Amazon Australia is calling for Australian startups and brands with an innovative product to apply for a 2023 Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grant package, valued at more than $90,000. After launching in 2020, this is the third time Amazon Australia has offered Australian businesses the opportunity to win an Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants package.
Each Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grant package includes $20,000 cash; the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 in AWS Activate Credits; substantial out-of-home support nationally thanks to JCDecaux; support provided by third-party experts Export Accelerator, Podean and Airwallex; a ‘Selling on Amazon’ bootcamp experience; featured Seller placement on the Amazon Launchpad homepage during key events such as Prime Day and Black Friday; as well as marketing, PR and merchandising opportunities.
To enter, Australian business startups and brands must have an innovative product and plans to scale their business in 2023. This year, for the first time ever, 10 finalists will be chosen to pitch their entry in person at Amazon Australia HQ in Sydney to a panel of judges for a chance to win one of four grant packages.
This year’s judges include Blackbird head of impact, Kate Glazebrook, Amazon Australia and Singapore Marketplace country manager, Amit Mahto and Amazon Web Services startup ecosystem manager, Lauren Capelin.
Finalists will have the opportunity to hone their pitch, receive feedback and network with some of Australia’s leading founders and industry experts, with flights and a night’s accommodation provided for those based outside Sydney.
“Through our Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants we are excited to be able to nurture the ingenuity that Australian entrepreneurs are so famous for and help the winners expand their businesses to reach more customers in Australia and around the world in Amazon’s stores,” Mahto said.
“I’ve spent my entire career at Amazon helping sellers succeed, and I know firsthand the value of a program like Amazon Launchpad that helps startups and brands reach their online potential through access to Amazon’s customer base, opportunities to expand globally, and access to marketing support and logistics services like Fulfilment by Amazon.”
The Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants entry period is open until Friday, 14 April 2023 on https://sell.amazon.com.au/launchpad. Terms and conditions apply.
The four Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants winners, from across Australia, will be publicly announced in May 2023.
Image: Previous Amazon Launchpad grant winner, Rikki Gilbey from WAW Handplanes.