Who we are

The Accelerator for Enterprising Women is a national initiative designed to support and empower young women (or those who identify as female) aged 18 to 24 to create self-made Job Maker career paths in entrepreneurship. The program is funded under the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program. The program seeks to build an industry alliance of Australia’s digital leaders, education professionals, entrepreneurial organisations as well as large and small businesses, to ensure Australia’s next generation of businesswomen have the skills to run their own businesses or transform the industries in which they work.

Did you know…

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Only 8% of Australian start-ups are female-led.

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In Australia only 17% of people working in STEM-skilled professions are women.

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Women only make up 21% of tertiary graduates with a STEM-related degree.

Women earn less than their male counterparts in science, IT and engineering.

We’re on a Mission to change that

The Accelerator for Enterprising Women brings together the collective might of an industry alliance on a mission to accelerate change in women’s lives! The four key program offerings are aimed at empowering and supporting young female entrepreneurs and job makers to achieve success and have a positive impact on their futures.


Throughout 2021, Summit Events will take place at universities across the country, with the first event kicking off at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on March 18. These FREE events will bring together an invaluable alliance of industry partners offering young female entrepreneurs and business women access to a network of resources and connections. Other Summit Events around Australia include: 

– Sydney – University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
– Adelaide – University of South Australia
– Melbourne – Swinburne University of Technology
– Brisbane – Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
– Perth – Murdoch University
– Hobart – University of Tasmania
– Sydney – University of Sydney 

The events will consist of a panel discussion, guest speaker address and industry breakout rooms. Ideation Sessions in the afternoon offer attendees the chance to develop their ideas for submission into the National Kickstarter Challenge. The events are open to all young women aged 18 to 24 and are not restricted to students of the university. The panel discussion and guest speaker address will be available via live stream on the @AcceleratorforW Facebook page and On Demand here on our website. There will be a film crew at the national summit filming the Content Series (more on that below) and attendees will also receive a swag bag full of merchandise. 

Young women around Australia are encouraged to take part in this competition by submitting their entrepreneurial or business idea online. Applications will be accepted in the form of video (up to 90 seconds), voice-over powerpoint presentation, poster or any other creative way that excites you! Entries close on 17 October 2021. 

Applicants are not just limited to those who have attended a Summit Event, however you must be currently working on your idea, or have only just started your business within the last 12 months. 

Five finalists will be selected, one in each of the judging categories. These finalists will have the opportunity to attend the Kickstarter Challenge Grand Final and pitch their idea to decision makers in Canberra. The winner(s) will receive seed capital funding.

All women are invited to attend a FREE Incubator Workshop near you between April – October 2021. 16 workshops will be held across Australia (virtual and face-to-face), register your interest via the Incubator Workshop page here on our website. Attendees will be supported in the ideation process and will be provided with expert advice on how to refine their submission for the Kickstarter Competition. Dates and locations TBC. 

This is a soon-to-be launched online tool offering a comprehensive directory of resources, content, networking and learning opportunities. It is free to access and available to all women aged 18 to 24. Resources will include; business basics, marketing hacks, scaling tips, grant application fact sheets and more. If you’re a provider of this content already we would love to hear from you to help promote what you have to offer too! Please get in touch with us via the contact form below.

The Content Series will follow the entrepreneurial journeys’ of young women from around Australia on the road to submitting their entries into the Kickstarter Challenge. We are looking for confident young women, with a bright idea, to feature in the series so if you have someone in mind please get in touch with us via the contact form below. 

Yes the initiative is funded under the Federal Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Grant 2021-2023. It is an extension of the Academy for Enterprising Girls that launched in 2019.

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