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International Business Connect

Thursday 22 April 2021 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

A series of themed networking events, hosted by a successful local business operating internationally

Don’t miss your opportunity to extend your international networks!

From Idea to Exports: Leveraging tax incentives and grants to fund and fast-track innovation

Navigating the new product lifecycle can be a costly and challenging task.

RSM and the Canberra Business Chamber are excited to co-host a series of short presentations to illustrate how you can leverage government incentives and programs at each stage of the new product lifecycle to translate innovative ideas to exportable products.

Topic 1: Are you missing out on the R&D Tax Incentive?
Presenters: Jess Olivier (RSM), Bryan Soepardi (RSM)

In this session, RSM’s National R&D Tax Partner Jess Olivier and leading innovation advisor Bryan Soepardi explain how businesses can leverage the R&D Tax Incentive to fund initial research, concept design, prototyping, and MVP development, whose cost and uncertain outcomes can often hinder projects before they begin.

The R&D Tax Incentive is the Australian government’s principal investment into encouraging R&D in Australia, delivering a cash benefit of between 8.5c to 43.5c on each $1 of eligible R&D expenditure. Unlike competitive grant programs, the R&D Tax Incentive operates under a self-assessment framework. Join us in this session for a primer on the benefits, eligibility criteria, and processes which govern the delivery of the R&D Tax Incentive.

For companies with a standard income year-end of 30 June, please note that the statutory deadline of 30 April 2021 for the lodgement of the 2020 R&D Application is fast approaching.

Topic 2: Robotic surgery – how did we bring it to Australia?
Presenters: Brendan and Danielle Klar (CKC), Young Han (RSM)

RSM’s Young Han interviews Drs Brendan and Danielle Klar from Canberra Knee Clinic on how they leveraged their industry expertise and international networks to bring robot-assisted knee surgery to Australia.

Learn about how they are leveraging the R&D Tax Incentive to fund industry-leading research into the benefits of robotic surgical procedures, which they hope will drive global acceptance and adoption of this leading-edge technology.

Topic 3: Exports
Presenters: Office for International Engagement, ACT Government

Taking the plunge into a new export market, or growing your export business?
Learn about how the ACT Government and Austrade can assist and support your business on its exporting journey – What are the key markets and export opportunities, TradeStart services, partnership with Canberra Business Chamber on International Business Engagement Program.

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday 22 April

RSM Canberra
Equinox, Building 4, Level 2/70 Kent St
Deakin ACT 2600

5:30pm-6:00pm: Registrations & Networking
6:00pm-6:15pm: Introductions
6:15pm-6:30pm: Topic 1 – Are you missing out on the R&D Tax Incentive?
6:30pm-6:45pm: Topic 2 – Robotic surgery – how did we bring it to Australia?
6:45pm-7:00pm: Topic 3 – What support is there for taking your business global?
7:00pm-7:30pm: Networking

If you would like further information please contact
Dinko Colak
02 6154 6121

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Thursday 22 April 2021
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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RSM Canberra
Equinox, Building 4, Level 2/70 Kent St, Deakin ACT 2600 Australia + Google Map