Funds to help startups reach new markets


Applications are now open for the Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program, run by Brisbane Marketing’s Digital Brisbane team.

The grants offer businesses up to $5000 towards accessing professional programs aimed to help them enter new markets and scale their business.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the program was part of the Digital Brisbane 2.0 strategy and reaffirmed Brisbane’s commitment to supporting startups and entrepreneurs, with a focus on growing existing businesses.

“Brisbane’s businesses have huge growth potential, and supporting these companies to enter new markets sets them up for greater success and contributes to Brisbane’s thriving knowledge economy,” Cr Quirk said.

“The program will open up new opportunities for businesses, such as tapping into new markets, reaching new customers and obtaining professional advice on expansion and scaling.

“We want to continue encouraging businesses and entrepreneurs that have new products that appeal to the global market, so that Brisbane remains competitive in emerging industries globally.”

Brisbane Marketing Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said Brisbane’s support for entrepreneurs had continued to grow, and was a great example of the city’s competitiveness and creativity within developing industries.

“Since 2012, more than 70 budding entrepreneurs have received critical funding to take their early-stage startups to the next level,” Ms Matson said.

“We are witnessing rapid growth of globally focused startups establishing or being attracted to Brisbane, so it is vitally important that we embrace and encourage these entrepreneurs to scale these businesses internationally.”

Applications for the Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program close on 12 February.

For more information and to apply, visit