$100,000 in grants for small businesses with big ideas

Small businesses and start-ups who are trying to get their business off the ground have a chance to bring their ideas to life with St.George Kick Start which gives away $100,000 in grants to help turn sparks into flames.

Applications are now open and can be submitted in any of the two categories: new business ideas and new ideas for existing businesses. The winner of each category will take away grants of $40,000 each, and the runner up of each category another $10,000 each.

Cathy Yuncken, General Manager of Business Banking for St.George Banking Group, said the program to date has helped over 34 businesses and start-ups turn their ideas into reality.

“Over the past five years, Kick Start has given away over $525,000. Our diverse winners spanned from industries and different stages in their business lifecycle,” Ms Yuncken said.

Applications close 21 April, with 12 finalists to be selected to battle it out for a share of $100,000 on 24 May 24 at TEDxSydney.

“What’s particularly unique about our program is the top 12 finalists will have the opportunity to be to deliver their wining elevator pitches at TEDxSydney in front of four judges and a live audience,” Ms Yuncken said. “This provides a worthy platform for budding entrepreneurs to hone in on their pitching skills and put their most innovative and creative ideas forward in a collaborative environment.”

Pitches will be judged by a panel of both St.George business managers and external industry experts.

Judges will consider and give preference to businesses that can demonstrate a strong business purpose, embrace creativity and one that can drive a positive impact in their local market.

To enter, applicants can apply online at www.stgeorge.com.au/kickstart.