In Australia, migrants and refugees continue to face increased challenges when starting a business, participating in the community and searching for employment.
These challenges include:
Access to funding | Access to social networks | Access to information | Discrimination
ygap developed the First Gens program to address these challenges by providing funding, world-class training and access to ygap’s extensive network of mentors, investors, advisors and supporters, and a supportive community.
Since launching in 2018, the ygap First Gens Program has supported 48 migrant and refugee-led impact ventures representing founders from 20 different countries and distributed over $175,000 in funding.
These ventures have gone on to multiply their revenues, raise investment, create new jobs and impact thousands of lives in Australia.
a) Migrants are almost twice as likely to be entrepreneurs as the wider Australian population – with refugees being the most entrepreneurial migrant group.
b) One in three owners of small businesses is born overseas with migrant businesses employing more than 1.4 million Australians, making a huge contribution to the Australian economy.
c) Migrant-owned small business will lead to an estimated 200,000 jobs created in the next 5-10 years.
Utilize This Offer
The StartNorth Accelerator is an exciting joint initiative by StartNorth & ygap.
StartNorth will be providing this accelerator program, delivered by ygap, to support and grow businesses and help them refine their business and impact models.
The program will consist of a five half-day online accelerator followed by three months of tailored support.
Mentorship opportunities, access to grants of up to $1,000, and complimentary StartNorth memberships for the length of the program and beyond, will also be included.
Who we are looking for:
• Migrant or refugee resident, aged 18 or over;
• Business is currently operating;
• Business is generating revenue;
• Business wanting to grow.
Applications close: Friday, 2 July 2021
Applications that have not been completed in full will not be considered. Please make sure you have completed all sections.
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