When you’re young, it can be hard to get people to take you seriously. But what if you have a world-changing, super stellar idea that needs to come to life? Follow in the footsteps of some young entrepreneurs before you and get involved in these young entrepreneurship programs in STEM. You’ll foster your ideas from hope to reality, using your STEM skills to ground your project in real-world results. Best of all? You’ll probably make some new friendships too!
GirlBoss New Zealand
New Zealand | Mentoring & events
Alexia Hilbertidou created this entrepreneurial venture when she was a high school student at Albany Senior High in NZ. Now it’s grown to nearly 8,000 members, delivering workshops that inspire the next generation of female leaders to schools around New Zealand. You can join the online community and sign up to their newsletter, here.
Australia | Mentoring & events
Created as the Australian branch of GirlBoss, Changemakeher is a great program to get involved in if you’re interested in STEM and entrepreneurship. Boys are welcome too, as workshops and conferences mentor students to become the best person that they can be – no matter the gender.
Australia | Mentoring & business accelerator
Barayamal is the brain-child of Dean Foley, Kamilaroi man from Gunnedah, NSW. The start-up accelerator focuses on providing opportunities and support for young Indigenous Australians in business and entrepreneurship. Attend summits and workshops in person, or download the Indigipreneur Podcast or get plugged into e-mentoring. There’s heaps of options!
Check out our interview with Barayamal founder, Dean Foley.
Auckland | Competition
This is a competition for young Auckland entrepreneurs (between the ages of 15-24) to get their ideas off the ground. You could win a business startup package (including office spaces, mentoring, tech and more) worth $10,000. Show ‘em what you’re made of!
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.