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Innovative Companies undertaking eligible R&D activities may claim up to 45% of the expenditure as a refund from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).


Access your R&D Tax Refund from
Rocking Horse Finance so that you can:

Expedite further R&D activities;

Expedite further R&D activities;

Bring forward commercialisation plans;

Bring forward commercialisation plans;

Satisfy ongoing cash flow needs; and

Satisfy ongoing cash flow needs; and

Delay or avoid expensive equity raisings.

Delay or avoid expensive equity raisings.

Debt is Cheaper than Equity

When raising debt the cost is the interest expense (which may be tax deductible) whereas when you raise equity you are affording shareholders’ a claim on your business’s future earnings.

At Rocking Horse Finance we understand the challenge of funding R&D, while still coping with the expense of running your day to day business. That’s why we have developed an R&D financing solution that can get your innovations off the ground faster. By bringing forward your R&D tax refund you can put off expensive equity raisings to develop further and get better valuations on your business.

Debt is Cheaper than Equity

Platform To Attract Venture Capital

Why waste valuable time knocking on doors in the frustrating pursuit of venture capital? At Rocking Horse, the investors find you! We bridge the gap between you and the venture capitalists and institutional investors who are actively seeking investment opportunities. Our platform gives you high visibility and credibility, while giving investors easy access to a range of high potential firms to support.

More than that, Rocking Horse can also link you into a complete R&D community, including the university sector, research organisations and other business people, who can provide invaluable resources to help you develop your products, services or processes.

Back Office Advice & Assistance

It is vital for emerging entrepreneurs and innovators to focus on R&D, but this can be challenging when you are simultaneously trying to cope with back office functions too. Rocking Horse, along with our strategic partner organisations, can offer consultancy in a range of business areas, including accounting and financial management, strategy, relationship management, and R&D planning and review, enabling you to concentrate on developing your innovation.

“Allowing us to access cashflow critical to our R&D and commercialisation in an incredibly painless and efficient manner”

Daniel Stinton, EBEV Founder

Daniel Stinton, Founder


Key To Faster R&D Tax Incentives

When financing with Rocking Horse you are able to accelerate your company’s growth prospects and support cash flow by gaining valuable financing against your eligible R&D schedule.

With current expenditure of $500,000 on eligible R&D in the prior financial year you are entitled to $225,000 refund from the Australian Tax Office. Instead of waiting until October for the funds to be received from the ATO you may finance this once, or on a quarterly basis, through Rocking Horse. By financing on a quarterly basis you are able to spend as much as $392,315 in the year on eligible R&D*. By financing on a quarterly basis gives you access to future R&D funds that you can spend on the business this year rather than in the following years.

Key To Faster R&D Tax Incentives

Conquer The Cashflow Curse

Rocking Horse allows you to obtain R&D tax incentives upfront, rather than having to wait until end of year. We can even organise a quarterly cycle and can access higher funding than you may have thought possible to help free up cashflow and allow you to focus on development.

Limit Risk & Expand Opportunity

Employing our knowledge of processes, tapping into our network of contacts and utilising the expertise of our partners can transform your entire R&D operations. This holistic approach means you can mitigate risks, maximise financial stability and present a more attractive proposition to venture capitalists.

Accelerate Growth

When you can receive funding from Rocking Horse you not only get the capital you need to accelerate your businesses development but also investment partners who will be as committed to your success as you are? Partners who understand what it takes to grow a small businesses and have networks to support you and rapidly grow your business in Australia and globally.

Key To Faster R&D Tax Incentives

Our Team

Giles Karhan

Giles Karhan


Giles has worked in management, sales and marketing and operations across both equities and funds management for over 15 years. He has worked in both large Australian banks, wealth mangers as well as boutique funds management. His strong commercial experience is a valuable asset in his role running Rocking Horse. Giles has been a keen entrepreneur for many years and invested in a number of innovations over the past 10 years.

About Us

Rocking Horse provides a genuine solution to this imbalance by give Australian innovators the purpose-built platform to achieve home-grown commercial success.

Experience Counts

Experience Counts

Our team of specialists brings experience from a wide range of disciplines, including finance, legal, accounting, R&D and the university sector. We have a hands-on track record of building and supporting growing innovative businesses, so we know the advice we give makes a difference and what we do

Backed By Industry Experts

Our panel of expert reviewers include some of Australia’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders. They understand the value of getting to market quickly and how access to R&D cashflow can make the difference.

Backed By Industry Experts

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The Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) provides a tax offset for eligible R&D activities, and in this way encourages companies to undertake R&D that benefits Australia.

It has two components:

  1. A refundable tax offset for entities whose turnover is under $20million
  2. A non-refundable offset for entities with more than $20million turnover

Eligible companies can receive upto 43.5% of their R&D expenditure as a rebate

To claim the R&D Tax Incentive, entities must:

  • undertaking R&D throughout the income year.
  • Have their R&D registered with AusIndustry.
  • Points below plus cut offs i.e. 20m, minimum spend, etc

Then the program is available to companies who are:

  • incorporated under Australian law
  • incorporated under foreign law but an Australian resident for income purposes
  • incorporated under foreign law and a resident of a country with which Australia has a double tax agreement

In its most simple terms R&D Finance is a loan that uses the R&D Tax Incentive receipt at the end of the financial year as repayment. You can only access this loan if you are expecting an R&DTI rebate. So the R&DTI allows a company the safety of knowing they will receive money, in the form of the rebate, when the financial year ends, while R&D Finance allows them to access that money when they need it most through the year.

If you are eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive and spend at least $20,000 in Australian R&D then you can apply for R&D Financing. Most R&D Finance lenders, however, will only lend fund if spend on R&D is more than $100,000 during that financial year.

Many young companies spending heavily on R&D may be pre-revenue making borrowing from traditional financial institutions almost impossible. R&D Finance can provide the cash injection a company needs to:

  1. 1.Bring forward commercialisation plans
  2. Expediate further R&D activities
  3. Support further growth
  4. Satisfy ongoing cash flow needs
  5. Delay or avoid expensive equity injections

Applying for R&D Financing through a provider is as easy as making contact with them and returning required information needed to make sure the company is eligible for the R&DTI. 

Some of the information you will likely be asked to provide will be around:

  • Company information
  • Tax Details
  • R&D details
  • Financing details

You can borrow upto 80-85% of your year to date / expected R&DTI Rebate. This amount provides a safety buffer meaning you will not overextend on the loan, as allowing cover for the capitalised interest through the loan period.

The process of receiving the money begins once all the requested information has been received by the lender. Typically, the money can be received fairly quickly, inside a week

The costs are standard and fixed:

Application Fee – $500
Interest Charge – 1.33% / month

Borrowers have the choice of drawing their loans when and how they want. The options in how you structure your loan are solely limited by what your accrued refund is i.e. you can do a one off loan, quarterly facility, or when required.  However, we do not offer draw down facilities.

No repayments are required throughout the life of the loan.  Typically our borrowers accrue the interest through the loan until the whole loan plus interest is paid off when the R&DTI rebate is received. 

No, there is a minimum loan period / interest charge, however no penalties or fees for repaying early.

Unfortunately not, we are only able to lend against the R&DTI.   

No, Personal Guarantees are not required for our loans.

R&D Claims

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