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May 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of SME Connections, your monthly snapshot of programs and opportunities designed to support and empower SMEs.

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The Kick-Start program provides eligible SMES the opportunity to collaborate with CSIRO's leading researchers. This program provides matched-funding and support to help turn your innovative ideas into reality.

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Innovate to Grow: Clean Energy

Limited spots are available for the free 10-week self-paced learning program. It is open to SMEs working on innovative technologies or solutions in the clean energy sector. Applications close on 23 June 2024.

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Can you transform plastic pollution into a socio-economic opportunity?

We're supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs tackle marine plastic in Southeast Asia with the Indo-Pacific Plastics Innovation Network (IPPIN) Accelerator+ Program. The free three-month program provides personalised support and access to a collective pool of AUD$100,000 in funding.

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Ecosystem events and opportunities

Stone and Chalk Ecosystem Drinks: DeepTech

We're joining forces with the Stone & Chalk team to host an Ecosystem Drinks (and networking) event. Come and meet our researchers and program facilitators for a night of deeptech!

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Trailblazer Recycling & clean energy (TRaCE)

Boost your green projects with research & development (R&D) vouchers

Are you tackling a tough recycling or clean energy project and need expert help? With an R&D Voucher and support from TRaCE’s network, you'll fast-track your solution to market, maximize your innovation budget, and join our partners in advancing Australia's clean energy transition and local manufacturing.

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