Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Grant Recipients

Round 2 Successful Applicants

Recipient Org/s Project Description Grant (Exc GST) Expected Total Investment (Exc GST) Project Location
University of Technology Sydney The STEAMpunk Girls project is aimed at increasing female students' (Year 7-10) interest in STEAM and aspiration for study and career pathways in these areas. To encourage a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and entrepreneurial mindset the university will run a program with multiple touchpoints where students identify a problem in their community, learn entrepreneurial methods, and develop a STEAM based solution. It will be supported by industry partnerships and professional development for participating teachers. The project will culminate in a showcase day where students present their solutions to parents and the broader community. $250,000 $390,000 Ultimo, NSW 2007
Desert Support Services Pty Ltd The Martu Women in Science project will engage female Indigenous Rangers from the Matuwa Kurrara Kurrara (MKK) Indigenous Protected Area in Western Australia, and will lead a two-way science program that will be a model for how modern scientific principles and traditional ecological knowledge combined can engage Indigenous women and students in STEM education, training, employment, mentorship and leadership. The project will involve a science and training program, a ranger STEM traineeship and a Women in STEM program at Wiluna Remote Community School. Innovations and outcomes of the project will be communicated more broadly through a video and workshops. $250,000 $629,108 Wiluna, WA 6646
Employment Options Inc The Expanding Horizons project will engage 80 girls (aged 13-14) from low socioeconomic backgrounds to complete an experiential learning program. The program will be composed of STEM related activities and career development interventions. Families will be invited to be involved and this will allow for an increase in their understanding of STEM careers and encourage increased awareness of and support for STEM related career aspirations. The results will be collated into a suite of resources for teachers, career development professionals and families. $212,458 $249,033 Port Adelaide, SA 5015
Hudson Institute of Medical Research Hudson Institute of Medical Research’s 'Inspiring Future Women Leaders in STEM' program offers a laboratory experience for female secondary school students from the Institute’s local community, in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The aim is to encourage more young women to consider a career in science. Over two years (2018-19), a total of 24 female students from Year 10 and 11 will work with leading female scientists in research and daily activities at the institute. Ten students will participate each year, with an additional two opportunities for female indigenous students. The two week immersion program includes exploring a scientific research project in the laboratory, seminars, events, exposure to bio-scientific technologies and forums to seek career advice from scientists and postgraduate students. The project will culminate in an event for teachers and families where students will present their research projects and experiences. $44,736 $115,914 Clayton, VIC 3168
The NECESSARY Group Pty Ltd Located in Tasmania, The Necessary Group Pty Ltd will run a project to help build a generation of female entrepreneurs who are capable of taking a profitable business to the global market. The project 'Future Momentum; Building a generation of Tasmanian female entrepreneurs' will consist of three areas; Entrepreneurial Toolbox events, peer support/online training, and an entrepreneurial training program. Participants will include female professionals, small business owners, graduates and emerging start ups. $242,700 $548,760 Ulverstone, TAS 7315
Quantal Bioscience Pty Ltd Quantal Bioscience will design and deliver Food Science 4 Thought & Profit (FS4T&P), a 20 week program in food science and small business entrepreneurship for women in Greater Western Sydney. The project also incorporates a 6 week technical program for girls in Year 10-12. Women participants in the program will undertake laboratory training in food science microbiological and chemical techniques, complete a Food Safety Supervisors certificate, design and develop a new food product, learn from food industry and business professionals and present their product at a networking event. Students participate as laboratory assistants in new product development including mentoring by project participants. FS4T&P will also establish ongoing peer-learning and a small business network. $86,589 $226,589 North Parramatta, NSW 2151
Central Queensland University CQUniversity Australia will run a project (Women in Agri-Tech: Increasing participation in the future of farming) to create and foster a strong network of female teachers who will become leaders in digital literacy, STEM and entrepreneurship in regional, rural and remote areas. Participants will take part in a Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium where they will be guided by female researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop engaging learning resources. These agri-tech resources will in turn inspire girls in the classroom to realise the opportunities available to them. Partnering with their teachers, these female students will then have the chance to participate in a unique agri-tech accelerator competition to further develop their entrepreneurship skills. $250,000 $489,120 North Rockhampton, QLD 4701
Charles Sturt University The Charles Sturt University will run a program, 'Girls in Cyber Security Advancing (GiCSA) Program', in regional NSW. The project will address the need to involve women in the cyber security professions by focusing on education of girls in high school. Year 9-10 girls in 36 high schools will attend a series of cyber security training and awareness workshops, a cyber security challenge, followed by a leadership and entrepreneurship workshop. The aim is to influence students in high school prior to deciding on Year 11 and 12 subjects and future careers. This program will be run in regional areas such as Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Port Macquarie. $236,689 $353,744 Albury, NSW 2678
Monash University Monash University will partner with Monash Tech School, Victorian Space and Science Education Centre, Micro:Bit, Tech Girls Movement, Hacker Exchange and Monash Generator to tailor a program to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation. 500 secondary school girls and 25 female IT students as mentors will work in teams on ideas based on the Internet of Things (the network of physical devices embedded with electronics which enables these objects to connect and exchange data). Girls will develop a project idea, prototype it, and build a viable business concept around it. The teams will receive entrepreneurship training to help further develop their ideas and the two best ideas teams will go forward to the Silicon valley-based Hacker Exchange for intensive training. $229,749 $438,655 Clayton, VIC 3168
Charles Darwin University Charles Darwin University's project, 'Catalyzing collaboration for Northern Australia's women scientists', is to develop and launch a collaboration program of Northern Australian female scientists. Teams of women scientists will be established with other institutions to build networks and share ideas. The teams will incubate science invention, test the business case for the collaborative team's research, and develop a business prospectus for their research. They will work with CSIRO and industry groups to attract buy-in across Australia and scope the potential for a national women's science collaboration program $155,000 $232,000 Brinkin, NT 0810
Rotary Club of Corrimal Inc The Rotary Club of Corrimal Inc. will jointly run a program with Project Bucephalus which is a robotics group dedicated to the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) not-for-profit mission of inspiring young people to become involved in science and technology. The project, 'Rocketing Girls into Robotics', based in Wollongong NSW will run robotics workshops for girls in primary and secondary schools in the area. Eight series of workshops (2hrs/week for 9 weeks) will cover Computer Programming, Robotics, Engineering and Science. This project will provide an all-girls environment which is to encourage primary school aged girls to participate, with female secondary school girls as mentors. $51,840 $97,740 Corrimal, NSW 2518
Girl Guides Association of Victoria Girl Guides Association of Victoria will run a project to identify a team of STEM leaders who will develop a workshop program for other Unit Leaders to develop their capacity to run STEM activities. With collaboration from Deakin University up to 400 Unit Leaders across Victoria will have the opportunity to attend workshops to develop STEM activities and inspire girls aged 5-17 years to be more curious about STEM. The program will include robotics, 3D printing, environmental STEM and an introduction to entrepreneurship with several camps held to encourage participation of girls. Girl Guides Victoria will promote STEM and STEM careers amongst 4,000 girls to further develop their curiosity in STEM. $32,238 $37,238 Docklands, VIC 3008
IntelliHQ Pty Ltd INTELLIHQ Pty Ltd will address the current low level of women engaged in artificial intelligence (AI) teams. Located on the Gold Coast in Queensland it will develop a program for young women to provide them with inclusion in AI innovation and commercialisation. The project will include an online media promotion to raise awareness, provide 225 positions at a week-long camp, and create an ambassador program and mentors to assist with individual pathways into industry. High school Year 10-12, university STEM and entrepreneurship students and young female entrepreneurs in the start-up community will be the target for this program $162,200 $471,200 Southport, QLD 4215
Flinders University of South Australia Flinders University of South Australia will run an enrichment program for Year 9 female students and teachers to encourage interest in Physics and Engineering. The program will provide information across a range of industries and highlight future career opportunities. Activities will comprise monthly skills enrichment workshops that combine industry visits, and interactive mentorship with STEM role models and industry representatives. An end of project conference (3 days) for all workshop participants will be held with STEM activities such as interactive labs in robotics, engineering and physics. An industry immersion for the girls and a teachers program will also be included. $167,960 $250,000 Bedford Park, SA 5042
That Start Up Show Pty Ltd That Startup Show will create a production studio to run podcasts, events and TV series to support the development of entrepreneurial technologies and business startups in Australia. The project will produce ten TV episodes of a series called 'That Startup Show' featuring aspiring entrepreneurs pitching ideas to established entrepreneurs. The project will include the podcasts (Girl Geek Show) which will explore stories about high profile female entrepreneurs. The studio will also be used for workshops to encourage inspiring female entrepreneurs to develop their pitch and presentation skills. This will help them showcase their business and presentation skills for both TV and media channels. The target audience is 18-35 year old women with extended online distribution to include Virgin Airlines and iTunes $250,000 $650,000 Melbourne, VIC 3000
Cicada Innovations Pty Ltd Cicada Innovations Pty Ltd will host an educational course followed by a networking event which will target women studying STEM at university. 'Project XX' will allow female university students to explore career paths within STEM outside of academia. The target audience is female STEM undergraduates, early stage researchers and aspiring female entrepreneurs in NSW. $146,000 $146,000 Eveleigh, NSW 2015
Skilligence Pty Ltd Junior Engineers (JE) will establish a Females in STEM Program aimed at acquiring, engaging and educating females in grades 1-10 in order to set them up for a future career in technology or tech-related fields. The JE's will develop the curriculum to be implemented into both primary and secondary schools. Beginning in Queensland the program will be marketed nationally with the aim of reaching 150,000 students. The program will cover coding, robotics and digital technologies. The JE will also run a version of the curriculum in school holiday programs. $220,000 $335,000 Chapel Hill, QLD 4069
Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited The WILD Program is a STEM leadership course developed by women, for women. It will provide a group of Victorian mid-career women with the necessary qualifications, skills and confidence to achieve career momentum and attain senior leadership roles, particularly company directorships. By doing so, it will help to address gender disparity across the STEM sector. The WILD Program will be led by Centre for Eye Research Australia, with a project team comprising STEM professionals across Victoria. $174,900 $265,900 East Melbourne, VIC 3002
UAVAIR Pty Ltd 'Empowering Women in AgTech' is a program to increase the skills and knowledge of women and girls in regional and rural QLD, NSW and Vic. UAVAIR Pty Ltd will team with 'Smart Farms' where robotics and wireless sensors are currently in use to improve farming and environmental outcomes. Year 9 and 10 girls will be provided with short courses and workshops in aerial robotics in agriculture, including visits to smart farms to see aerial technology in action. Young women under 25 who have completed STEM subjects will also be included in this program with two seven-day training programs held in rural aerial technology. $249,150 $322,900 Mayfield West, NSW 2304
Australian Academy of Science The project '#WomenInSTEMOnline' will promote gender equity by improving female participation in STEM conferences and panels, science and technology media, government and industry committees and boards and STEM award nominations and applications. The online portal will comprise a curated directory of 1000+ industry, academic and professional women in STEM, training and support for women on presentations, media appearances, and award applications, a national Women in STEM symposium and a gender equity toolkit for conference organisers, businesses and agencies. The project is a collaboration between the Academy of Science, CSIRO, the Australian Science Media Centre and Science and Technology Australia, and is targeted to female STEM professionals nationally. $249,175 $433,712 Canberra, ACT 2601
Playable Spaces Pty Ltd Playable Spaces will design and implement twelve Pop-Up STEM Playground multi-day events in communities around Australia. Re-imagined public spaces will be transformed into STEM activity hubs for trained female 'STEM Champions' to lead Girl First Play Sessions for pre-school and primary school-aged girls. Parents and siblings will participate with children to investigate, theorise, collaborate, problem solve, prototype and create. The project will include digital distribution of STEM Playbooks for parents to implement play-based STEM learning at home. 10,000 pre-school and primary school aged girls plus 300,000 siblings, parents, educators will be targeted in twelve Australian communities. $246,290 $448,010 Caringbah, NSW 2229
Federation University Australia The 'Inspire Me' project is part of a larger project 'Transforming Lives and Enhancing Communities'. Inspire Me Workshops will be held in regional Victoria, with the one day workshops designed to inspire young Indigenous women in Years 7 & 8 to include Maths and Sciences in their curriculum choices. Inspire Me will provide a platform for female Indigenous Communities and business leaders to share their story and work with the girls to continue their studies and realise their potential in the field of STEM or entrepreneurship. Federation University Australia has secured inspirational leaders at all three events and the project will receive support from Indigenous Business Women, Local Tertiary Students, Career Professionals, Koori Education support officers and Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience mentors $138,385 $183,981 Churchill, VIC 3842

Round 1 Successful Applicants

Recipient Org/s Project Description Grant (Exc GST) Expected Total Investment (Exc GST) Project Location
AINSE Limited The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) will hold a school specifically for women at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The school will be targeted at 1st year University students with an emphasis on women in STEM and their career opportunities in nuclear science and engineering. AINSE will invite a female student from each of its 35 Australian University members to attend the school and experience the infrastructure and leadership roles at ANSTO, along with a mentoring program. $35,000 $60,000 Lucas Heights, NSW 2234
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Limited t/a Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering The project will produce a series of up to 20 video profiles utilising female role models in STEM industries to be integrated into the Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance (STELR) program but with a focus to develop girls taking up STEM fields. $250,000 $310,000 Melbourne, VIC 3004
CBR Innovation Network Limited The project is to create an out-of-school, 10-week programme for girls in Canberra and the nearby regional area. The programme will be run four times over a two-year period and is designed to develop girls STEM skills, entrepreneurial skills and provide them with knowledge of the STEM entrepreneurial career pathways available. The activities in this project include skills workshops, career presentations, and field trips, connections with female STEM mentors, role models and speakers. $240,000 $300,000 Canberra, ACT 2601
Education Changemakers Pty Ltd The grant will help support a project that will focus on thirty female teachers or educators from regional areas attending three workshops and providing them with the tools required to implement change initiatives in their areas. Coaching, mentoring, online learning will also be used and case studies developed. The aim of the project is to identify the issues, develop strategies, prototyping, and leadership and impact assessments to improve tertiary enrolments' for girls in rural areas. $112,500 $260,900 South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Florey Neuroscience Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WiSPP) is a collective impact initiative involving five of Australia's largest medical research institutes, representing over 4000 scientists solving health problems in immunity, childhood disorders, brain disease and cancer. The aim of the project is to support and measure the impact of WiSPPs collective initiatives to overcome the barriers for women to excel and succeed in gaining leadership positions. $250,000 $400,000 Parkville, VIC 3052
GMIC Limited t/a Geelong Manufacturing Council This project aims to support, promote and encourage women in manufacturing and engineering in the Geelong area. By offering a series of initiatives, presentations including guest speakers and role models, workshops, networking events and mentor training, this project will assist in the development of careers' of women in this regional area. With a history in fabrication, Geelong is currently transitioning to high-skilled advanced manufacturing and this project is to ensure women are a significant part of this. $75,000 $114,500 Geelong, VIC 3220
Girl Geek Academy Pty. Ltd. The project aims to train teachers to deliver science curricula (algorithmic thinking, computational thinking, software development and coding) in schools across Australia. The project focuses on girls aged 5-8 years and consists of one-day events, on-line training and on-going support. Aligned with the National Digital Technologies Curriculum, the goal is to increase awareness and participation of girls in STEM and entrepreneurship education at the earliest schooling opportunity. $250,000 $1,201,650 Melbourne, VIC 3000
Golden West Apprenticeships Limited Golden West Apprenticeships is running a program called Engineering Girls on the Downs which aims to provide school based engineering traineeships to six girls based in the Darling Downs area of Queensland. The program is designed to help eliminate some of the barriers that exist stopping girls from pursuing STEM and entrepreneurship education and careers. Upon successful completion of the program the girls will receive a nationally recognised qualification in Certificate II in Engineering. It is expected this will allow a pathway to an engineering apprenticeship or to university, depending on their choices and desires that will emerge during the traineeship.The program will also involve female mentorship sessions run by a mentor who currently works in the industry. $55,441 $55,441 Roma, QLD 4455
James Cook University Grant funding to support the She Flies Drone Camps: Building Northern Australia's Drone Ecosystem. The project will focus on developing a series of camps aimed at teaching high school girls and their teachers or parents the possibilities of working with, and flying drones from design and coding through to flying and finally using photography to create maps. $249,075 $465,475 Smithfield, QLD 4878
Murdoch University Murdoch University will be hosting a series of Showcase Days for Perth schoolgirls in early high school (Years 8 to 10) with the aim of demystifying career prospects within the STEM field. The Showcase Days will feature a range of inspirational women speakers, whose talks will be recorded and made available to other female students through the School of the Air and Isolated Distance Learning. In addition, workshops will be held with parents and teachers in their roles as primary influencers of female students. The object of these workshops is to give more information on helping girls decide what subjects to study. $58,300 $120,900 Murdoch, WA 6150
Peopleplan Pty Limited eLearning specialists Peopleplan Pty Ltd and Social enterprise Young Change Agents have partnered for this program. Young Change Agents have successfully delivered design-thinking based social entrepreneurship programs to more than 200 youth in NSW during 2016. The objective of the program is to teach young people to see problems as opportunities, through critical thinking, creativity and communication. The WISE grant will enable the partnership to build the capacity of teachers through digital learning and an expansion of the face-to-face programs and youth incubators for teenage girls in regional NSW, Queensland and the NT. $244,000 $451,500 Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Resource Industry Network Co-op Ltd This project will develop toolkits, courses, provide coaching and implement strategies addressing gender inequity in the Mackay region. The project aims to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and leadership within the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region by changing community perceptions, workplace culture, the make-up of leadership groups and educational attraction for girls. $86,600 $133,100 Ooralea, QLD 4740
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology t/a RMIT University The grant will support a program that targets high school girls from years 7 to 9 and involves a series of workshops and mentoring activities to provide students hands-on experience in STEM-related activities to explore the creative possibilities of STEM disciplines. $99,680 $149,417 Melbourne, VIC 3000
SBE Australia Limited The project aims to develop a STEM-focussed early stage accelerator program for women that will provide the resources and network guidance to help women with STEM backgrounds seize entrepreneurial opportunities and build confident business foundations. $250,000 $350,000 Sydney, NSW 2000
Subsea Energy Australia Inc Subsea Energy Australia Inc - Improving participation rates of women in subsea engineering. This project involves availing a series of workshops and networking events, as well as the creation of education materials and development programs, specific to the subsea sector and engineering for women. $174,840 $375,640 Perth, WA 6000
The Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies Incorporated t/a Science & Technology Australia Science & Technology Australia is the national peak body for Australia's scientists and those working in technology. The project, 'Superstars of STEM', will support thirty women currently employed in STEM sectors to become highly visible public role models, to encourage girls and young women's interest in STEM careers. The project will build the women's profiles through training in public speaking, media, and communicating with influence, and through creating opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills. It will also create and support networks and mentoring. $178,500 $272,500 Canberra, ACT 2601
The Royal Institution of Australia Incorporated A new sub-channel will be initiated on Australia's Science Channel. This project will develop the channel and content while ensuring Women in STEM focus is considered within all produced content. Marketed to both general and school specific audiences, this 'Women in STEM' channel will address the gaps currently existing with women working and studying in STEM. $80,000 $160,000 Adelaide, SA 5000
The University of Adelaide The "Women Leaders in STEM Careers" is a personal and professional development programme designed to develop young female leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen STEM career. The personal development component includes training modules focused on confidence building, exploring the expectations and challenges faced by women undertaking STEM careers. The professional development component exposes participants to networking opportunities through tailored panel and networking sessions, provides skills development workshops with Industry, and entrepreneurship and innovation workshops. $181,726 $231,726 Adelaide, SA 5005
University of Southern Queensland The grant will support a program called WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprises), the aim of which is to develop entrepreneurship amongst women in rural, regional and remote Queensland. $248,167 $662,289 Darling Heights, QLD 4350
University of Sydney The grant will support the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) 'CAASTRO in the Classroom' program and the 'CAASTRO Galaxy Convention'. The classroom program is an existing outreach activity designed to link high school students with CAASTRO's research scientists and PhD students. This grant will extend the program to add a new exclusive girls session. The convention is a multi-day workshop for PhD candidates, university researchers, high school and university students to work with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop business ideas. $250,000 $610,000 Camperdown, Sydney University, NSW 2006
The University of Wollongong The University of Wollongong's Science Centre & Planetarium will be the lead partner for a major Festival of STEM which will feature key stakeholders from across its campuses who will deliver an extensive program of STEM based activities, primarily using women scientist as strong role models to 2,500 students over five days to inspire these students, particularly women, to pursue a future in STEM. $194,844 $410,796 Wollongong, NSW 2522
Verco Engineering Pty Ltd t/a Mace Engineering Services The grant will support Verco Engineering to run a program called Super STEM Regional SA, which is aimed at high school girls in Years 9 and 10 who are approaching the period when they must choose their senior subjects. $46,900 $72,800 Clare, SA 5453
The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering Limited The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering is located within the University of Sydney. The project, 'The Warren Centre Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program' will use video interviews of successful STEM students, training and professional development courses to assist women to navigate a successful career and overcome gender inequity in STEM. This project will also include entrepreneurship events and personal development courses with specific STEM content. $192,000 $392,000 Camperdown, Sydney University, NSW 2006
Women in Technology WA (Inc.) Targeting WA high school students in years 9 and 10, Techtrails is an incursion program emphasising the importance of positive female role modelling of women in STEM careers to all genders. $119,254 $255,414 Bibra Lake, WA 6163
    Total $3,921,827 $7,816,048

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