More funds to X-TEND female and regional innovation programs

  • Six programs have received grants from X-TEND WA
  • Next grant round open, with maximum grant value increased to $150,000
  • X-TEND WA supports innovative entrepreneurs, startups and emerging enterprises

The Cook Labor Government has awarded $547,300 to six Western Australian innovators, as part of the latest round of the X-TEND WA grants.

This round includes five regionally based programs, as well as a female-led company focusing on funding for women entrepreneurs.

Another recipient includes a First Nations’ entrepreneurial initiative in the East Kimberley region, led by women, which explores bush food and botanical industry innovation.

The next X-TEND WA round is open, seeking applications that will educate, grow, and encourage investor education alongside corporate connections with startups.

The cut-off date for Round 7 is 30 August, with the maximum grant increasing to $150,000.

X-TEND WA is a long-standing program within the multimillion-dollar New Industries Fund, which supports new and emerging innovative businesses across WA to help diversify the economy and create new jobs and industries.

The program has provided more than $3 million in grant funding across 33 programs since 2019.

For more information, see: New Industries Fund: X-TEND WA Program (

As stated by Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson:

“Under the Cook Government’s successful New Industries Fund, we continue to support local business that build entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialisation to create local jobs.

“The X-TEND WA program provides valuable support to grow our local innovation ecosystem.

“It’s an exciting time to be an innovator in WA, with our next round of X-TEND grants now offering an increased maximum grant of $150,000.

“I encourage both local and regional businesses to take advantage of what X-TEND WA can offer and consider an application for the next round.”

X-TEND Round 6 recipients:



Program Overview

Funding amount

Atomic Sky Pty Ltd.


(Regional; Pilbara)

Empowering Indigenous female leaders and entrepreneurs in regional WA including the Pilbara and enhancing networks between the regions and Perth.


Enterprise Partnerships WA Limited

Jarndu Garra

(Regional; East Kimberley)

First Nations’ female entrepreneurs coming together for innovation in the bush foods and botanical industry to grow sustainable businesses.


IDEAcademy Pty Ltd

IDEAcademy Regional Development

(Peel region)

Expanding the successful Perth-based program for young entrepreneurs into the Peel region and beyond for community-based entrepreneurship education, activated by Peel youth, industry, and allied service providers.


SEED Innovation Foundation Pty Ltd

Connecting the City of Karratha to WA’s Innovation Ecosystem

(Regional; based in Karratha)

Activating entrepreneurial education and broader innovation ecosystem development within the City of Karratha and across coastal Pilbara and North-West.


VentureX HQ Pty Ltd

VentureX HQ

Building investment capability in the innovation ecosystem with emphasis on funding for female entrepreneurs.


WIBB Network Incorporated

Women Inspiring Better Business Female Entrepreneur Education

(Regional; based in Geraldton)

Empowering female entrepreneurs and founders in Geraldton through education, mentorship, and community support, enhancing capabilities to thrive in the business world.


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