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Advance Queensland – Business Development Fund (BDF)
Program ID: 13254
This program aims to help to turn ideas into reality with co-investment in Queensland businesses at the forefront of commercialising ground-breaking research or innovations. It forms part of the Advance Queensland program which will facilitate growth of Queensland’s knowledge-based economy, creating jobs and industries of the future.

Funding between $125,000 and $2.5 million are available in the form of a direct investment in the business and not a payment to the co-investor, a grant or a loan. This investment will not however, exceed the amount provided by the private sector and may differ from the level of funding sought from the business. Both the co-investor and the Fund will become shareholders in the business. The Fund will hold this investment until the Fund’s shares are bought out through a merger, acquisition or initial public offering.

The application process involves five steps:
- Online application
- Shortlisting
- Investment pitch
- Evaluation
- Offer

As announced in the 2015-16 Queensland State Budget, a total funding pool of $40 million will be available for this program over four years.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include businesses that must:
- Be commercialising research, an innovative idea or an innovative product or service.
- Require seed, early stage or follow-on investment.
- Create opportunities for new, high value and skilled employment.
- Have a realistic prospect of becoming commercially successful.
- Be or become a proprietary or public company prior to any investment.
- Be an Australian registered company, or an Australian registered subsidiary of a foreign registered company, prior to any investment.

Private sector co-investors can be:
- Individual investors
- Angel investors
- Investment businesses, including venture capital funds
- Syndicate of investors

A co-investor must demonstrate a number of attributes, including:
- Demonstrated commitment to, and track record in, making investments in seed and early stage businesses.
- Experience in providing support, management and mentorship to seed an early stage businesses.
- A strong and established reputation.
- Ability to manage fund reporting.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include whether:
- The business have the majority of assets and employees located in Queensland.
- A private sector co-investor’s investment in a business match the investment sought from the Fund.
- The business is not principally engaged in property development, land ownership, finance, or construction as their predominant activity, or have an intention to be engaged as such.
- The business is not an investment fund.
Applies to
GuidelinesJune 2017
FAQsJune 2017
Application FormJune 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Open
Closing Information
This program is open on an ongoing basis.
Funding Type Investment
Minimum Funding $125,000
Maximum Funding $2.5M
Total Funding Pool $40.0M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location Queensland
General - Non-Industry Specific
Innovation and R&D
Start-up / Establishment
Difficulty Rating
Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI)
Program Administrator
Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI)
Telephone 137 468
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