Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program in Australia
nbn has announced the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program to support regional and remote businesses.
Through this grant program, they aim to encourage those businesses from regional or remote areas with their technology-led ideas, with the aim of facilitating and supporting further growth.
nbn developed the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program, in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI). Now in its second year, the program will again recognise and showcase regional and remote businesses, who are:
Innovators or entrepreneurs inspiring others in their community
Champions of digital adoption
Continuing to facilitate the digital capabilities and benefits of the nbn™ network
Advocates of supporting regional businesses
This year the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program offers seven specific categories and an overall Champion award.
Each grant category aims to recognise and celebrate regional businesses who are overcoming challenges with innovation, connectivity and networking within their communities.
Women in Regional Business: The Connecting Australia research shows a rise in Australian women bringing their ideas to the fore and starting their own businesses – and they want to help these savvy professionals to turn their dreams into reality.
Health: Research shows a long-term disparity in health outcomes between city and regional areas.
Arts: They are looking for businesses run by artists and unique characters who continue to drive exciting content that has a positive impact on their local areas.
Education: They are looking for progressive businesses who are providing flexible online learning options that are helping to redefine and futureproof regional and remote education.
Agriculture: You may be an agribusiness with a technology focus, exploring new technologies and solutions for supply chains, livestock management, shared data analysis or bio-security, or you may have built an app to help connect local farms with the rest of world.
Tourism: They are looking for established regional tourism specialists who embrace digital innovation to either help optimise their unique offering, or actively promote your region’s key attractions.
Indigenous business: As an Indigenous business owner, you embrace innovation and have bold ideas on how to create solutions and find new ways to operate; all within the digital landscape.
The program will award one grant of $10,000 to an organisation or business project aligned with each of the categories.
Applications are only open to one category. Additionally, one regional/remote business will be recognised and awarded with the ‘Innovate with nbn™ Champion award’ worth $25,000.
All businesses applying will need an Australian Business Number (ABN) to qualify.
5 x $10,000: Covering each of the segments:
$10,000: Innovate with nbn™ Regional Women in Business Grant
$10,000: Innovate with nbn™ Indigenous Business Grant
$25,000: Innovate with nbn™ Champion Award
nbn is looking for digital businesses in regional and remote Australia who live and breathe technology and are:
Harnessing the benefits of the nbn™ network to enable regional Australians to live, learn and work in a digital society
Innovative digital businesses challenging the traditional markets in regional Australia
Businesses who are lifting digital participation and stimulating regional economies
Champions of digital adoption for regional and remote communities
For more information, visit https://www.nbnco.com.au/campaigns/innovate-with-nbn-grants-program