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Competitive SA Industry Leaders Fund Scheme Opens 2022 Round!

South Australia’s Industry Leaders Fund has opened its 2022 study grant scheme...

6 April, 2022
Article, Finance, Tax, South Australia
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South Australia’s Industry Leaders Fund has opened its 2022 study grant scheme, inviting high-achieving business leaders and aspiring executives to apply for up to $50,000 each to develop their professional potential. 

Successful recipients join an influential 237-member network which has collectively created 2954 South Australian-based jobs since the scheme began in 2010 at an average grant dollar cost of $700, down from $800 last year. 

ILF chief executive Geoff Vogt says the job creation cost compares favourably with worldwide benchmarks and the $2500-a-year spent by the State’s Job Accelerator Grant Scheme, for every job generated. 

“It shows that we are an effective scheme, wholly funded by private enterprise, which supports innovative industry leaders to grow their business, nationally and globally, as well as their workforce,’’ Mr Vogt said. 

“I’m excited by the Fund’s achievements to date including the ongoing insight and collaboration returning scholars share through the ILF Scholars Network to maximise industry contribution to the SA economy.’’   

Now in its 13th year, the ILF program has awarded 237 grants totalling $2.86 million and adds a new Seeley International Imagineering Award this year, to be given to the scholar with an innovative engineering approach to manufacturing business in their career to date. 

It joins the David B McNeil Award which boosts the base grant for the scholar attending the University of Adelaide’s Transformative Leadership Program in any year who also shows the most potential to contribute to employment and wealth generation in South Australia and the Colin J Peters Memorial Award, begun in 2020, for the most outstanding scholar. 

Easing Covid restrictions will allow international travel for up to 60 scholars who have delayed their study since 2019 to institutions like Harvard Business School, INSEAD Singapore, Oxford’s Said Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT. 

An equal record number of women represented 38 per cent of scholars in 2021 with the Fund encouraging more women leaders to apply for grants this year. 

Applicants should visit the Industry Leaders Fund website for eligibility criteria before applications close on Tuesday, May 31

The 2021 Scholars are: Christie Bailey (Brown Falconer); Aaron Bain (Ahrens Group) Navtej Bal (Ironwood Institute); Kirsty Chapman-Smith (Discount Party Supplies); Tim Chopping (SRA Information Technology); Ricardo Conti (Peregrine Corporation); Cain Cooke (LogicPlus); Gosia Davis (BAE Systems); Adrien Doucet (Nuemann Space); Sean Ebert (International Fashion Labels Group); Chad Elson (Gibson Wines); Kylee Harry (Hickinbotham Group); James Higgins (Master Butchers Cooperative); Bianca Hoffman (Phil Hoffman Travel); Dean Johnson (Cooper Energy); Richard Jones (MaxMine); Ben Klason (LEADER); George Korniotakis (Thomas Foods International);  Theo Kristoris (LEADER Systems); Mark Krstic (The Australian Wine Research Institute); Shane Laidlaw (CABN); Tamara Leclercq (Adelaide BioMed City Innovation District); David Malovka (ElectraNet); Ennio Mercuri (Ennio International); Paul Moore (SAGE Group); Beau Murfitt (Camms); Stephanie Panait (Eat Me Patisserie); Lozanne Pretorius (Mitsubishi Motors Australia); Todd Shipway (B L Shipway & Co); Emma Stone (Kelly Engineering); Suzannah Toop (Virtual Agent/Lululiv); Yvette Van Eenennaam (Adelaide BioMed City Innovation District); Eric van Ryswyk (Codium); Marion Vigot (Mister RYE and Compostable Alternatives); Andrew Warner (Fyfe); Michaela Webster (G’Day Group); Emily Welyhorskyj (HenderCare); Judson Wheatley (De Bruin Engineering) Ellen Wundersitz (Space Craft Joinery). 

Geoff Vogt 
CEO Industry Leaders Fund Inc 
0457 900 202