12 Week Program. Limited Spaces Available. Apply Online.

Kickstart your new venture with up to 10k in matched funding 🚀

Currently Taking Applications for Q1, 2023

How it works

We believe a great idea, should never be held back.

Our innovation grants allow new business owners with great ideas to tap into our network of professionals, skills and expertise to help them get to market, as quickly as possible. To sweeten the pot, we’ll cover up to 10k of professional fee’s to make sure that happens.

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The innovation grant is a private 12-week matched-funding grant developed and funded by Maker Street Studios to assist disruptive and defiant leaders craft, design and set strong foundations for their brands.

Our innovation grants have been designed to offset the cost of initial brand development for founders with changemaker mindsets and innovative, groundbreaking ideas who can demonstrate a scalable and sound business model.

The matched-funding grant will cover up to half of the costs associated with brand development services provided by Maker Street Studios. The grant will equip new startups with the tools they need to launch a strong brand to the market, including brand positioning and strategy, early brand manifestations and brand identity design and language systems. Successful participants will also gain untapped access to resources and workbooks that can be applied to their business in their own time.

Participants who undertake the program may also take advantage of an opportunity to secure and lock in additional support and studio capabilities at heavily discounted rates should the participant wish to engage Maker Street Studios beyond the grant.

Outcomes of the grant

Brands who undertake this program will gain a far better understanding of their business and how brand integrates and affects growth. They will be armed and prepared with the tools they need to successfully implement their brand at all consumer touch-points. They will be equiped with more clarity on where they hold difference and distinction within their market and find it easier to define and articulate the unique value they bring to their audience.

  1. Understanding of unique Product-Market Fit
  2. Brand Insights and Alignment
  3. Brand Strategy and Manifestations
  4. Visual and Verbal Brand Identity Design
  5. Design System and Brand Guidelines
  6. Access to heavily discounted studio services.

Eligibility Criteria.

  1. Must be GST registered with an Australian Business Number.
  2. Must not be a subsidiary of any group of companies with more than 50 full time employee’s.
  3. Must be a startup, or small business with an annual turnover below $1,000,000.
  4. Make a cash contribution to the project that is at least equal to the amount of funding sought.
  5. Must have a sound and scalable business idea and plan in place.
  6. Must have a clearly defined plan for growth outlined.

This grant is competitively assessed.
This grant is only open to a maximum of 5 successful applicants per quarter.

Application Criteria

Applicants are required to complete an online application detailing information and evidence of a sustainable business idea as well as supporting documentation required to satisfy the eligibility criteria. Maker Street will review your application and determine whether your application will continue through to the next round.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to prepare and pitch your business idea to Maker Street in 10 to 15 minutes via video conference for further assessment.

If successful an engagement offer will be drafted with the terms and conditions of the grant for your consideration. This offer will remain valid for 7 business days.

Applications close December 15th at 5pm. (AEST)

Approved applicants will be notified by December 21st.

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Creative solutions, amazing support and solid work is what you will get from the team. I cannot vouch for them enough as they worked tirelessly to deliver my project. They have given me so much value and insight into my brand that I knew was there but needed help to reveal. Highly rate Maker Street.

Keith WheelerLandar

Maker Street’s varied skill set and high standards have helped us drastically uplift both the users experience of our product and perceptions of our brand within the aged care sector. We’ve found the team to be invaluable when it comes to our business. Maker Street are the right arm that we never knew we needed.

Simon HeaysmanCo-Founder, Hayylo

My partner and I walked into Maker Street at the very early stages of our business. Leaning on the experience of Maker Street's team allowed us to refine our approach before launch. So, whether you're looking for alignment for an early idea, or re-alignment for an existing business, these guys will 100% be able to assist.

Tim WeighOthr Half

We quickly established a bond with the Maker Street team. The whole experience has been thoughtful and attentive. The very best collaborators, ideators and creators were able to distill the essence of our vision and delivered a brand with purpose and impact.

Frazer TaylorMosafe

Maker Street helped us rediscover and define our value proposition brilliantly. They were able to craft the words and look and feel that made it easier for our prospects to understand who we are and what we do in a more interesting way. They positioned us as innovative and exciting. We even believe it more ourselves.

Mark HeaysmanLongitude6