Today I want to talk to you about innovation. Innovation is important in Australia. The Australian government has recognised this by introducing an Innovation Statement and a range of legislation to support innovation.
The first new law to be introduced related to Early Stage Innovation Companies. That will apply to:
This legislation commenced from 1st July 2016; yes, it's already operating. Unfortunately, the government, for whatever reason, has not fully promoted and publicised that this new, exciting legislation is now operational. That's unfortunate, because this legislation will give many small/medium enterprise operators, inventors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to present your business to potential investors who, hopefully, will then be encouraged to make investments in your types of companies.
Why don't you undertake some research to see whether you fit some of the key characteristics that are going to be required to be deemed to be an ESIC?
If you have undertaken these types of activities (not all of them by any stretch of the imagination) then you are potentially eligible to be deemed to be an Early Stage Innovation Company.
Our recommendation is that, if you're going to be able to satisfy the requirements of investors, you will require professional assistance to complete the various statements and to assemble all of the supporting documentation to be presented to investors.
If you'd like to talk to an accountant who is able to assist you to determine whether you're an Early Stage Innovation Company, why not go to our website - www.esssmallbusiness.com.au - and then click on "Find an Accountant/Adviser" and then all you have to do is to insert your postcode and you will then be able to read the names and a summary of the services that those firms offer, who are subscribers to ESS BIZTOOLS (our other major product) and who are able to deliver you advice and assistance on the due diligence process to assist you to become an Early Stage Innovation Company.
If you have any enquiries, why not send me an email - email@example.com and we will get back to you with suggestions on what your next steps should be.
Australia really needs companies that are committed to the innovation process.
The team at ESS BIZTOOLS and ESS Small Business look forward to supporting you on your endeavours.
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Episode 062 - Innovation is Important for SMEs
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