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Boost Your Business: Food Innovation Voucher Stream

Apply now to receive a Food Innovation Voucher to enable innovation in the food sector.

Program Overview

The Food Innovation Voucher Stream is a new initiative of the Victorian Government that helps companies access the know-how needed to innovate, diversify, improve productivity and take new and innovative products to market.

The vouchers and associated Food Innovation Network will deliver on the Victorian Food and Fibre Sector strategy.

Round 4 of Boost Your Business closed Sunday 22 December 2019.

Subscribe to the Business Victoria Update enewsletter to be informed of any future rounds.

Boost Your Business Voucher Program Guidelines (PDF 779.38 KB)PDF icon

Registered Service Providers - Food Innovation (PDF 114.38 KB)PDF icon

Food Innovation Vouchers Round 4 application guide (PDF 82.39 KB)PDF icon

Boost Your Business FAQs

At a glance

Potential assistance

  • Up to $10,000 for early stage feasibility and testing
  • Up to $50,000 for process innovation, product development and research and development

Applicant businesses must be a small to medium enterprise with an operating presence in Victoria and be registered as members of the Food Innovation Network.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant business must:

  • be a registered business in Victoria with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a legal entity engaged in the food value chain* – or a genuine commercial connection to the food value chain - and a member of the Victorian Food Innovation Network.
  • meet industrial relations obligations in accordance with the National Employment Standards
  • operate in Victoria
  • employ 20 to 200 staff or have an annual turnover of $1.5 million, except for Innovation - Research & Development and Early Stage Feasibility & Testing services activities, which require at least 10 FTE or turnover greater than $500,000
  • co-contribute cash expenditure (or in-kind for early stage feasibility)
  • conduct majority of proposed activities in Victoria in partnership with an approved Registered Service Provider
  • participate in future program evaluation.

*For the purposes of this program, ‘food value chain’ includes agriculture (excluding forestry and fishing) and food and beverage manufacturing.

What you get

The Food Innovation Vouchers provide funding that can be used to access facilities, services, advice or expertise from approved service providers to help businesses innovate, diversify, improve productivity and take products to market. The funding cannot be used for business-as-usual activities.

Tips and Hints

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Extent to which the project, funded by the voucher, has the potential to benefit the company in the long term (e.g  job growth, access to new markets, improved productivity).
  • Extent to which the proposed project will deliver on and/or aligns with the Voucher Stream objectives. The main objectives of the Food Innovation Voucher Stream are:
    • foster industry engagement and collaboration between R&D providers and businesses;
    • increase commercialisation rates of research through development of innovative products, packaging and processes in growth oriented SMEs;
    • improve productivity levels by shifting the food sector’s focus and culture from reactive to proactive, and from survival to competitive and disruptive; and
    • reduce the barriers and challenges faced by businesses which are limiting the level of investment in disruptive innovation.
  • Demonstrated capacity or capability to successfully implement the project or project findings.
  • The need for Government support for the project to proceed.
  • Smaller businesses with at least 10 FTE or turnover greater than $500,000 are encouraged to apply for Research & Development and Early Stage Feasibility and Testing vouchers. This recognises there are smaller businesses in the ecosystem that require support particularly for R&D and early stage works that would otherwise be omitted under the general eligibility criteria.

The Victorian Government defines an Aboriginal business as:

  • at least 50% Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-owned
  • undertaking commercial activity
  • main business location is in Victoria.

The sector includes: for-profit businesses including land-based Aboriginal businesses, and Traditional Owner corporations; as well as social and community enterprises in metropolitan and regional areas (Source:Buying for Victoria).

Registered Service Providers

The Registered Service Providers are able to assist you to undertake a Voucher supported project and prepare  a scope of works to support your application.

Please note that the information provided in this list may be subject to change.

Registered Service Providers - Food Innovation (PDF 114.38 KB)PDF icon

How to apply

Applications closed on 22 December 2019.

Subscribe to the Business Victoria Update enewsletter to be informed of any future rounds.

To get the best results, get in touch with the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 or email us.

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