Are you part of a startup or thinking about initiating or joining one? Below we’ve provided some links to organisations or information that may be able to help. We’ve also provided some info on other great youth orgs in the startup space right now. Check them out and if they interest you, make sure you get in touch!


The Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA) – a not for profit organisation run by young people, for young people. ENYA supports and promotes the active participation of young people in enterprise, in an ethical and sustainable manner.

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme – a government initiative helps eligible unemployed people aged 18 years and over to start and run their own businesses. Under NEIS, jobseekers receive accredited small business training, business advice and mentoring, as well as ongoing income support for up to 52 weeks.

Commonwealth Business Entry Point – essential information on planning, starting and growing your business. This site offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services you need.

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Social Entrepreneurs

School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) – inspires and equips changemakers and social entrepreneurs to establish, scale and sustain social ventures that foster social and economic participation, and create a lasting impact within disadvantaged communities. SSE’s vision is a community powering positive changemakers for a more inclusive and sustainable world.

The Young Social Pioneers (YSP) a Foundation for Young Australians program – supports Australia’s best and brightest emerging social entrepreneurs and innovators, aged 18-29. The program amplifies their social change purpose, builds networks of support and develops their business skills and capabilities to drive successful purpose-driven ventures.

Social Traders – whose mission it is to nurture, develop and grow the social enterprise sector in Australia. Their work revolves around raising awareness of social enterprise, building enterprise capability, and opening markets for social enterprises products and services. Social Traders offer a number of programs to help you build or develop your idea.

ING Dreamstarter – uses the power of crowdfunding to get projects off the ground by raising small amounts of money (or larger amounts) from a large number of people. Not only do you feel good about supporting a great idea, you also get something back for your contribution. And you increase your impact by getting others onboard.

Yunus & Youth – makes it possible for young social entrepreneurs to get the mentorship and support they need; for the current generation of social impact leaders to shape the next one; and for the next generation to reverse mentor the people who are changing the world today.

IMPACT – creates experiences that set up young changemakers with the know-how and network required to translate their ambitions into social impact.

The DO School – offers training, mentoring, and education for outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to kickstart their own ventures all around the world.

Youth-led startups

Chat for Change – an initiative that aims to create a vibrant community of young human rights activists from around the world by offering opportunities to speak out through video, social media and facilitating local public speaking opportunities in their schools, communities and the wider world.

DearHolly – an ongoing community art project in which people send in advice to Holly – a girl who is about to turn 13 – via the back of a postcard or envelope. Each week the advice cards are published for the world to share, creating a living, breathing collection of real, gritty and heartfelt advice that teenage girls the world over can share, gasp at, learn from, and live by.

Inspirationery – a stationery label designed to inspire you to make your mark on the world. With 50% of profits from each purchase supporting women and girls through education and leadership programs, each beautifully designed product also contributes to greater social change. We aim to create a community of like-minded individuals that are empowered to create the change they want to see in themselves and the world.

The Routinely – a catalogue of daily routines that highly productive people live by. We all have 24 hours in a day but we don’t all use those hours in the same way. While successful people are often asked about the major events of their lives, those events are actually often the culmination of daily discipline and daily efforts. This catalogue is a peek into the habits that make people excellent.

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