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New 188E visa (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) – Entrepreneur stream)

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

f you have a new innovative idea or invention that can be commercialised and received at least $200,000 funding (or must be endorsed by a state or territory after 1 July 2021),

State nomination requirements

Visa criteria


You must be under 55 when you are invited to apply for the Business Innovation and Investment (Subclass 188) visa.

Entrepreneur program

You must be accepted by a NSW Startup Accelerator Program or Startup Incubator Program.

Accelerators and Incubators include (but are not limited to):

  • Stone and Chalk

  • The Studio

  • 25fifteen

  • Cicada Innovations

  • BlueChilli

  • Fishburners

  • Future Transport Digital Accelerator

  • Microsoft ScaleUp Program

  • Caltex C-lab

  • Tank Stream Labs

  • The Founder Institute

Funding from a third party

You must prove that you have adequate funding secured to complete the project from an approved entity which includes a:

  • Commonwealth Government agency

  • NSW government agency

  • Publicly funded research or innovation organisation

  • Higher education provider specified as a Table A or Table B provider under Part 2-1 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, or

  • Investor registered as an Australian Venture Capital Limited Partnership or Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership

Business proposal

You must submit a business proposal that clearly demonstrates how your innovative ideas or inventions will benefit NSW, and how you intend to commercialise your product or service and develop your enterprise or business.

You must also clearly show that you have:

  • completed a proof of concept (e.g. customer interviews, surveys, or focus groups)

  • a potential business customer (B2B) or business channel to market (B2C)

  • a scalable solution that can be deployed to multiple customers

  • the IP or the rights to commercialise

Living and working in NSW

You must have a genuine and realistic commitment to permanently live and work in NSW, and continue to contribute to NSW through entrepreneurial activity. Thus, your proposed business must:

  • be headquartered in NSW, and

  • have a NSW registered ABN


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