What is the Boosting Female Founders Initiative?

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative Round 1 is a funding program to help female founders of startup businesses to launch and scale their businesses into domestic and global markets. It will help female entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages they face in getting access to finance and support, to grow their startups.

 

Background

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative will run over three years from 2020-21 to 2022-23. The program is part of the Women’s Economic Security Package, which helps to support more Australian women into work and supports Australia’s international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The program will provide targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses (startups) to launch and scale their businesses into domestic and global markets.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative are to:

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

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • increased number of startups founded by women
  • new products and services are brought to market by startups founded by women
  • increased financial investment in startups founded by women
  • women improve their earning potential through entrepreneurship
  • increased job creation and economic growth.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $18 million. For the Boosting Female Founders Initiative Round 1, $6 million is available.

The grants will be available on a co-contribution basis, in two tiers as follows:

  • Tier one – $25,000 to $100,000 ($140,000 if you meet additional requirements)
  • Tier two – $100,001 to $400,000 ($480,000 if you meet additional requirements)

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs – unless you can meet additional requirements.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • support and grow your female founded startup
  • support your female founded startup to launch and scale into domestic and global markets
  • have at least $50,000 in eligible project expenditure

The program may also approve other activities.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Boosting Female Founders Initiative, you must:

  • be a female founded (majority owned and led by women) startup
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • be one of the following entities:
    • an entity incorporated in Australia
    • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
    • a partnership
    • a sole trader.

In addition, the Boosting Female Founders Initiative program can only accept applications where you can:

  • show evidence that your startup is a female founded (majority owned and led by women), see section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines for further information on the definition of a female founded business
  • provide evidence to support your source of funding (e.g. letter from contributor/s confirming funding amount) (Stage Two applications only)
  • provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding

 

Timing

Applications close 14 April 2020.

 

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