theSPACE Innovation and Start-up Hub

 is the region's innovation and start-up hub. This non-profit agency delivers a range of programs that foster innovation and help passionate entrepreneurs and innovators bring their business ideas to life.

Advance Queensland

Advance Queensland
 is a comprehensive suite of programs designed to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future, drive productivity improvements and build on our natural advantages. It aims to help position Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture.

The National Innovation and Science Agenda

Innovation is important to every sector of the economy – from ICT to healthcare, education to agriculture, and defence to transport. Innovation keeps us competitive. It keeps us at the cutting edge. It creates jobs. And it will keep our standard of living high. The National Innovation and Science Agenda  will drive smart ideas that create business growth, local jobs and global success. 

Entrepreneurs' Programme

Part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Entrepreneurs' Programme supports business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level.

Small Business Support

The Australian Government's online business portal offers advice on grants and assistance, programs to help businesses innovate, grow and succeed, business establishment and compliance, skills and training and a range of useful templates.

The Queensland Government's Business and Industry Portal features useful interactive tools,  information and support to make doing business with government faster and easier,  saving you time and money.

In addition, the ABC New Inventors have compiled the following list of links that might be helpful to you...

AIC : The Australian Institute for Commercialisation
AIC is a leading service business helping innovators achieve commercial success. Around Australia, the AIC helps business, research businesss and governments convert their ideas into successful outcomes..

Govt agency for delivering products, services and info that support industry, research and innovations.

Australian Innovation Business
Each year the Australian Innovation Festival is held. The annual Festival promotes and showcases innovation and entrepreneurship across Australia. For further information go to:

The Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC)
A leading service business helping innovators achieve commercial success by working with research businesss, government, business and entrepreneurs to convert their ideas into successful outcomes.

The online Innovation Advisory Service helping innovators develop their bright ideas.

The Australian government trade commission for Australian exporters and information for companies wanting to do business with Australia.

Australian Technology Showcase
A promotional and networking government program targeted at small and medium sized Australian business enterprises selling innovative, cutting edge technologies. It operates in NSW, VIC, QLD and WA.

CSIRO is Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Business.

Got an amazing idea you want to turn into a business? Then go to Catapult to read about young people making their ideas happen and find out how you can get started.

Designex - Australia's International commercial & residential design exhibition.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council
The premier trade portal for doing business with Hong Kong, Mainland China and the world.

Industry Development Centre (Hunter) Ltd (IDC)
A not for profit business specialising in innovation services assisting Australia’s inventors and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

A not for profit business that provides a range of practical services to help inventors Australia-wide including grant matching and other low cost services. Also runs the annual Next Big Thing Award. Finalists exhibited at the Melbourne Museum, cash & prizes. 

Inventors Association of Australia (Queensland)
Inventors Associations of Australia are incorporated entities driven by volunteers, inventors willing to help new inventors within their capabilities. The inventors association have programs available for the development and commercialisation of new inventions.

Australian Inventors Society
A not for profit association of experienced inventors who want to help new inventors succeed.

IP Australia
For information about granting rights in patents, trade marks and designs visit

The Australian National Science and Technology Centre

Tasmanian Innovation Program
The Innovation, Science and Technology unit helps Tasmania's business innovators, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs develop and commercialise their intellectual property, products, processes and services.

The Crest Awards
Are you a school student with a great Science and Technology project? Visit The Crest Awards:

The Banksia Environmental Foundation
Find out more about moving towards a sustainable future with the Banksia Environmental Foundation. For more information, visit:

The Design Awards
Everything from the perfect mousetrap to a life saving artificial heart, the Australian Design Awards has seen it all! For more information, visit:

The Independent Living Centre

The Inventors' Association of Australia (SA) Inc.
If you are an inventor with ideas but need guidance in a friendly non-binding atmosphere, this Association can help.

The National Innovation Website
To find out more about innovation and entrepreneurship visit The National Innovation Website:

The Australian National Field Days