Great Ydeas partners

Our annual Great Ydeas Small Grants Program fosters the innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership of women in the ACT.

Launched in 2010 in celebration of YWCA Canberra’s 80th anniversary, more than 30 women have since received grants of up to $2000 to undertake pilot projects, start small businesses, participate in professional development opportunities, or address social needs in the community.

Each year in April, grant recipients are announced at our 2019 Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast, in celebration of World YWCA Day. With more than 100 corporate friends, YWCA Canberra members, Board Directors and government stakeholders in attendance, the event is always a lot of fun, and a great networking opportunity.

CBR Innovation Network

We are pleased to partner with CBR Innovation Network this year to offer the CBR Innovation Network Great Ydeas Mentoring idea to impact workshop series, which provides a grant of $2,000 to a girl or woman of any age to pursue an entrepreneurial activity, such as a social enterprise start-up, or other small business ideas.

EY

We are pleased to partner with EY this year to offer the EY Great Ydeas Creativity Grant, which provides $2,000 to a girl or woman of any age to support a project, artwork, production, or business idea focusing on architecture, dance, visual arts, literature, film production, music, or theatre.

 

Microsoft

We are pleased to partner with Microsoft this year to offer the Microsoft Great Ydeas STEAM  start-up grant which provides seed funding of up to $2,000 to a woman entrepreneur and/or small business owner of any age, in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics arena.

CBR Innovation Network

We are pleased to partner with CBR Innovation Network to offer the CBRIN Great Ydeas Innovate Grant, which provides a grant of $2,000 to a girl or woman of any age to pursue an entrepreneurial activity, such as a social enterprise start-up, or other small business idea.

We are pleased to partner with EY to offer the EY Great Ydeas Creativity Grant, which provides a grant of $2,000 to a girl or woman of any age to support a project, artwork, production, or business idea focusing on architecture, dance, visual arts, literature, film production, music, or theatre.

We are pleased to partner with Microsoft this year to offer the Microsoft Great Ydeas STEAM  start-up grant, which provides seed funding of up to $2,000 to a woman entrepreneur and/or small business owner of any age, in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics arena.

Microsoft

We are pleased to partner with Microsoft this year to offer the Great Ydeas STEAM  start-up grant, which provides seed funding of up to $2,000 to a woman entrepreneur and/or small business owner of any age, in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics arena. Microsoft believes in the positive changes that women bring in decision making processes, managing people, driving corporations and in impacting social life in general, and are also the founding partner of our Computer Clubhouse.

NAB Great Ydeas Innovate Grant

The NAB Great Ydeas Innovate Grant will provide a financial contribution of $2,000 to a girl or young woman age 12-21, who is pursuing an entrepreneurial activity, such as a social enterprise start-up, or other small business idea.

In addition to the funding, NAB will provide up to three advisory sessions with a NAB business banker, and the opportunity to meet with the NAB social media team in Canberra.

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Australian Catholic Superannuation Retirement Fund

We are pleased to partner with Australian Catholic Superannuation this year to offer the Australian Catholic Super Great Ydeas Enrichment Grant will provide a grant of $2,000 to a young woman aged 12-25, to reach her potential through personal development.

The grant can be used to attend a conference, fund an extra-curricular activity, or participate in a learning opportunity, for example.

Open to Australians from all walks of life, Australian Catholic Superannuation is committed to promoting financial literacy and supporting young people.

Soroptimist International ACT & Monaro Inc

We are grateful to Soroptimist International ACT & Monaro Inc this year for their support in offering the Great Ydeas Diversity and Inclusion Grant, which provides a grant of up to $2,000 to a woman of any age, identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, culturally or linguistically diverse, LGBTQI+, or a woman with a disability.

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EY 

YWCA Canberra and EY share a commitment to supporting young people, and this year we are pleased to announce that EY have generously supported the Great Ydeas Grants Program by coming on board as Great Ydeas Partner. EY has a global commitment to helping build a better working world for our youth, and are proud to support positive initiatives for young people around the world.

The EY Great Ydeas Creativity Grant will provide a grant of $2,000 for a woman of any age to support a project, artwork, production, or business idea focusing on
architecture, dance, visual arts, literature, film production, music, or theatre.

Canberra Innovation Network

This year, we’re thrilled to partner with the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) to offer one grant recipient the opportunity to participate in CBRIN’s “Lean Start Up Workshop” series in 2017, and 3 x 1 hour mentoring sessions with experienced entrepreneurs.

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Australian Catholic Superannuation Retirement Fund

We are delighted this year Australian Catholic Superannuation partnered with us to provide a unique Great Ydeas grant for a young Canberra woman to further her potential. The Australian Catholic Superannuation Great Ydeas Enrichment Grant was designed to help a young woman (aged 12-25) reach her potential through personal development.

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EY 

YWCA Canberra and EY share a commitment to supporting young people, and this year we were  pleased to announce that EY had generously supported the Great Ydeas Grants Program. The EY Great Ydeas Impact Grant was designed to to support a young woman to kick-start a project in the areas of wellbeing, social connectedness and inclusion.

We are thrilled to continue our strong relationship with EY, one of Canberra’s leading professional services organisations.

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NAB

We were pleased to announce that NAB and YWCA Canberra teamed up to offer a Great Ydeas Grant for a young Canberran woman with a passion for innovation and a budding entrepreneurial spirit. The NAB Great Ydeas Innovate Grant was designed to support a young woman to kick-start a small business, a social enterprise start-up or an online shop.

To find out more about becoming a Great Ydeas Partner, please contact Helen Machalias, Director of Communication, Advocacy and Fundraising at helen.machalias@ywca-canberra.org.au.