Cyber Security: Global Business Innovation Programme in Australia

Companies in technology areas of cyber security and associated industrial applications are invited to apply for an innovation visit to Australia.

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Explore cyber security business opportunities in Australia, find potential innovation collaborators and partners and develop your network in the UK and globally, and improve your company value proposition to international partners and investors.


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Note: This opportunity is fully funded support and not monetary funding.

The Global Business Innovation Programme, organised by Innovate UK and delivered by Innovate UK EDGE, consists of a preparation phase, an 11-day innovation visit focused on cyber security, a post-visit exploitation workshop and follow-up support of approximately 12 months from an Innovate UK EDGE Innovation & Growth Specialist, helping your business maximise the opportunities identified, including developing innovation projects with partners in the territory. This initiative will be delivered physically and could include virtual activities.

We would welcome applications from innovative companies across all technology areas of cyber security and associated industrial applications.

Find out how our GBIP in Australia can help your business grow.

  • A GBIP has three stages:

    Prepare for the market

    Preparing for the market includes the cohort being briefed by sector and market experts on, for example, cultural aspects of conducting business in that country. Delegates receive help to find business partners and arrange meetings and are advised on best practice including the management and protection of their intellectual property.

    Visiting the market

    Visiting the market provides opportunities to attend pre-arranged meetings and activities in order to better understand and maximise the opportunities that the visit presents.

    Exploiting the opportunity

    Exploiting the opportunity is arguably the most important aspect of the programme. To maximise the opportunity, participating companies are given bespoke one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist to help develop and implement an action plan.

    The Global Business Innovation Programme operates on a competitive basis and businesses selected are required to participate in all three stages (some or all of which may be online).

  • To apply, you must:

    • Be a UK-based innovation-led company with ambitions to grow and expand overseas.
    • Be a company with fewer than 500 employees.
    • Be able to attend and complete all activities.
  • Driven by a robust economy, Australia has a strong and growing community of cyber founders with extensive go-to-market expertise. There is a deep focus from all levels of Government on ensuring Australia is a cyber secure nation. This presents a timely and valuable opportunity for companies to test their products and ideas and learn from industry experts.

    Australia also recognises the global and collaborative nature of cyber security, and they have a well-defined international engagement strategy. AUKUS is a trilateral security pact between Australia, the UK and the US, announced on 15 September 2021 for the Indo-Pacific region. It includes cooperation on advanced cyber security, innovation and information sharing.

  • Innovate UK and Innovate UK EDGE will fund and organise flights, accommodation, in-market travel, and conference fees for successful applicants. Innovate UK will also pay for any reasonable adjustments throughout the initiative. Only one representative from each company will be funded. On acceptance to the initiative a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each delegate, which will be refunded on completion of the full activities and agreed action plan. Non-completion after formal acceptance may result in forfeiting some or all the commitment fee.


    • Explore cyber security business opportunities in Australia
    • A better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Australia
    • Find potential innovation collaborators and partners and develop your network in the UK and globally
    • Improve your company value proposition to international partners and investors
  • Register for the applicant briefing event on 2nd August 2023 here

    Closing date for application: 14th August 2023
    Pre-visit workshop: 19th – 20th September 2023
    Market visit: 13th – 25th October 2023
    Post visit workshop: 14th December 2023


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