We’re seeking qualified and experienced individuals or organisations to become mentors for women entrepreneurs. Establishing a pool of mentors to provide advice and knowledge to women entrepreneurs forms part of the expanded Boosting Female Founders Initiative.

We encourage potential mentors to respond to the Request for Tender (RFT) through AusTender. The RFT will be open from 18 December 2020 to 10am (AEDT) on 1 February 2021.

Mentoring startups is an empowering experience that benefits both mentors and mentees. For a mentor, it is an opportunity to share the knowledge and expertise gained through the years and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Mentoring provided under the Initiative will help foster female entrepreneurship and harness the full potential of the startups. This will have a positive social impact and help to create jobs and grow the national economy.

Acknowledging the disproportionate challenges faced by disadvantaged groups, we’re looking for a diverse mentor cohort. Mentors with experience assisting regional or remote, Indigenous or migrant-owned businesses and those founded by people with a disability are strongly encouraged to register their interest.

Applicants will be assessed on the types of mentoring they’re able to provide and their area of expertise. We will establish a list of potential expert mentors. Mentors will provide guidance and advice through one on one mentoring specifically designed to help each founder establish, grow and scale their startup.

Applicants must be able to provide women founders with guidance and advice designed to help them establish, grow and scale their startups and to achieve their business objectives.

What is the Boosting Female Founders Initiative?


The Initiative provides co-funded grants from $25,000 to up to $480,000 for female-founded startups that are majority-owned and led by women. The funding aims to help women entrepreneurs to overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their businesses.

How do I get involved?


You can respond to the Request for Tender (RFT) through AusTender.

The RFT closes at 10am (AEDT) on 1 February 2021.