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What is the Academy for Enterprising Girls?

The Academy for Enterprising Girls (AEG) is a free innovative entrepreneurship program, co-funded by the Australian Government, designed to cultivate young women’s skills in design thinking, technology and business skills.

This will be delivered via a self-paced online learning  program, featuring ten modules. There will also be over 100 in-person workshops in schools and communities, held in locations across Australia.

Why just for girls?

  • More women than ever are working, with 5.8 million now employed in Australia. Yet women still face a gender pay gap and the average superannuation of an Australian woman is 42 per cent below an Australian man. This disparity has long-term consequences for Australia and must be addressed for self-employed women in particular. 
  • Self-employment is an increasingly viable career path in Australia, particularly for women who would otherwise face barriers to workforce participation. Advances in digital technology and globalisation are reducing barriers to entrepreneurship. For example, the nbnco Connecting Australia study demonstrated that the percentage growth rate of female-led businesses in locations with NBN access was 23 times higher than in other areas. 
  • Despite the employment advantages of an entrepreneurial skill set, only 8% of Australian startups are female-led. There is also well-known gender disparity in STEM fields in Australia, with very low rates of female participation. 
  • Many women under 30 in Australia find the idea of self-employment highly appealing but lack the confidence and know-how to pursue it. 

How can the AEG support you in the classroom?

The platform is not designed to replace any current curriculum but will include resources and tools for teachers to augment and support the teaching of the current curriculum. The program is designed to build entrepreneurship/innovation initiatives and aims to help teachers without adding to their workload.

The Academy is a platform accessible to ALL young Australian women with engaging content aimed at developing an entrepreneurial mindset. The digital platform will combine newly created materials supplemented with existing industry resources all in one easy location.

Each module will take a minimum of 20 mins – and depending on how much time participants take to develop their ideas could take up to 1 hour or more. 

How was the AEG program developed?

The AEG was codesigned by secondary school students, educators, experienced entrepreneurs and industry leaders during 2019. We worked with entrepreneurial program providers – the Foundation for Young Australians, Young Change Agents, Future Anything and Tech Girls Movement – to ensure that the curriculum and content uses best practice in entrepreneurial education and where there were existing gaps in materials already on offer.

Our consultation and codesign process involved:

  • 168 girls from a range of backgrounds and across primary, secondary and Catholic education
  • 45 educators and educational experts, across primary, secondary and higher education providers
  • 39 industry stakeholders
  • Codesign and consultation events hosted by a range of corporate and educational partners including Google, Atlassian, Canva, Muru-D, Griffith University and CQUniversity

What will girls learn in the Academy?

The ten core modules in the program take users on a journey of discovery, using creative and engaging content (such as videos, interactive tasks and extension material) to help each user develop their own personalised end product or service.

Module topics are: Girl Founders (hearing from successful business woman and their stories), Finding An Opportunity, Everything Begins With An Idea, Walk In Her Shoes, Standing Out From The Crowd, Prototyping 101, Name It, Making Money, Prove It and Lift Off!  (see further detail below on this page)

At the completion of each module they will receive an ‘Achievement Shield’ and a skill ‘Badge’ related to the material in that module. The 10th and final module brings together all the skills they have learnt, based on their own activities and note taking, to create a personalised ‘Business Pitch Presentation’ that is stored as a business website on the AEG platform.  This can be shared with friends, family, teachers or even potential customers for their new idea or product.

How do I access the AEG resources?

The AEG platform can be used for self-directed learning or as part of your planned classroom activities.  It’s up to you!

The online learning program is also complemented by a series of articles, videos, case studies and other materials that you can use to encourage girls into STEM subjects and careers. Find them here>>

There are also over 100 face to face workshops being delivered nationally by expert providers, from half-day school-based workshops to multi-day offsite workshops.

Students must register individually to access the online materials. See below the details of our Child Safety Policy and other guidelines to ensure online activities are safely delivered.

Even if you are not able to incorporate the AEG materials into your classroom activities, you can encourage interested students to register for the Academy for Enterprising Girls and complete the modules in their own time. This will be another way you can influence the development of Australia’s future female workforce.

Program Safety

Please note, we have safeguards and policies in place to help protect girls participating in Academy, both online and at our face to face workshops.  

Look at our ‘Working with Children’ page to see more details about our organisational culture and Code of Conduct, our Child Safety Policy and our complaint form for reporting any concerns.  

Please be assured that we will be providing an open, welcoming and safe environment for all those participating in our program.

Find out more and spread the word

If you’re interested in learning more about the AEG get in touch!

We would also love it if you would share information about the AEG with your colleagues – the more girls that get access to this innovative new program, the greater chance they will have of becoming the entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future.

Share this link: https://enterprisinggirls.com.au/

We thank all of the fabulous educators who have contributed to the development of the e-learning and workshop curriculum. And those who are encouraging participation in their classrooms and at a home – right across Australia!

Educators Resources

Ideas don’t grow on trees
Growth Mindset
Good Business
Problem Solvers
Step by step guide to enrol in the Academy for Enterprising Girls eLearning Campus
“I want to run my own company” – Healthfield High School
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#1: Girl Founder

Get started on your path to becoming an Enterprising Girl as you discover how successful Girl Founders unlocked a growth mindset combining their passion, values and purpose to become ultimate problem solvers.

#2: Finding an opportunity

Develop empathy, community mapping and problem identification techniques to uncover an opportunity for your business to solve a problem for your customer.

#3: Everything begins with an idea

Let your imagination run wild as you rapidly develop possible solutions learning how to develop your ideas into business product or service.

#4: Walk in her shoes

Walk in the shoes of your customer, understanding their needs and preferences, and the benefits your business could bring to them.

#5: Standing out in a crowd

Consider what potential competitors are doing, and how your business will provide new or better value to your customers so your idea gets to shine in the crowd.

#6: Prototyping 101

Now you have an idea we'll explore how to quickly develop a prototype so you can show off your business ideas to others to get their support and feedback on your concept.

#7: Name it

Your business needs a name and a logo! Time to give it one.

#8: Making Money

Girls just want to have funds. Making Money will help you build a plan for your business to bring in your hard-earned cash.

#9: Prove it!

The proof is the pudding they say, and now it’s time to put your idea through its paces. Take it for your a test drive and make sure you're on the right path.

#10: Lift off

Your idea is ready for lift off! Make a plan to launch it, or learn some more.

#1: Girl Founder

Get started on your path to becoming an Enterprising Girl as you discover how successful Girl Founders unlocked a growth mindset combining their passion, values and purpose to become ultimate problem solvers.

#2: Finding an opportunity

Develop empathy, community mapping and problem identification techniques to uncover an opportunity for your business to solve a problem for your customer.

#3: Everything begins with an idea

Let your imagination run wild as you rapidly develop possible solutions learning how to develop your ideas into business product or service.

#4: Walk in her shoes

Walk in the shoes of your customer, understanding their needs and preferences, and the benefits your business could bring to them.

#5: Standing out in a crowd

Consider what potential competitors are doing, and how your business will provide new or better value to your customers so your idea gets to shine in the crowd.

#6: Prototyping 101

Now you have an idea we'll explore how to quickly develop a prototype so you can show off your business ideas to others to get their support and feedback on your concept.

#7: Name it

Your business needs a name and a logo! Time to give it one.

#8: Making Money

Girls just want to have funds. Making Money will help you build a plan for your business to bring in your hard-earned cash.

#9: Prove it!

The proof is the pudding they say, and now it’s time to put your idea through its paces. Take it for your a test drive and make sure you're on the right path.

#10: Lift off

Your idea is ready for lift off! Make a plan to launch it, or learn some more.

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Campus Open with 10 eLearning modules

Encourage the girls you teach to go to the campus and develop entrepreneurial thinking, business advice and learn more about bring their big ideas to life.

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Explore Our Content

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Browse Our Online Articles

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National Workshops

There will be around 100 free workshops in 2020 to supercharge learning around the eLearning content. Learn more and register on the wait list for 2021