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Supporting Innovation.
Delivering Impact.

The Scaling Frontier Innovation (SFI) Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange supporting social enterprises to scale their development impact in the Indo-Pacific region.

This will be achieved through four, interconnected program interventions:
Frontier Innovators, Frontier Incubators, Frontier Brokers, and Frontier Capital.


Bridging the funding gap

Globally, the funds required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) fall well short of the total global aid budget, with an estimated funding gap of USD 2.5 trillion. The ‘Impact Investing’ market – investment directed towards businesses having a social or environmental impact – is growing and holds the potential to bridge the gap in development financing.

Growing the ecosystem

The ecosystem that supports private investment in social innovation and social enterprises is still in its early stages in our region. East and South East Asia contribute only 6 per cent of total assets under management for impact investors globally.

Creating opportunities

By supporting innovators who are delivering impact through market-based models, we can help create opportunities for private sector capital to be invested in ways that contribute to development outcomes, and help fill this gap.

Frontier Innovators

Frontier Innovators supports high potential social enterprises in the region. An award of up to $100,000, as well as training and business development support, is being provided to 14 social innovators to help scale their business and impact.


Frontier Incubators

Frontier Incubators is a capacity building program to support incubators and accelerators to offer high quality services to innovative social start-ups and growth-orientated enterprises in the Indo-Pacific region.

Frontier Brokers

Frontier Brokers assist social enterprises by helping them connect with potential investors including fund managers, philanthropists and angel investors. This helps social enterprises to attract the financial support necessary to establish and grow their businesses.

Frontier Capital

Capital flows for impact investment in the Indo-Pacific lag behind other emerging economies. Frontier Capital aims to increase interest in social enterprise investment in the region, create more co-investment, and reduce the costs of doing business.