Startup Business Grants: Funding Businesses in Australia

Airwallex is an Aussie unicorn helping startups achieve rapid growth with our Airwallex for Startups program. A key part of our program is offering our Business Acceleration Grants.

Our latest grant round has closed. Keep your eyes on this page for details of future Business Acceleration Grant rounds.

Image: Maria Baker, winner of our Business Acceleration Grant of April 2024.

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How Does the Airwallex Grant for Startups Work?

The Airwallex Grant for Startups, also known as the Business Acceleration Grant, is a $10k grant offered to a founder to help with their company’s growth. Founders can choose to spend the grant in whatever way they feel will benefit their startup’s growth trajectory the most.
All founders need to do to be in the running for the start up grant is apply for the Airwallex for Startups program, a unique initiative that also offers other exclusive member benefits including; educational resources and industry-first resources, community events and gatherings, offers from Airwallex and our incredible range of ecosystem partners and more.
Please note that the current grant round is closed, but Airwallex for Startups program participants can still access other member benefits.

Why Should Businesses Apply for the Funding?

Businesses should apply for the Business Acceleration Grant to unlock the next stage of their growth goals. This could go towards creating prototype or beta products, launching marketing programs or helping establish operations overseas. We’re sure you could think of a million ways to spend $10k on your business, but just in case you needed any more inspiration, check out our ten ideas to utilise $10k.
The previous winners of our grant have invested the money in a range of ways. Maria Baker of Nobody’s Princess used her grant to help with trademarks and business name registrations in the U.S. and Canada. While the founders of Gether intend to use their grant to establish a new marketing project with their key customers.
Please note, eligibility requirements apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enter the Airwallex for Startups program?

Any Australian startup founder or employee, aged 18 years or over with a registered Australian Business Number (ABN) who works for or in a startup that employs fewer than 100 employees.

How can I enter to win the $10k Business Acceleration Grant?

Please note, the current grant round has closed. Check back on this page for more grant opportunities, or join the Airwallex for Startups program to be the first to know about new grant rounds.

When do entries close for the Business Acceleration Grant?

Entries for the current grant round closed at 5PM, 30 June AEST. Check back on this page for more grant opportunities, or join the Airwallex for Startups program to be the first to know about new grant rounds.

How will winners of the $10k Business Acceleration Grant be selected?

This competition is a game of skill. A game of skill is a competition which requires an entrant to apply a level of thought and skill to their entry, and where the winner/s are determined based on qualitative methods rather than chance. In this case, winners will be determined by the entrant completing the application form and answering the question: “How could a $10k grant help you tackle your biggest growth challenge?” Entries will be judged by Airwallex based on the creativity of the response. Refer to the competition terms and conditions for more detail.

How can Airwallex help my startup?

Airwallex is a leading global financial platform for modern businesses, offering trusted solutions to manage everything from payments, treasury, and spend management to embedded finance.

With our proprietary infrastructure, Airwallex takes the friction out of global payments and financial operations, empowering businesses of all sizes to unlock new opportunities and grow beyond borders.

Proudly founded in Melbourne, Airwallex supports over 100,000 businesses globally and is trusted by brands such as Qantas, Brex, Rippling, Navan and many more.

How can I access the Airwallex for Startups program discount?

New customers will need to sign up for an Airwallex account by 30 September 2024 on this page. Once you have successfully setup your Airwallex account, you will be able to access the offers within the Rewards tab of the web app. Full promotional terms and conditions can be found here.

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