ygap Newsletter - April 2019

ygap Newsletter - April 2019


Note from our CEO

Hello ygap Community,

We have successfully piloted yher, our female-focused accelerator program designed by women for women,  across Africa, the Pacific and Bangladesh.

This year, we plan to go full-scale.

So this month the ygap team has been all hands on deck  developing our brand new fundraising campaign to support the global rollout of full-scale yher Program and we will need your support to make this a reality.

Our fundraising campaign will be asking our community to embrace an all-inclusive conversation about supporting all genders.

We look forward to inviting you into the conversation.

Check out yher – Partner with Us if you are interested in finding out more about our yher Program, read up on some of the yher entrepreneur case studies and see what the entrepreneurs had to say about their experience with us!

Until next time, we will be right here Backing Local Change.

 

Kind regards,

Manita Ray


First Gens - Applications Closing this Friday, May 3rd, Midnight AEST

We are recruiting for the next cohort of First Gens entrepreneurs! This is our third cohort and we are offering 12 migrants and refugees an opportunity to fast-track their early-stage venture.

Our program will offer training, mentorship, a community of inspiring like-minded entrepreneurs tailored support, micro-grants and up-to $25,000 in funding.

Our alumni have initiatives that work to reduce disadvantage in Australia across sectors in education, disability, legal aid, training and employment.

The best part – the program is completely complimentary.

The application only takes 10 minutes to complete and offers a lifetime of value and closes at Midnight tonight!

Find out more: www.ygap.org/firstgens

Apply Now

evac - Ending Violence Against Children Accelerator

Funds raised from the 2018 Polished Man campaign are supporting a groundbreaking new Australia-wide initiative – evac (ending violence against children) program will find and back deeply impactful social ventures focusing on trauma prevention and trauma recovery programs for one of the most vulnerable members of our community: children.

If you know of someone working in this space simply forward on this email and let them know about this new initiative which comes free of charge and asks for nothing in return.

We are simply happy to see that there are great initiatives out there aiming to help children, and we feel it is our duty to ensure they have adequate access to support to ensure their success and growth.

 

We are currently in recruitment mode, find out more: www.ygap.org/evac

More About evac

ygap South Africa Accelerator

Earlier this month we held our ygap South Africa April Accelerator where we spent the week working with 13 of the country’s best social impact entrepreneurs aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With Education and Employment being the back-bone of the South African future prosperity – we were delighted to have 11 ventures supporting these sectors.

We look forward to sharing with you the progress and development of each one of these ventures experiences.


One Entrepreneur's Story

Huy’s Story

After contracting polio at a young age, Huy has experienced first-hand the challenges of living with a disability including being supported by disability support workers who have not been adequately trained to support his particular needs.

 

The Problem

Australia’s disability support workforce has the second highest rate of workplace injury. This is primarily due to a lack of training. Further to this, half a million people in Australia rely on disability

support workers to help them through their day.

 

His Solution

Enabler is a digital training platform for disability support workers. Enabler uses gaming technology so that support workers can have interactive simulated scenarios based on the needs of the people that they are supporting.

 

Theory of Change

By providing disability support workers with a more engaging and appropriate training solution, the number of injuries in the workplace will decrease. Further to this, by increasing the amount of adequately trained support workers, the support available to those living with a disability will be improved.

 

Traction

To date, 15 disability support workers have accessed training through the Enabler software.


What are we excited about for next month?

What are we excited about for May?

  1. Launching the yher fundraising campaign!
    Get involved, it is 2019 and it’s time all genders were finally treated equally. 
  2. Selecting the third FirstGens Cohort
    The applications we have already received are incredible. 
  3. Sharing the Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration (GLIA) Tool Kit
    We look forward to working with other accelerators and incubators in creating an all-inclusive ecosystem. 
  4. The outcome of our first ever Co-Design Workshop
    It is our responsibility to ensure we are offering the best possible support for our segment focused groups, migrants and refugees being one


On a personal note...

From everyone in our team, I want to acknowledge the horror of the attacks that happened across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and send my love and support to anyone in our community or extended community who may have been affected.

Let’s keep working together courageously and continue to make a better world.


ygap Newsletter - April 2019

ygap Newsletter - April 2019


Note from our CEO

Hello ygap Community,

This month the ygap team has focused on developing a brand new fundraising campaign to support the global roll out of the yher Program – a female-focused accelerator program designed by women for women.

We at ygap find it unacceptable that it is 2019 and there is no country in the world where all genders have equal access to opportunities in pursuing their social impact venture growth.

After running 45 our accelerators and supporting 454 entrepreneurs globally we found that women were majorly under supported with 97% of Venture Capital Funding going to male-led ventures.

Our theory was that if we offered a female-focused accelerator and support program in the regions we already operated, that this would attract high potential emerging female leaders looking for support.

What we didn’t expect was to receive 847 applications across the three regions.

Within this fundraising campaign we will be asking our community to embrace an all-inclusive conversation about supporting all genders.

We look forward to inviting you in the conversation.

Check outyher – Partner with Usif you are interested in finding out more about our yher Program, read up on some of the yher entrepreneur case studies and see what the entrepreneurs had to say about their experience with us!

Until next time, we will be right here Backing Local Change.

Kind regards,
Manita Ray


First Gens - Applications Closing this Friday, May 3rd

Over the past month we have been recruiting for the next cohort of First Gens entrepreneurs. For the third time round, we are offering 12 migrants and refugees an opportunity to fast-track their early-stage venture.

Our program will offer training, mentorship, a community of inspiring like-minded entrepreneurs tailored support, micro-grants and up-to $25,000 in funding.

Our alumni have initiatives that work to reduce disadvantage in Australia across sectors in education, disability, legal aid, training and employment.

The best part – the program is completely complimentary.

The application only takes 10 minutes to complete and offers a lifetime of value!

Find out more: www.ygap.org/firstgens

Apply Now

evac - Ending Violence Against Children Accelerator

Funds raised from the 2018 Polished Man campaign are financing a groundbreaking new Australia-wide initiative – evac (ending violence against children) program will find and back game-changing social ventures focusing on trauma prevention and trauma recovery programs for the most vulnerable members of our community: children.

If you know of someone working in this space simply forward on this email and let them know about this new initiative which comes free of charge and asks for nothing in return.

We are simply happy to see that there are great initiatives out there aiming to help children, and we feel it is our duty to ensure they have adequate access to support to ensure their success and growth.

We are currently in recruitment mode, find out more: www.ygap.org/evac

More About evac

ygap South Africa Accelerator

Earlier this month we held our ygap South Africa April Accelerator where we spent the week working with 13 game changing social impact entrepreneurs aligned with the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

With Education and Employment being the back-bones of the South African future prosperity – we were delighted to have 11 ventures supporting these sectors.

We look forward to sharing with you the progress and development of each one of these ventures experiences.

Read The Campaign Report

One Entrepreneur's Story

Huy Nguyen, First Gens 2018 Graduate.

Huy’s Story
After contracting polio at a young age, Huy has experienced first-hand the challenges of living with a disability including being supported by disability support workers who have not been adequately trained to support his particular needs.

The Problem
Australia’s disability support workforce has the second highest rate of workplace injury. This is primarily due to a lack of training. Further to this, half a million people in Australia rely on disability
support workers to help them through their day.

His Solution
Enabler is a digital training platform for disability support workers. Enabler uses gaming technology so that support workers can have interactive simulated scenarios based on the needs of the people that they are supporting.

Theory of Change
By providing disability support workers with a more engaging and appropriate training solution, the number of injuries in the workplace will decrease. Further to this, by increasing the amount of adequately trained support workers, the support available to those living with disability will be improved.

Traction
To date, 15 disability support workers have accessed training through the Enabler software.


What are we excited about for next month?

What are we excited about?

  1. Launching our new segment focused accelerator, EVAC
    (A special prize for anyone that can guess what it stands for…)
  2. Receiving an influx of applications for First Gens and yher Pacific
    (Help us spread the word by forwarding on the email to anyone that might be interested)
  3. Announcing a brand new fundraising campaign!
    (Yes it’s time we raised some much needed funds to help expand access to our accelerator)
  4. Partnering up with a PR Agency to help us spread the word of our work
    (Currently on the lookout – help us out if you know anyone)
  5. The official launch of the GLIA – ready to transform the way we manage the topic of gender in the workplace!


Ps. On a Personal Note….

I am first to admit that I was one of those people REALLY excited when I knew #FEARLESSGIRL was coming to Melbourne. For me, she represents who I strived to be my whole life (sometimes I succeeded, sometimes I failed) and who I continue to strive to be today. My kids were probably bored to death of me ranting about what she symbolised, but my son got the pose down pat!

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ygap Newsletter - March 2019

ygap Newsletter - March 2019


Note from our CEO

Hello ygap Community,

It has been a challenging time following the attacks in Christchurch over two weeks ago.

This attack struck particularly close to home. Many of my friends and colleagues are Muslim. And of course, this attack was in one of our neighbouring countries, committed by an Australian. For the first time, I shared in the fear that many feel every day.

This attack was close to all of us at ygap. Many of our global team and entrepreneurs we support, especially those in Bangladesh, follow the Muslim faith and this was an attack on those we love and respect.

ygap believes in the power of entrepreneurship and the power of people. We are not a faith-based organisation and we respect and honour beliefs across many faiths.

What happened in Christchurch was intended to incite fear and hatred. Yet what it has done is bring us together to be even stronger and to lead with courage.

True leadership is about making courageous decisions and leading through fear.  We see this every day through the work of our entrepreneurs: they fight harder in the face of challenges they face every single day.

At ygap, we will continue to back our local leaders and work through their challenges with them.

Thank you for continuing on this journey with us.

Kind regards,
Manita Ray


yher Pacific 2019 - Applications Open!

We began yher with the aim of creating a more feminine approach to accelerating social impact businesses and an equal platform. One that provides a welcoming space for women to come together, inspire each other, and most importantly address the unique challenges female entrepreneurs face.

The facts:

  • Globally less than 3% of VC funding goes to women led businesses.
  • 94% of decision makers at VC firms are men.
  • Of 131 corporate accelerator programs, 87% are run by men.
  • Women do 2.6 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men.

We aren’t just talking about these statistics, we are doing something about them.

So far we’ve supported 63 female led social ventures across Africa, the Pacific and Bangladesh.

In 2019, we are excited to be expanding our Bangladesh program to South Asia – and to introduce an improved support program including access to small grants, financial advice and mentorship, as well as exciting perks and support from our partners.

Right now, we are looking for the next cohort of 15 of the highest potential female entrepreneurs with a game-changing venture to participate in our yher Pacific Program.

Our Vision is a world where male and female founders have an equal platform to launch and grow their social ventures.

Apply Now

First Gens November Graduations and June Applications are Open!

The First Gens Showcase event was held at the Immigration Museum earlier this month. It was a full house of support for these outstanding individuals who have come to the graduation moment of a challenging, transformative three month training program.

We are offering an opportunity for the next group of ambitious, game-changing impact ventures led by migrants and refugees in Australia to participate in our third ygap First Gens Program.

The First Gens initiative supports migrant and refugee led social impact ventures that are improving the lives of people living in disadvantage in Australia. Successful applicants participate in an award-winning accelerator week, have access to a range of tailored support and have the opportunity to pitch for up to $25,000 in funding.

Applications close on the 28th of April and the accelerator kicks off on the 10th of June.

More About First Gens

Polished Man 2018 Campaign Report

Last year over 15K people were a part of a powerful movement of men and women who polished up, stood up and said ‘no’ to violence against children.  We’re so delighted to share with you the record-breaking success of the 2018 campaign that raised $1.7m.

Read The Campaign Report

Focusing on Gender in the Workplace

ygap are leading the development of a Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration (GLIA) Toolkit as part of our partnership with Frontier Incubators, by working with over 45 global partners to understand best practices. We have developed over 80 highly practical and applicable strategies for intermediaries to apply across their organisation, program and ecosystem. We can’t wait to share this with you and, importantly, apply it formally to our work.


Speaking at the Social Impact Forum 2019

It was with great honour that we were invited by Matthew Boyd, CEO and founder of Vollie, to speak at the Social Impact Forum Rotary Event on the topic of how we are leading the discussion of gender inequality and inequity in the social impact space. The point we emphasised was: if we really believe in creating deep and effective sustainable impact, then we must make gender equality a top priority. Issues and statistics around this can be confronting, but by not addressing these we will cause further harm, not only to individuals but social impact itself.


“Are you talking to me?”- The Importance of Literacy

We had the opportunity to speak at the Vic Forum Event, by Polaron, about how ygap has a deliberate approach to designing and delivering our program so it is understood by entrepreneurs from non-english speaking backgrounds.

In Australia, we speak over 300 languages, practise over 100 religions and are the product of a unique blend of established traditions and new influences.

Literacy in entrepreneurship is critical if entrepreneurs want to create effective change. This is particularly relevant in our work – we exist to support entrepreneurs, most who come from non-english speaking backgrounds.

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Leading the “Women Empowerers” Salesforce Event

We were invited to speak at a Salesforce event on the theme of Equality, titled “Women Empowerers”, with Div Pillay from Mind Tribes, Kim Anderson from SheEO and Jon Yeo from Tedx Melbourne.  

We discussed the power of supporting not only female entrepreneurs, but being deliberate about all genders, addressing intersectionality and what we are all doing to create an equal platform for the most marginalised in our community.

A big thanks to Salesforce for hosting an incredible panel and event.


ygap Entrepreneurs Invited to the United Nations?!

ygap has developed an exciting partnership with the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE), who are offering our social entrepreneurs the opportunity to attend a conference for the United Nations at their Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) forum in New York!

All ygap entrepreneurs are automatically entered into the Call for Innovations, which asks for change agents worldwide to submit workable solutions addressing Sustainable Development Goals 4, 8, 10, 13, and 16. We are excited to provide another opportunity for international recognition to the ventures we support! The GIE partnership will allow our entrepreneurs to be connected to exciting events like the STI Forum, along with potential funders and donors looking to back innovative solutions to international development.


Where are they now? - ygap Alumni ENDA

‘Harambee’ is Kenya’s official motto. In Swahili, it means “let’s all pull together” and is used to refer to moments where communities come together to accomplish something individuals couldn’t do alone.

Just like ygap, ENDA is all about Harambee.

ENDA was founded with a mission of bringing Kenyan athletic greatness to runners everywhere and fueling economic development in Kenya.  Their mission seemed impossible until a community of family, friends, strangers and ygap came together to help raise the initial funds needed to get their venture going.

Today, thanks to this support, they’re creating jobs, they’re giving portions of sales back to the community and they’re changing the way the world sees Kenya – by showcasing themselves as not only the experts at running, but also designing and manufacturing running shoes.

Today they need your support to launch their new game changing shoe, the ENDA Lapatet.

A $100 donation towards their Kickstarter will not only get you a pair of the sweet kicks, but also the pride of supporting this outstanding local Kenyan social impact venture.

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What are we excited about?

  • Launching our new segment focused accelerator, EVAC
    (A special prize for anyone that can guess what it stands for…)
  • Receiving an influx of applications for First Gens and yher Pacific
    (Help us spread the word by forwarding on the email to anyone that might be interested)
  • Announcing a brand new fundraising campaign!
    (Yes it’s time we raised some much needed funds to help expand access to our accelerator)
  • Partnering up with a PR Agency to help us spread the word of our work
    (Currently on the lookout – help us out if you know anyone)
  • The official launch of the GLIA – ready to transform the way we manage the topic of gender in the workplace!


Ps. On a Personal Note….

I am first to admit that I was one of those people REALLY excited when I knew #FEARLESSGIRL was coming to Melbourne. For me, she represents who I strived to be my whole life (sometimes I succeeded, sometimes I failed) and who I continue to strive to be today. My kids were probably bored to death of me ranting about what she symbolised, but  my son got the pose down pat!



ygap Newsletter - December 2018

ygap Newsletter
December 2018

It’s been a busy and exciting end of year period for the team, both locally and globally. We had an incredibly successful Polished Man Campaign here in Australia, our first Kenyan Growth Hack, the yher accelerator in South Africa, the ygap Australian First Gens accelerator, the seed funding pitch nights, the Annual Impact Tour and much more! Earlier this month, we were also invited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to go to Singapore to lead in-depth sessions around gender and power in the social entrepreneurship space during the Frontier Incubators workshop. Aaron Tait and I delved into the issues around power, privilege and bias and how these work to either oppress or advantage different gendered groups.


ygap Newsletter - October 2018

ygap Newsletter
October 2018

“At ygap, we believe that when the forces of government, business, not-for-profits and academia collaborate, it is one of the most powerful ways to create sustainable and effective change in lifting communities out of poverty.”

– Manita Ray, CEO


ygap Newsletter - September 2018

ygap x PM Newsletter
September 2018

ygap’s Polished Man campaign encourages men (and women) to take a stand and actively commit to ending violence against children by painting one nail for the month of October. By representing this harrowing statistic, they raise a conversation as well as awareness and funds to ensure no child suffers from violence.

We believe in a world where no child suffers from violence. Because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child, and we all have the power to change this. But the reality right now is very different. One child dies every five minutes as a result of violence. That’s one too many.