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Young Starters' Fund

Designed to build, attract and retain young entrepreneurial talent, the program funds eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and startup skills in young Queenslanders.

What's important

  • Applications are now closed.
  • Processing of applications will be delayed while the Queensland Government is in caretaker mode.
  • Funding up to 70% of your total eligible activity costs, to a maximum of $20,000.
  • Eligibility criteria apply.
  • Additional application requirements apply.

There are 2 components to this program:

  • The Young Starters' Fund provides funding up to 70% of your total eligible activity costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 (ex GST) per activity to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and technology startup skills in young Queenslanders, aged 15–24.
  • The Young Starters' Competition helps young entrepreneurs build business skills and develop their startup ideas to get them investor-ready, the chance to pitch their ideas at a state level and to win prizes, including a place in an accelerator program.


To be eligible for the Young Starters' Fund, your activity must:

  • be conducted on a not-for-profit basis and demonstrate broad benefit for the Queensland startup community
  • align with the Advance Queensland principles
  • cover one or more of the following:
    • improve capability and capacity
    • access to capital
    • collaboration, building networks and connectivity
    • access to markets
    • leadership
    • skills development
    • culture and promoting success.

Collaboration with other organisations will be favourably considered.

Funding recipients

Funding recipients for rounds 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been announced.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

Processing of applications may be delayed due to the recent Queensland Government election.

For more information about the Young Starters’ Fund please refer to the:

About the Young Starters' Fund

The Advance Queensland Young Starters' Fund is designed to:

  • promote entrepreneurship as an alternative employment pathway
  • to grow numbers of young entrepreneurial talent in Queensland
  • provide opportunities for Queensland's young entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to the world through the Young Starters' competition
  • help turn the ideas of young entrepreneurs into a business with high-growth potential.
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Last updated
27 October, 2017

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