Queensland businesses with global ambitions can be connected to business experts in their target markets in a new program launched by TIQ.

The International Business Advisory Program is targeting small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in mining and resources, education and training, innovation, or food and agribusiness who are actively considering expansion into India or Indonesia.

TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said the program would open up a unique development opportunity for Queensland SMEs.

‘This program will provide some of Queensland’s most ambitious SMEs with a rare and highly cost-effective way to fast-track their export learning curve,’ he said.

‘The international business leaders who are participating in this program will guide their mentees through the process of entering these growth markets and equip them with the valuable, practical market intelligence they need to succeed.’

In the pilot round of the program, 4 mentors will be matched with 4 Queensland SMEs looking for expert guidance in India or Indonesia – 2 in each market.

Advisory sessions will be held by phone or video from July to December 2019.

The 6-month period will allow companies to make progress towards export goals and test new market-development activities while still working with their mentor.

Eligible SMEs must be export-ready and have headquarters or significant operations in Queensland.

Interested businesses need to apply by 27 May.

The program is one of 22 initiatives of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 and is one of a range of activities that aims to increase Queensland’s share of national exports.