If you’re a Queensland start-up looking to spread your wings in a global innovation hub, you have until 29 January to apply for Landing Pads funding.

The Landing Pads program provides market-ready Australian start-ups and scale-ups with access to some of the world’s most renowned hubs in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore.

Successful applicants receive a 90-day residency in a co-working space, expert business advice, and introductions to investors, mentors and strategic partners.

To apply, you must be a ‘born global’ start-up that can articulate a clear vision for growth, disrupt the marketplace in some way, and have a scalable concept that can be delivered to a large customer base.

Past Landing Pads participants have included start-ups working on projects as diverse as educational software, mapping and travel apps, health and wellbeing initiatives, and cyber security.

Landing Pads 2016 participant OpenCities provides digital solutions for local governments. Founder Alex Gelbak said a Landing Pads residency in San Francisco was critical to the company’s US success.

‘Having a base of operations in the US, particularly when you’re dealing with government, is absolutely critical,’ he said.

‘Being on the ground, I learned more about the intricacies of the US market.

‘The Landing Pad also helped us focus on the tasks most important for achieving success, rather than on the operational things you’d have to pay for and think about if you’re going solo.’

OpenCities took a call from Microsoft during their San Francisco Landing Pads residency and now have a strategic partnership with the software giant.

Landing Pads is an initiative of Austrade, run from betahaus in Berlin, WeWork in San Francisco, XNode in Shanghai, BASH in Singapore and SOSA in Tel Aviv.

For more information on eligibility, support and resources, see the Landing Pads website.

Applications for the next round close 29 January.

Supporting Queensland start-ups is one of the actions identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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