Russell Nesbit of Docklands opened the forum, and spoke about the vision and progress of Docklands.
Marcus Webb– R&D Tax Concession & Commercial ReadyR&D Tax Concession is a broad-based, market driven tax concession which allows companies to deduct up to 125% of qualifying expenditure incurred on R&D activities when lodging their corporate tax return. Commercial Ready is a competitive merit-based grant program supporting innovation and its commercialisation. It aims to stimulate greater innovation and productivity growth in the private sector
Zvi Brooks– COMET – The Australian Government introduced the COMET program in November 1999 to aid the commercialisation of innovative products, processes and services. COMET is a competitive, merit based program that supports early-growth stage and spin off companies to successfully commercialise their innovations.
Ivan Kaye– EMDG The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is the Australian Government’s principal financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. To access the scheme for the first time, businesses need to have spent $15,000 over two years on eligible export marketing expenses. The scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.
Mat McDonald– BSI Investor Forums and Capital RaisesBSI raise capital for technology and non- technology companies using their highly skilled Investor Forums and Victorian government initiatives. The Regional Business Investment Ready Program is a regionally focused Investor Forum Series which aims to assist regional Victorian companies access external funding that will stimulate growth, job creation and economic activity, particularly in regional areas. The Do’s and Don’ts of Capital Raising will also be discussed
Robert Crompton– Mentre ProgramThe Mentre® program, supported by the Victorian Government’s VicStart initiative, offers business mentoring/coaching support and programs for SMEs as well as larger businesses. A key feature of the Mentre® programs is personalised, one-on-one mentoring/coaching provided by members of the Mentre® network.