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Issue 2: April 2022

Welcome from the CSIRO SME team

New funding opportunities announced!

Investment Attraction Fund
Investment Attraction Fund $100m funding pool launched for WA-relevant industries such as METs mining and more. Expressions of interest are now open.

SME Recovery Loan Scheme
Still looking for support with pandemic recovery for your business? The SME Recovery Loan Scheme remains open until June 2022.

Net Zero Industry and Innovation Plan
NSW Government have provided $95 million in funding for business for clean technology innovations of the Net Zero Industry and Innovation plan.

Events and programs

Generation STEM Links
Applications are open now for our new industry work placement program. University/TAFE STEM students can gain real work experience with STEM based SMEs in NSW.

AI, Cyber, Modelling and Simulation for SME growth Symposium
Registrations are now open for SMEs to participate in this free conference in Sydney from the 2nd-3rd May. This two-day Symposium will bring together stakeholders in the AI, cyber, modelling and simulation space to help Australian SMEs to better understand how technologies and digital innovations could be used and can equip them to grow within a digitally enabled environment.

Clean pandemic pivot

Norris Industries

Innovation Connections Alumni Norris Industries pivoted from dishwashers to hand sanitisers to keep their hospitality business secure.

Pandemic pivot to online learning


With more people working from home than ever before, Innovation Connections Alumni, the AI based ‘HowToo’ online workplace learning business took off.

Pandemic pivot away from harsh chemicals

Wild Wash

With cleaning products in higher demand, CSIRO Kick-Start Alumni, Wash Wild saw a gap in the market to offer consumers something that was still effective, without the harsh chemicals.

Other successful stories

Opportunities for start-ups

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