Kickstarter season is here!

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Kickstarter season is here!

Female founders descended on Parliament House in Canberra today as the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher officially launched the 2023 Kickstarter Challenge.

This year’s competition will be bigger than ever, with the age cap removed, allowing all women aged 18+ eligible to submit their business idea or start-up initiative. With a prize pool of $60,000 and exclusive mentoring opportunities for the finalists, the program aims to support and empower Australian women to create self-made career paths and pursue entrepreneurship as a viable career choice.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program, Minister Gallagher is urging all female go-getters to apply for the Kickstarter Challenge.

“The Government is very proud to support Kickstarter, which empowers women to foster their bright ideas and energy to become Australia’s next generation of innovative business leaders,” Minister Gallagher said.

Katy Gallagher

Accelerator for Enterprising Women In the Spotlight

The launch has gained much momentum for the 2023 program and highlighted the upcoming opportunities for Australian women. Take a look at us in the media and learn more about how you can get involved and become an Enterprising Woman yourself!

It’s so important that the government supports women in entrepreneurship – Sky News

How can budding businesswomen with big ideas forge a path in entrepreneurship? – ABC News

The Accelerator for Enterprising Women is a program “that can change lives” – Her Canberra

What's next? Here's how you can be part of it.

This year’s Kickstarter categories will be:

STEM and Technology

Health, Wellbeing and the Care Economy

Climate Change and Sustainability

Women’s Economic Equality 

In addition, a fifth finalist will be chosen from entrants who nominate for the Popular Vote category.

To help prepare for the competition, women will be invited to attend a series of free Female Founder Festivals, held around the country. These events will give attendees access to valuable business resources and an alliance of established entrepreneurs and role models. 

Additionally, intensive Incubator Workshops will be held to help attendees grow their ideas from an initial concept into something they are ready to share with the world.

Winner of the inaugural Kickstarter Challenge, Hailey Brown, said being part of the Accelerator for Enterprising Women “was truly a pivotal moment” for her business, Vacayit, a storytelling app which provides immersive audio guides to travellers who are blind or have low vision.

“Enterprising Women’s invaluable funding, resources, mentorship, and community helped us propel our business to new heights,” Hailey said 

“We’re incredibly grateful for the critical role that the program has played in our success and growth.” 

Submissions for the Kickstarter Challenge will open later this year. Interested applicants should register their interest to ensure they receive regular updates about Female Founder Festivals, Incubator Workshops and key dates for submissions.