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Martin McKenzie

Martin McKenzie

Martin is the head of Ignite Innovation and our in-house grants expert. He's held positions within state and federal governments, working in departments of industry and regional development. He has found his calling with Ignite Alliance to assist startups and small businesses secure grants which help them grow and have a meaningful impact on their communities and the world.

Recent Posts

24 Apr, 2019

The Grant Rant: Election Minefield

Politics counts… unfortunately

Another state election has passed and the Canberra mothership braces itself for the Federal version in May. I hate talking politics, I really do, but in the world of grants and incentives this counts. Why? Elections can change governments to a different flavour. Even if they remain, portfolios can change, Ministers reshuffled and policies inevitably change. That’s the part that affects things on the ground. Grants, funding, services, and infrastructure are all tools of policy delivery. Throw in an election promise or a budget (even a mini) and then you have the virtual bookends.

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31 Mar, 2019

The Grant Rant: Truth Behind Grants

What's the truth behind grants? Why are they there? Can I really get one? These are the questions we hear all the time from small business owners when they start investigating grants. So let's debunk some common myths and get to the bottom of things.

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20 Aug, 2018

Driving Business Innovation With R&D

Research and development has an image problem. For a lot of people, when a conversation turns to R&D, we tend to think of people in lab coats and safety glasses, pouring blue liquid in beakers into test tubes full of bubbling pink stuff. But when you think of R&D, you should be thinking about money. Here's why.

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27 Jul, 2018

Summary of Updates on EMDG and Survey Results from 2017 Grant Year

Here are some quick updates on the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) and results from Austrade's survey to businesses who have applied for the grant scheme in the last grant year. 

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13 Jul, 2018

It's Not Just One Night: Reflections on the CEO Sleepout

The CEO Sleepout has raised money to help thousands of Australians for over a decade, but it's so much more than just one night. They aim to bring an end to poverty, and this year I decided to sleep rough with other leaders in Sydney.

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16 May, 2018

IGNITE's CEO To Sleep Rough This June

Walk through any city street late at night you’ll always see people taking refuge in doorways, under bridges, bus stops, train stations, parks and just about anywhere else which offers a dry spot to call a bed for the night. A stray cardboard box from a nearby restaurant offers a mattress to keep your body off the cold concrete which saps the warmth from your bones. Rags, soiled clothes, and matted blankets are scavenged to insulate against biting winds. It’s an indignity, and one which affects the fundamental rights of any human: the right to safe shelter.

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09 May, 2018

Smart Small Businesses Big Winners This Federal Budget

As the treasurer Scott Morrison handed down his 3rd budget, there was no surprise that there’d be some changes to the Research and Development Tax Incentive. Mr Morrison has been suggesting there would be a tightening of the rules for weeks now. Yesterday came the news:

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16 Jan, 2018

Australian Innovation Report 2017 At A Glance

Australia has strengthened in research and development (R&D) for 2017. The Australian innovation system report has been released which provides an analysis of key innovation indicators by exploring specific aspects of the system. 

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27 Jul, 2017

Give a Grant a Go

Grants can be a good boost to your company’s bottom line via rebates. However, it is best to remember that governments set up grants as a sum of money to help its funding body deliver programs on the ground.

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06 Jun, 2017

50% of Your Overseas Marketing Expenses Are Refundable

Find out how to become one of the hunreds of Australian companies taking advantage of EMDG. If you’re growing your business internationally and incurring overseas marketing expenses in the process, you may be eligible to claim back these costs through the Austrade Export Market Development Grant.

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