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Uptown Program 

Teams of businesses in a local area can apply to take part in a new program that will build their capacity and networks and provide an opportunity to later apply for seed funding. Applications close 30 August 2022 at 9am AEST.

About the Uptown Program

Uptown is a two-stage program designed to fast-track the formation of local business communities and facilitate their growth into vibrant 24-hour economy districts.

Stage 1: Uptown Accelerator

The Accelerator will offer teams of businesses representing a distinct geographical area (District Teams) with a capability and connection building program that will:

  • align teams around a vision for their district
  • develop a unique brand for marketing the district
  • provide incorporation and governance support
  • equip teams to secure partners and sponsors
  • develop grant writing skills for the team
  • build a pitch to attract investment into their district.

The Accelerator will require Teams to commit approximately 30 hours in total.

By completing the Accelerator, District Teams will be invited to a Pitch Night to present their districts to commercial partners including brands, businesses, and government agencies.

Stage 2: Uptown Grant Program

By completing the Accelerator, District Teams will have the opportunity to apply for seed funding through the Uptown Grant Program (stage 2) at a later date and subject to meeting the relevant criteria.

Eligibility for stage 1

To be eligible for the Accelerator, applications need to be submitted by a Team comprising three or more members from different organisations who are committed to accelerating their local 24-hour economy district.

The district proposed in the application must be located in Greater Sydney.

Refer to the Accelerator Guidelines (PDF) 1.2 MB for full eligibility criteria.

Information session


There will be a virtual information session on Thursday 11 August 2022 at 11am AEST.

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In person

There will be an in person information session on Tuesday 16 August 2022 at 3:30pm AEST.

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Key dates for stage 1

Applications open Thursday 4 August 2022.

Applications close Tuesday 30 August at 9am AEST. No late applications will be accepted.  

You can expect to hear the outcome of your application by 30 September 2022. 

How to apply

Get your team together.  

Read the Accelerator Guidelines (PDF) 1.2 MB and the supplementary questions and answers

Apply online

Submit your application by Tuesday 30 August at 9am AEST. No late applications will be accepted. 

Contact us

 If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Investment NSW.

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