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.