About the Academy

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Today’s 12-year-old girls will be the entrepreneurs of 2030. The Academy for Enterprising Girls offers an amazing opportunity to provide these young women with the tools they need to take control of their working life, and to develop the mindset and passion for entrepreneurial and STEM-based careers.

Research

This independent evaluation report was commissioned by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) as a funding condition of the Australian Government, and prepared by Accenture.

The results are in and it’s a win-win!

Did you know that for every 1.8 male entrepreneurs in Australia there’s only 1 female? If this figure was equal, Australia’s Gross Value Added (GVA) could be $400B higher per year, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman? This discrepancy begins at school, with a gender disparity in STEM subjects.

The Academy for Enterprising Girls’ national schools workshop program was designed to address this issue head-on. And now we know it’s working.

Recently launched, the 2023 Accenture independent evaluation of the Academy for Enterprising Girls program, designed to encourage girls aged 10-18 into a career in STEM or entrepreneurship, tells us:

  • The Government-funded program could generate a $34.6m net economic benefit over participants’ lifetime
  • One in 10 students now intend to change career pathways and pursue careers in entrepreneurship and STEM as a direct result of the program
  • Our dedicated school teachers have played a significant part in these positive changes, by implementing Online Classroom, a free one-stop-shop for teachers leading online entrepreneurial education.

Want to know more?

This timely, comprehensive 55-page report has all the information, statistics and background resulting in the program’s successful drive for change in encouraging our young female students into STEM and entrepreneurship, now and into the future.