The Program

An initiative of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange, and delivered by SecondMuse, Frontier Innovators is a search for innovative businesses in the Asia-Pacific that are delivering impact through their work that supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

To find great examples of these businesses we have run an open call for applications, which is now closed. Winning businesses will receive grant funding and tailored support, along with access to advisors, potential partners and investors.

All eligible applications will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers with varied backgrounds and relevant experience. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to join a video-conference interview with a number of reviewers. Up to 15 businesses will be selected to take part in the Frontier Innovators program.  

Winning businesses will receive up to $100,000 AUD in grant funding. These businesses will also receive 6 months of support, which will be tailored to meet their needs, and delivered by experts in the relevant fields.

Information around local funding opportunities and growth pathways will also be documented and made available to every business that applies to Frontier Innovators.

We want this program to support a diverse group of businesses who are doing great work across the region, so each business’s gender balance, location and connection to community will all be considered.

Watch the Frontier Innovators video.

ELIGIBILE COUNTRIES

AF
Afghanistan
BD
Bangladesh
BT
Bhutan
KH
Cambodia
CK
Cook Islands
FJ
Fiji
ID
Indonesia
KI
Kiribati
LA
Laos
MV
Maldives
MH
Marshall Islands
FM
Micronesia
MN
Mongolia
MM
Myanmar
NR
Nauru
NP
Nepal
NU
Niue
PK
Pakistan
PW
Palau
PG
Papua New Guinea
PH
Philippines
WS
Samoa
SB
Solomon Islands
LK
Sri Lanka
TH
Thailand
TL
Timor-Leste
TK
Tokelau
TO
Tonga
TV
Tuvalu
VU
Vanuatu
VN
Vietnam

What winners will get

  • Flower with coins flying in
    Up to $100,000 AUD of funding
  • Flower with rain
    6 months of tailored support
  • Many flowers
    Access to partners, advisors and investors

In addition, tailored support and unique opportunities will be offered to promising finalists from every eligible country.