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Boosting Female Founders grants available now

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Grant applications are now open for the Boosting Female Founders Initiative; an program intended to help female entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their start-ups and create local jobs.

The program provides targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of start-ups to scale into domestic and global markets. The program also provides expert mentoring and advice to applicants. Grants of between $25,000 and $480,000 are available for female founded start-ups (majority owned and led by women) on a co-contribution basis with an estimated $11.6 million in grant funding available from the Australian Government.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • stimulate private sector investments into innovative start-ups led by women
  • help women entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their start-ups
  • enable female founders to scale-up, expand into domestic and global markets, and become self-sufficient
  • boost the economy through increasing the diversity of start-up founders.

For more information and applications, go to the Australian Government's Business website.

Applications close on 22 April 2021.