design.

  • Venture Capital

Giant Leap

Giant Leap Fund is Australia’s first venture capital fund that is 100% dedicated to investing in impact start-ups - rapidly scalable businesses that blend financial returns with real and measurable social and environmental benefits.

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    • Venture Capital

    Estrala Capital and Advisory

    The Estrala Venture Capital Fund is an incorporated limited liability partnership, which is registered as an Early Stage Venture Capital Fund with Innovation Australia. Estrala VC Managing Partnership (VCMP) is the general partner of the Fund. Estrala Capital and Advisory Pty Ltd, as the trustee for the Estrala Unit Trust, is the general partner of the VCMP.

    • Research & Development

    Defence Cooperative Research Centres Program

    The Defence Corporative Research Program (CRC) Program links industry with researchers to deliver game-changing Defence capabilities. Find out how to participate in a Defence CRC.

    Defence CRCs aim to develop technologies that:

    • improve Australia’s defence and national security capability
    • address priorities under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

    Defence CRCs use program funding to partner with researchers and industry - particularly small to medium sized enterprises. Each Defence CRC develops project proposals based on its priorities. It then invites Defence CRC participants and other organisations to apply for each project.

    Your organisation may also apply to participate in a Defence CRC when it forms or any time after.

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    Indigenous Business Australia

    Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) can work with you to understand your business goals, develop your ideas and identify what type of support your business may need to remain successful. Our Business Support team can also link you to other networks and resources to get you information and support to help you hit your goals and provide access to an external business consultant to provide your business with the following types of specialised support.

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    • Venture Capital

    Brandon Capital Partners

    We love helping talented scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs develop their promising ideas into products that benefit patients.

    Our team is made up of professionals with PhD and MD backgrounds and we pride ourselves on understanding the science underpinning the next great idea. We are focussed on partnering with entrepreneurs and have a proven track record of establishing successful, long-term relationships with our management teams. We have a strong understanding of what it takes to maximise the chance of success for a life science opportunity and this expertise is directed toward supporting our portfolio companies along the path to commercialisation.

    From humble beginnings, we are proud to now be the largest life science healthcare fund in Australasia.

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    Business Innovation Program

    If you’re a Territory business, start-up or entrepreneur with an innovative idea, you can apply for the Business Innovation Program (BIP) 2.0.

    The program aims to:

    • support development and accelerate commercialisation of innovation in the Territory
    • diversify the Territory’s Innovation Ecosystem, through new knowledge transfer into the Territory
    • attract additional investment into innovation in the Territory.

    The program 2.0 offers:

    • mentoring from an innovation advisor
    • funding towards innovation development
    • investment and networking opportunities to support Territory businesses to successfully develop and commercialise innovation.

    The program is run in 3 stages:

    • stage 1: planning
    • stage 2: development
    • stage 3: commercialisation.

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    • Grant Funding

    Business Growth Program

    Helping Territory businesses to grow, develop and expand.

    The program helps businesses access professional services to improve their performance, sustainability and profitability. It also provides mentoring and coaching support.

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    • Research & Development

    Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem Fund

    The Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem (AME) Fund of $7.5 million seeks to build the advanced manufacturing ecosystem in the Northern Territory. The fund aims to grow advanced manufacturing capabilities and increase investment in and output of advanced manufacturing activity in the Northern Territory, and grow the number of advanced manufacturing jobs located in the Northern Territory.

    The AME fund will provide grants to industry led advanced manufacturing projects located in the Northern Territory across the Territory’s priority sectors where those projects:

    • Commercialise new products and processes, including transitioning a new product or process from prototype stage to full commercial operations
    • Support early stage, fast fail, grants to support small scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing

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    CSIRO funding and programs

    CSIRO programs connect Australian researchers, start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises with research, expertise and capabilities to develop new skills, products and services and accelerate growth.

    Program categories include:

    • Innovate to Grow
    • CSIRO Kick-start
    • Innovation Programs
    • STEM + Business.

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    • Grant Funding

    City of Darwin grants

    City of Darwin provides over $350,000 funding annually to the community through sponsorship and grants.

    Recipients of sponsorships and grants need to demonstrate a link to the City of Darwin’s vision for the city.

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      Aboriginal Business Development Program

      Assists Aboriginal people interested in starting or expanding their business in the Northern Territory.

      You can get help with:

      • business growth and sustainability
      • creating new enterprises
      • increasing the number of Aboriginal owned and operated businesses
      • increasing your knowledge and skills
      • creating new employment
      • developing new skills.

      You will get one-on-one support from a small business champion.

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