ygap First Gens welcomes a new cohort to its first virtual accelerator program

Australia’s first compostable straw, a social enterprise cafe, a storytelling agency, an online marketplace for social enterprises are among the twelve ventures that have been selected for the ygap First Gens 2020 program.

The First Gens program supports the most ambitious, game-changing impact ventures led by migrants and refugees that are improving the lives of people living in disadvantage in Australia. 

The internationally acclaimed program comprises of a five-day intensive virtual program to fast track the ventures, access to mentorship and tailored support from ygap’s extensive network of technical and entrepreneurial mentors, access to pro-bono professional service providers including Hall & Wilcox and Pinnacle Health, small grants and up to $50,000 in funding for the most promising, viable ventures.

While our ventures face challenges that have been intensified as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, ygap First Gens will continue to back our ventures by providing a supportive community, sharing resources and opportunities so together, we can survive the challenges that lie ahead of us and work towards creating a better world for all. 

“We are so excited to be welcoming a new cohort to the First Gens program. It’s such a privilege during these times to be able to fulfil our promise and commitment to continue supporting diverse founders across the Australian ecosystem. We are looking forward to working with these amazing founders to grow their businesses and maximise their social impact in the communities they serve.” – Adelide Mutinda, First Gens Program Manager

For more information, please contact: Kim Nguyen (First Gens program coordinator) at kim.nguyen@ygap.org.

Meet the new cohort: