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EY Masterclass: Maximising Your Start-up Funding

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Fintech VictoriaNext Money and York Butter Factory "Scaling Your Fintech Startup" series of events!

This time, York Buttery Factory and EY are hosting a Masterclass on how you can access government grants and tax benefits which can assist your business to attract the right funding and accelerate your company’s growth.


Are you maximising your start-up funding? Come and join the discussion…

The session will be practical and informative covering:

  • Early Stage Innovation Company (ESIC) (for those looking to raise capital)

  • R&D Tax Incentive (for those developing new products, processes, services, materials or devices)

  • Accelerating commercialisation (for those looking to bridge the gap between POC and Sales)

  • Export Market Development Grant (for those looking to market overseas)

  • Other grants available and where to find them


Please join us to find out how these incentives can benefit your business, attract the right funding and accelerate your company growth. 

The session will be followed by the opportunity to network. 

We hope you are able to join us.


Malia Forner is a Melbourne based Director in EY’s R&D and Business Incentives Group supporting companies in finding and accessing opportunities for further government support and R&D business process management. Malia has extensive experience in supporting entrepreneurs, start-up’s, mid-size companies and large corporates to identify, access and obtain Government Grants and R&D Tax Incentives benefits in multiple jurisdictions across a range of incentive and grant programs and from a variety of industries. She also liaises with and consults with industry groups and Federal and State Government bodies on R&D tax and innovation policy.

Paul Lombardo is an Executive Director in EY’s Transaction Tax Practice and has over 20 years of tax experience, specialising in corporate tax and advising clients in regards to tax structuring and tax due diligence matters in respect of M&A transactions. Paul has experience advising and supporting domestic and multinational Entrepreneurs, mid-size companies and larger corporates.  He advises clients on all facets of transaction related matters including, acquisitions, divestments, restructures, as well as advising on debt and equity capital raisings.  In addition to Paul’s transaction work, he supports a number of corporate groups with their routine tax affairs, such as annual compliance, corporate governance and the changing tax landscape.

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York Butter Factory

Vendor since 2012

The York Butter Factory is the co-working space for Melbourne’s high-potential early-stage technology entrepreneurs.

Established in 2011 inside an 1850s heritage-listed space, York Butter Factory is home to upstarts with bold, global ambitions and clear intentions to change the world.

Named after the original 1855 building, the York Butter Factory is situated on King Street at the base of the Rialto. This brilliant bluestone warehouse is the ultimate juxtaposition of old and new, building tech startups out of one Melbourne’s oldest structures. The 577sqm space is across two floors and has an open plan coworking space, informal collaborative area, meeting rooms, an industrial fridge and room for up to 60 entrepreneurs.

Opening its doors in October 2011, it has established itself at the center of a rapidly growing startup ecosystem in Melbourne. York Butter Factory was co-founded by the partners of Adventure Capital, who run their VC fund out of the space.

YBF already hosts nearly 50 startups largely in the Consumer Internet space. Opportunities to access funding is through its owners’ tech-focused VC fund as well as seed funding provided directly to deserving startups and via the Aurelius Digital angel investment network. There is a culture of collaboration, resource sharing and tough love. Tenants are curated with a view to fill the space with high-potential digital media and web 2.0 startups with a global ambition.

The vision is to become the central hub of the Australian tech startup ecosystem.

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