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Online academy opens for future female founders

As the bell rang signalling the first day of the school term, an online course in entrepreneurialism launched for Aussie girls aged 10 to 18 years.

The free program from The Academy of Enterprising Girls consists of 10 eLearning modules covering subjects such as entrepreneurship, design thinking, coding and business skills.


Academy for Enterprising Girls Director Annie O’Rourke wants the program to help tens of thousands of young women develop the mindset and passion for entrepreneurialism and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

“Today’s 12-year-olds will be the entrepreneurs of 2025. This online program is designed to inspire girls to think big so they can create the next Canva or Atlassian,” said Ms O’Rourke.

“This course is bridging the digital divide. It’s free and can be completed at your own pace and from any location, meaning girls in rural and regional communities will have the same opportunities as those in the city,” she added. 

In addition to the eLearning modules The Academy for Enterprising Girls is offering up to 100 free workshops around the country equipping students with the design thinking, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills, preparing them for careers not yet invented.

To celebrate this launch, students will have the opportunity to be selected to travel to Canberra for two further days of training concluding with a pitch meeting with several of the country’s leading politicians. 

“This will give our business leaders of tomorrow the chance to interact, engage and be inspired by the decision makers of today. We need to show young women and girls the amazing opportunities these sectors offer,” said Ms O’Rourke. 


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