The last rush of corrections and adjustments are being made by Queensland businesses owners who are finishing their applications before Round 4 Ignite Ideas Fund Applications close at 2pm, Wednesday May 9th.

The Ignite Ideas Fund is an initiative of Advance Queensland that supports startups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise market ready innovative ideas that will help them grow and compete in a global market and create new jobs.

Two tiers of funding is up for grabs with Tier one – up to $100,000 (excluding GST) per project and Tier two – up to $250,000 (excluding GST).

These grants provide businesses with market with support to deliver activities that will test and implement commercialisation plans for a product, process or service that is market-ready; or in a local market and ready to scale into new markets; or has the potential to significantly disrupt or ‘step-change’ key industries in Queensland.

The Ignite Ideas fund aims to support startups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise market ready innovative ideas that:

  • Generate jobs today and in the future
  • Enhance innovation and skilled job opportunities across Regional Queensland
  • Help Queensland businesses compete in global markets
  • Grow Queensland’s reputation

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub team has been hosting Drop In sessions each week to support local entrepreneurs by reviewing their applications and providing feedback to ensure maximum success with the last one being held Tuesday 8th 11 am – 12pm (

Sharon Hunneybell, the CEO of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub, having an extensive history in applying for grants and wealth of knowledge based on experience, has been personally reviewing applications and answering founders’ questions. It has been an incredible pleasure seeing all these business owners being a part of GC Hub community and we wish them all best of luck!


For anyone still adding finishing touches to your application over the weekend you can pick up some great tips from webinar series:  What’s New in Round 4 ( and on the Attracting investment and winning customers webinar series that has been designed to assist innovators, entrepreneurs, and organisations across the state to attract investment from public and private funds and win over major customers.

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