Tyro announces $250,000 in ‘smart growth’ grants for innovative SMEs

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Australian small businesses could receive up to $25,000 each for increasing business efficiencies and sharing innovative ideas on how to boost business growth.

The Tyro Smart Growth Grant program, which kicks off today, will see up to 10 small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) receive grants worth a total of up to $250,000.

Tyro CEO Jost Stollmann said the grants program was timely for SME owners, many of whom continue to battle every day just to stay open, let alone innovate and grow.

“Our research tells us that inefficient business banking processes cost small businesses on average $7,800 per year, or almost $7 billion nationally. The Tyro Smart Growth Grant program will help SME owners in two ways: it will encourage them to introduce new business efficiencies to boost their growth; and it will generate new ideas from the community that will get us closer to closing the SME efficiency gap,” he said.

The grants program announcement will be made at today’s Tyro nextGen Business Banking Summit, which brings cloud-based business software and service providers together with Fintech startups to discuss the efficiency benefits of frictionless mobile banking technology.

At the Summit, Stollmann will reveal his vision for nextGen banking: cloud-based, totally integrated and mobile banking that encompasses EFTPOS, payments and cash-flow-based unsecured growth funding – something SMEs have been crying out for.

“Along with efficiency, swift access to working capital is the most important driver of competitive growth for Australian SMEs,” said Stollmann.

“Ensuring these businesses have access to cash-flow-based lending and efficient solutions that allow them to invest, innovate and grow, is absolutely critical to sustain the engine room of the Australian economy.”

Last month, Tyro published a report which revealed the extent to which banking inefficiency is hurting SMEs, with 44 percent of businesses being robbed of 19.5 days per year – the equivalent of a year’s worth of annual leave for the average working employee – on business banking processes online. While SMEs provide about 50 percent of private sector employment and contribute 46 percent of GDP, their contribution is slowing.

Tyro Smart Growth Grant program https://tyro.com/smart-growth-grant-2016/. Grant applications will be accepted between 15 September 2016 and 15 November, 2016.