About the program
Today’s 12-year-old girls will be the entrepreneurs of 2025. We have the opportunity to provide them with the tools they need to take control of their working life, and to develop the mindset and passion for entrepreneurial and STEM-based careers.
The Academy for Enterprising Girls (AEG) is a newly developed, entrepreneurship program designed to cultivate young women’s skills in design thinking, coding and business skills. The Academy has been developed with thanks to grant funding for the Future Female Entrepreneur Program.
The Academy is a place for young women to learn, discover and do and features;
A one-stop-shop digital platform for students, with content on of entrepreneurship, design thinking, innovation and business
Self-paced online learning for girls aged 10 - 18 years old via The Academy for Enterprising Girls eLearning platform.
Around 100 face-to-face workshop programs across Australian throughout 2020
Expert advice from some of Australia’s most inspiring businesswomen on topics such as learning to be resilient, understanding the art of problem-solving, developing the confidence to bring your ideas to life
An alliance of business, technology, education, community and government to encourage the next generation of Australian women leaders
Why STEM & entrepreneurship?
This Australian Government program is keen to encourage more young women to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), and to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
With this in mind, the FFEP was formed as an alliance of government, business, technology, and education sectors is ultimately aiming to prepare young women through the Academy for a future of work reliant on innovation.
Women are critically underrepresented in (STEM) professions, and Australia is facing a significant shortfall across the pipeline of essential STEM skills providing a challenge and an opportunity.
STEM skills underpin innovation and economic growth at a national level, and at an individual level workers are increasingly required to develop employees technological and entrepreneurial
skills of problem-solving, critical thinking and communications to prepare for the future of work.
A high-impact national awareness campaign will run alongside the Academy and raise the visibility and prominence of STEM.
Building an Alliance
The AEG is a comprehensive platform accessible to ALL Australian women between 10 and 18 with engaging content aimed at developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
The digital platform will combine newly created materials supplemented with existing industry resources all in one easy location. Alongside this, a national in-person workshop program will be held with around 100 in locations across Australia.
Building entrepreneurial mindsets in Australia’s young women’s is an opportunity to turn ordinary issues into an economic opportunity, to turn every day workplaces into thriving businesses and ensure Australia’s next generation of women have the skills to run their own businesses or transform the industries in which they will work.
This program will provide graduates with concrete skills to help secure their own economic future.
The FFEP grant
The Academy for Enterprising Girls is is funded by a $3.7 million grant to the Future Female Entrepreneurs’ Program from the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet’s Office for Women as part of its 2018 Women’s Economic Statement. The program is administered by the not-for-profit Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) in order to create links between small and large businesses, technology companies, educators and community groups. The mission is to create more pathways for young women to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
The objectives of the grant are to fund:
The development of a digital platform to provide a one stop shop for new and existing resources and programs on entrepreneurship, STEM, financial literacy and digital skills targeted towards the needs and interests of young women and girls; and
The development and facilitation of nationwide digital and in-person training to enable more young women and girls to engage in entrepreneurial activity.
The Future Female Entrepreneurs Program Grant is matched by funding from industry to underscore the multidisciplinary approach to female entrepreneurship.
By working with government, STEM industries, and business, Australia can supercharge the next generation of entrepreneurs.