What is a Landing Pad?

The Government’s new Landing Pads provide Australian startups with a 90 day residency at a reputable coworking space, giving them the opportunity to learn from some of the best global startup enterprises, assisting them to accelerate the design and development of their business model.

Participants will receive tailored business development assistance from an Austrade Landing Pad Manager including identifying and facilitating access to customers, investors and strategic partners.

The Landing Pad Manager’s extensive in-market experience, combined with Austrade’s established business and investor networks, will assist the startups to scale up their business and expand into international markets.

Existing international collaboration

Australia has a successful record of partnering with overseas researchers and research clusters. The pilot project Connecting Australian-European Science and Innovation Excellence (CAESIE) awarded priming grants of up to AUD$7,000 to support contact between businesses and researchers that had identified a collaborative partnership. This delivered 58 new small-medium enterprise and researcher partnerships which have already yielded four patents and sought over $16 million in funding from $1.9 million European and Australian Government funding. 

The National Innovation and Science Agenda builds on this collaboration model by expanding business and research cluster opportunities with partner economies.