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Posted 10 Jan 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Your guide to Canberra’s business network

Canberra is the place where big ideas emerge, grow and thrive thanks to its connections with leading thinkers in business, government, education and research.

We play a leading role in finding solutions to global challenges through our research centres like the CSIRO, young entrepreneurs, innovation hubs and pioneering start-ups.

These competitive advantages allow us to take our ideas and solutions to the rest of the nation and the world, permanently making our mark on the global market.

Whether you’re an innovative start-up or an established, successful company considering moving to the Nation’s Capital, we’ve got a range of programs, services and networking groups to connect you to Canberra’s business network.

Innovate Canberra

Delivering a range of programs including grant funding, skilled and business migration, investment and facilitation and trade and export programs, Innovate Canberra is the ACT Government’s flagship initiative designed to help businesses and new entrepreneurs to start, prosper and grow.

The Small Business Innovation Partnerships Program connects local government with innovative small and medium enterprises to co-design solutions and deliver better outcomes for the Canberra community.

Innovate Canberra also has a range of information packs and checklists to help individuals kick start their business ventures, including guides on how to set up your business, how to market your business, how to run your business and more importantly, how to grow your business.

CBR Innovation Network

As the name states, the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) supports and promotes innovation in Canberra.

Spearheaded by the ACT Government and six world class education and research institutions including ANU, UC, UNSW Canberra, NICTA, CIT and CSIRO, CBRIN provides a range of support services to entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups, students and established businesses throughout Canberra and the region.

CBRIN also hosts a range of innovative events and workshops to help you connect and learn from likeminded individuals.

Invest Canberra

Known as the ‘clever capital’, Canberra is the place to invest, with high labour-productivity, competitive business costs and one of the strongest and most secure economies in Australia.

Invest Canberra’s focus is on supporting investment and trade in industry sectors that are native to our city and in high demand around the world, including:

  • space, satellite and spatial sciences
  • defence and security investment
  • renewable energy
  • digital economy and e-government
  • health and sports science
  • innovation and higher education
  • tourism infrastructure.

Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber represents more than 5,000 businesses through direct membership and over 100,000 affiliated industry and association groups. Members are from every facet of industry and commerce across the region.

The Business Chamber provides networking opportunities and connects members to learn from one another, to form strategic alliances and to develop the economic future of the Canberra region.

The strong relationship with both the Federal and Local Government allows the Chamber to act as a facilitator, providing productive access and constructive input of members. perspectives to current and emerging policy issues.

ACT Exporters Network

The ACT Exporters Network provides a forum for exporters to network, share knowledge and expand their export activities. The aim of the Network is to provide private sector leadership of the Canberra regional export drive. ACT Exporters Network is a Canberra Business Chamber initiative, supported by the ACT Government.


Brought to you by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, business.gov.au is an online resource for the Australian business community.

It offers simple and convenient access to all of the government information, forms and services you need to help your business grow and innovate.

business.gov.au provides a range of free tools and resources such as grants and funding assistance useful to businesses.

The website focuses on all areas of planning, starting, running and existing your business and guides you to government websites to help you finding the business answers you’re looking for.

CollabIT Connect

CollabIT Connect is like LinkedIn for organisations in the ICT sector who conduct business in the ACT and surrounding region.

It’s an online portal which allows business to showcase who they are and what they do, providing a gateway to hundreds of new business contacts.


If you’re a start-up or entrepreneur Entry29 could be right up your alley.

Founded by handful of Canberra start-up enthusiasts, Entry29 provides office space at a fraction of the cost of other options.

It’s more than a co-working space, it’s a passionate and connected community of entrepreneurs, innovators and mentors ready to help you grow and flourish.

IP Australia

IP Australia falls within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, but don’t worry they’re not your typical government agency.

In fact, as the name suggests they oversee Australia’s intellectual property rights system including trademarks, patents, designs and plant breeder’s rights.


National ICT Australia, also known as NICTA to many, is Australia’s Information Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence and the country’s largest organisation dedicated to ICT research.

Since its beginnings NICTA has helped build a stronger Australian ICT sector through the commercialisation of its research through spin-out companies, licensing deals, joint ventures, consultancy and contract research.

NICTA has created 15 start-ups which have raised $100M in capital, generated $41.9M in revenue and employed around 130 people.

GRIFFIN Accelerator

Run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs, GRIFFIN Accelerator offers a three-month intensive program to teach and mentor selected start-ups and create successful, long-lasting businesses.


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