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First Gens Program - Australia

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 20, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on July 1, 2021
StartNorth Accelerator Program logo
StartNorth Accelerator Program logo

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.

The facts:
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

Important note:
Applications that have not been completed in full will not be considered. Please make sure you have completed all sections.

For more information please visit

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 20
Jun 20

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jun 21
Jun 21

Thanks, Ana.