Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund

Lotterywest IdeaStarter supports early-stage innovative ideas that are being developed through existing innovation incubation and acceleration programs or services as part of Spacecubed’s Innovative Society Fund, supported by Lotterywest.
Funding Round #4 is now open! Applications close Thursday 23rd February.

Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund

Lotterywest IdeaStarter supports early-stage innovative ideas that are being developed through existing innovation incubation and acceleration programs or services as part of Spacecubed’s Innovative Society Fund, supported by Lotterywest.

Lotterywest IdeaStarter supports early-stage innovative ideas by providing grants for eligible expenditure needed to test an individual idea, validate that it has an opportunity and progress it towards further investment or support. Not-for-profit organisations delivering existing innovation incubation and acceleration programs or services can apply for this funding as a way to support the early-stage, innovative ideas that are being worked on as part of the applicants program.

These early stage small grants of up to $15,000 for each idea will enable more Western Australians to be equipped with ‘mind-sets, skill-sets’ and tool-sets’ to develop innovative solutions and opportunities, accelerate the number of people inspired to innovate within the State, and support ideas to be developed that can positively contribute to Western Australia being a smart, innovative society.

Funding for program participants can be used for direct expenses including, but not limited to:

  • Website development to reach potential customers and understand needs or demand
  • Marketing to test, prove or validate the idea
  • Prototypes or sourcing materials for prototype development
  • Research and development activities

Funding Rounds for Lotterywest IdeaStarter run approximately 3 monthly. Applications will be open in Feb/March, May/June, Aug/Sept, Nov/Dec in 2023.

For more information about the program, check out the other tabs for Fund Guidelines, FAQs and how to apply.

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The Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund Guidelines set out who can apply to the Fund, eligible funding uses, assessment criteria and other important information for those applying to the Fund. You should read the Guidelines in full before applying to the Fund.

Please enter your details below and you’ll be redirected to the Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund Guidelines.

All applicants should discuss their application and questions with Spacecubed before applying.

These FAQs briefly address likely key questions. More detailed information is provided in the Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund Guidelines.

Applicants should discuss their application or questions with Spacecubed before applying.

We are not-for-profit, can we apply for Lotterywest IdeaStarter?

Lotterywest IdeaStarter is open to Western Australian incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee, co-operatives, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations, or registered community services, governed and operated by a Western Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community. 

Lotterywest IdeaStarter is open to Western Australian incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee, co-operatives, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations, or registered community services, governed and operated by a Western Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community. 

Can we re-apply?

You can re-apply to Lotterywest IdeaStarter for further funding for a new intake or cohort of your incubation or acceleration program or services, if you have acquitted your prior grant or confirm when you re-apply that you have complied with the Grant Conditions for your prior grant. If you have been unsuccessful in applying before, you can re-apply if you have addressed feedback on your unsuccessful application.

You can re-apply to Lotterywest IdeaStarter for further funding for a new intake or cohort of your incubation or acceleration program or services, if you have acquitted your prior grant or confirm when you re-apply that you have complied with the Grant Conditions for your prior grant. If you have been unsuccessful in applying before, you can re-apply if you have addressed feedback on your unsuccessful application.

How do we acquit our Lotterywest IdeaStarter grant?

An acquittal form will be provided to you at the time you are advised you have been successful in your application. This form requires you to demonstrate how you have used the funds in the way you applied for, including an expenditure report, and detail your outcomes and learnings.

An acquittal form will be provided to you at the time you are advised you have been successful in your application. This form requires you to demonstrate how you have used the funds in the way you applied for, including an expenditure report, and detail your outcomes and learnings.

What are “innovation incubation or acceleration programs or services”?

These are focussed and co-ordinated activities that teach innovation and entrepreneurship skills and knowledge, including elements such as opportunity identification and evaluation, ideation or concept generation, and development of the different elements of an innovative idea, whether in a cohort-based program or another dedicated process in which an idea is developed in this way.

These are focussed and co-ordinated activities that teach innovation and entrepreneurship skills and knowledge, including elements such as opportunity identification and evaluation, ideation or concept generation, and development of the different elements of an innovative idea, whether in a cohort-based program or another dedicated process in which an idea is developed in this way.

We don’t currently run an incubator or accelerator, but would like to, can we apply?

Lotterywest IdeaStarter is for existing (and currently running) incubators or accelerators, but if you wish to start one (or re-start one that has been run previously), you can apply to Catalyst.

Lotterywest IdeaStarter is for existing (and currently running) incubators or accelerators, but if you wish to start one (or re-start one that has been run previously), you can apply to Catalyst.

Who are “related parties”?

A “related party” is a person, entity or organisation that has any type of family relationship with a participant or organisation, or has inter-related ownership or control with them, such as common owners or shareholders, or common directors who are able to control both of the entities.

A “related party” is a person, entity or organisation that has any type of family relationship with a participant or organisation, or has inter-related ownership or control with them, such as common owners or shareholders, or common directors who are able to control both of the entities.

We would like to promote that our incubator or accelerator has funding, can we do this?

Yes, you can promote that you have received funding from Lotterywest IdeaStarter. However, it will be important to apply with sufficient time to allow for the consideration and assessment of your application and the funding administration process, before you start your promotion.

Yes, you can promote that you have received funding from Lotterywest IdeaStarter. However, it will be important to apply with sufficient time to allow for the consideration and assessment of your application and the funding administration process, before you start your promotion.

How to Apply for the Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund

To get started on your Lotterywest IdeaStarter application, review the applicant journey below and follow the process to give your application the best chance of success. Once you have completed the below steps, our Fund & Governance Manager will be in touch to advise all applicants of the assessment outcome and next steps! If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact us to discuss further.

1: Attend an Information Session (Optional)

See available and upcoming information sessions here to learn about the initiative, explore eligibility, understand the process and clarify any questions you may have about the application process.

2: Book a Discovery Session (Mandatory)

Book and attend a Discovery Session with our Product & Pipeline Lead so we can understand your initiative and allow us to provide support in developing your application. Enquire about booking your session directly here.

3: Submit a Draft Application (Mandatory)

Following the Discovery Session, all applicants will submit a draft application and receive feedback from our Fund & Governance Manager.The submission process and application form will be shared during the Discovery Session.

4: Submit a Final Application (Mandatory)

Applicant will submit a final application that will be reviewed by an External Assessment Panel.

Lotterywest IdeaStarter supports early-stage innovative ideas by providing grants for eligible expenditure needed to test an individual idea, validate that it has an opportunity and progress it towards further investment or support. Not-for-profit organisations delivering existing innovation incubation and acceleration programs or services can apply for this funding as a way to support the early-stage, innovative ideas that are being worked on as part of the applicants program.

These early stage small grants of up to $15,000 for each idea will enable more Western Australians to be equipped with ‘mind-sets, skill-sets’ and tool-sets’ to develop innovative solutions and opportunities, accelerate the number of people inspired to innovate within the State, and support ideas to be developed that can positively contribute to Western Australia being a smart, innovative society.

Funding for program participants can be used for direct expenses including, but not limited to:

  • Website development to reach potential customers and understand needs or demand
  • Marketing to test, prove or validate the idea
  • Prototypes or sourcing materials for prototype development
  • Research and development activities

Funding Rounds for Lotterywest IdeaStarter run approximately 3 monthly. Applications will be open in Feb/March, May/June, Aug/Sept, Nov/Dec in 2023.

For more information about the program, check out the other tabs for Fund Guidelines, FAQs and how to apply.

Other Innovative Society Initiatives...

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Next

The Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund Guidelines set out who can apply to the Fund, eligible funding uses, assessment criteria and other important information for those applying to the Fund. You should read the Guidelines in full before applying to the Fund.

Please enter your details below and you’ll be redirected to the Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund Guidelines.

All applicants should discuss their application and questions with Spacecubed before applying.

How to Apply for the Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund

To get started on your Lotterywest IdeaStarter application, review the applicant journey below and follow the process to give your application the best chance of success. Once you have completed the below steps, our Fund & Governance Manager will be in touch to advise all applicants of the assessment outcome and next steps! If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact us to discuss further.

1: Attend an Information Session (Optional)

See available and upcoming information sessions here to learn about the initiative, explore eligibility, understand the process and clarify any questions you may have about the application process.

2: Book a Discovery Session (Mandatory)

Book and attend a Discovery Session with our Product & Pipeline Lead so we can understand your initiative and allow us to provide support in developing your application. Enquire about booking your session directly here.

3: Submit a Draft Application (Mandatory)

Following the Discovery Session, all applicants will submit a draft application and receive feedback from our Fund & Governance Manager.The submission process and application form will be shared during the Discovery Session.

4: Submit a Final Application (Mandatory)

Applicant will submit a final application that will be reviewed by an External Assessment Panel.

Date
Recipient
INITIATIVE Details
Amount
07/10/2022
Impact Seed

3 early-stage innovative ideas in the Innovate 2 Impact (I2I incubator program will be selected to receive $15,000 based on:

  • Them having an identifiable and articulated social and/or environmental and/or cultural impact, with a preference towards breaking cycles of disadvantage.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the process of developing their idea, and currently be in their ideation or validation stage.
$49,500
25/08/2022
Bloom (St Catherine's College Centre for Youth Innovation)
9 early-stage innovative ideas will be funded across the second semester of three programs, “Launchpad”, “Shine” and “Orbit” programs at Bloom. $10,000 each to three ideas with existing momentum and $5,000 to six ‘early stage’ ideas.
$69,000
25/08/2022
Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI)
3 early-stage innovative ideas are selected and allocated funding in July’s cohort of the “Concept To Creation” program ($34,500) with $15,000 to the top idea, $10,000 to the second, and $5,000 to the third. 20 early-stage innovative ideas will be funded in the September intake of the “Concept To Creation” program ($44,275) with a micro-grant of $500. Then, as above, the top 3 ideas will be further funded.
$78,775
25/08/2022
IPS Foundation
6 early-stage innovative ideas will be selected and funded on a tiered approach in the new CREATE program for First Nations ‘regenerative economy’ entrepreneurs and businesses. 2 ideas allocated $10,000, 2 allocated $5,000 and 2 allocated $2,000.
$39,000

These FAQs briefly address likely key questions. More detailed information is provided in the Lotterywest IdeaStarter Fund Guidelines.

Applicants should discuss their application or questions with Spacecubed before applying.

We are not-for-profit, can we apply for Lotterywest IdeaStarter?

Lotterywest IdeaStarter is open to Western Australian incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee, co-operatives, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations, or registered community services, governed and operated by a Western Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community. 

Can we re-apply?

You can re-apply to Lotterywest IdeaStarter for further funding for a new intake or cohort of your incubation or acceleration program or services, if you have acquitted your prior grant or confirm when you re-apply that you have complied with the Grant Conditions for your prior grant. If you have been unsuccessful in applying before, you can re-apply if you have addressed feedback on your unsuccessful application.

How do we acquit our Lotterywest IdeaStarter grant?

An acquittal form will be provided to you at the time you are advised you have been successful in your application. This form requires you to demonstrate how you have used the funds in the way you applied for, including an expenditure report, and detail your outcomes and learnings.

What are “innovation incubation or acceleration programs or services”?

These are focussed and co-ordinated activities that teach innovation and entrepreneurship skills and knowledge, including elements such as opportunity identification and evaluation, ideation or concept generation, and development of the different elements of an innovative idea, whether in a cohort-based program or another dedicated process in which an idea is developed in this way.

We don’t currently run an incubator or accelerator, but would like to, can we apply?

Lotterywest IdeaStarter is for existing (and currently running) incubators or accelerators, but if you wish to start one (or re-start one that has been run previously), you can apply to Catalyst.

Who are “related parties”?

A “related party” is a person, entity or organisation that has any type of family relationship with a participant or organisation, or has inter-related ownership or control with them, such as common owners or shareholders, or common directors who are able to control both of the entities.

We would like to promote that our incubator or accelerator has funding, can we do this?

Yes, you can promote that you have received funding from Lotterywest IdeaStarter. However, it will be important to apply with sufficient time to allow for the consideration and assessment of your application and the funding administration process, before you start your promotion.