Building Business: R&D Tax Incentives and Capital Access

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Learn about the R&D Tax Incentive and what you require to access it!

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Learn about alternative pathways to financing on the back of the R&D incentive to help Startups and Scale ups accelerate their delivery and growth.

In this session you will learn:

  • Learn how R&D finance works
  • Explore how businesses eligible for the RDTI refund can leverage R&D financing as a source of non-dilutive capital
  • The R&D tax incentive and recent program changes
  • The types of activities and expenses that can be claimed
  • Key areas of regulatory focus
  • Potential industry related Government Grants


Jessica Olivier - Partner, RSM

Jess leads the National R&D practice for RSM Australia and also sits on RSM’s Global Incentives Group, covering locations including the US, UK, Singapore and New Zealand.

Prior to joining RSM, Jess was a Director at a Big 4 Firm where she worked with many Start-Ups and SMEs as well as listed companies and multinational groups. She has deep technical expertise, from coordinating the claim process to being responsible for the strategic direction and risk profile of the R&D claims for the client, including identifying previously unconsidered R&D projects or new R&D opportunities. Today, Jess works closely with both her clients and the administering authorities to ensure a robust and defensible R&D claim is lodged.

Samara Chandran - State Manager for QLD, Radium Capital

With over 10 years’ commercial banking experience with financial institutions in Australia, North America and Europe, Samara holds a degree in Finance and International Business. Working with a variety of industries during her career, Samara has gained a strong understanding of different businesses and their unique needs. Samara is always willing to take the extra step to help clients achieve both short and long-term goals. Her compassionate approach and strong track record will support our Queensland clients to grow their businesses and thrive.

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Organiser River City Labs

Organiser of Building Business: R&D Tax Incentives and Capital Access

River City Labs is a not for profit company formed to promote and develop early stage and start-up businesses and entrepreneurial activity in the mobile, Internet, telecoms and technology sector in Brisbane and surrounding regions in Australia



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