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ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Accelerator (ASCA)

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program
80160000 - Business administration services
Close Date & Time:
24-Jan-2019 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Request for Proposal

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The ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Accelerator (ASCA) is an AUD5 million pilot of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) innovationXchange that aims to support and scale high-growth potential enterprises focussed on smart urbanisation solutions in ODA eligible cities across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This will support innovation at the city level across ASEAN Member States to enhance urban development and create and scale commercial opportunities for women, men and youth from urban centres.


The initiative is one component of the broader ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities initiative announced by former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, at the ASEAN Special Summit in March 2018. The ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities initiative will support ASEAN Member States to develop city systems in smart and sustainable ways, providing education, technical assistance and support for innovation. The initiative has strong links with ASEAN and will build on ASEAN’s efforts to create a community that is competitive, resilient and well-connected. The initiative will complement ASEAN initiatives such as the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy and the ASEAN Smart Cities Network.


In implementing the ASCA, DFAT is seeking tenders from experienced profit and not-for-profit incubators and accelerators to support and scale high-growth potential enterprises focussed on smart urbanisation solutions in ODA eligible cities across ASEAN Member States.


DFAT seeks to support an established accelerator to identify, support and scale cohorts of high-growth potential enterprises focussed on smart urbanisation solutions. Accordingly, proposals will tangibly demonstrate a proven track record in identifying market opportunities for innovation; and in building scalable and sustainable businesses that attract further funding and market growth (for example a track record of generating a high number of exits - the point at which an investor realises investment gains).


Given the focus on cities within ASEAN Member States, it is expected that proposals will demonstrate strong existing relationships and a track record of working together to produce tangible outcomes, with relevant public and private stakeholders (for example local government, private sector, investors, technical expertise, civil society). It is intended that the ASCA will leverage additional funding and investment, both for enterprises supported and the ongoing operations of the accelerator beyond the life of this program. Therefore a proven track record in accessing private sector capital that will increase investment and private sector engagement in ASEAN Member States is critical.


Other Instructions:

DFAT will not be available to answer questions relating to the tender from 14 December 2018 to 4 January 2019

Conditions for Participation:


Participation requirements:


  1. Tenders must be submitted in English

  2. All Tenders are due no later than the closing date and time indicated

  3. Electronic submission of Tenders via AusTender is the only method of submission that will be accepted.

  4. The tender must be in .pdf or .docx format

  5. The tender must contain a cover page with the following information:


    • Title: ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Accelerator (ASCA)

    • Name of Respondent

    • Respondent contact person, address, telephone number, and email address


  1. The tender must not exceed five (5) pages in length [A4, single spaced, 12-point font]. Annexes may include: CVs of no more than two (2) pages; experience sheets of one (1) page; gender strategy of no more than one (1) page; references of one (1) page; and, terms of reference for any nominated personnel outside of existing core management of no more than one (1) page.

  2. With the technical proposal, tenderers must submit a commercial proposal that outlines how the funds will be disbursed, management costs and the outputs/outcomes milestones against which DFAT would pay.

  3. Questions relating to the tender must be submitted via email only to the address no later than the date and time indicated..  Final answers will be provided by the date and time indicated.


Timeframe for Delivery:

3 years ending 2021

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