Empowering the next generation of Change-Makers

Young Innovators Program

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OUR INNOVATORS

Who is it for?

The Young Innovators Program (YIP) is a joint initiative by Equal EdWyndham City Council and Brimbank City Council. It is designed for young people (aged 18-35) with a passion to create change and innovation in Melbourne's West.

If you live, work or play in the Wyndham or Brimbank LGAs, and have a passion for creating positive change or social innovation, then this program is for you.

Our innovators will be given access to workshops, mentors and key networks to bring a project, business or innovation to life.

There will also be a pitch to key stakeholders at the end with a pool of $5,000 in seed funding up for grabs.

Find out more about key dates, eligibility and how to apply.

If you're a staff member from Brimbank or Wyndham City Council and would like to know more about becoming a mentor for the Young Innovators Program, please click below.

 
PROGRAM STRUCTURE

World-Class Programming

The program will combine world-class skillsets with grassroots knowledge by bringing together internationally renowned firms like Accenture and KPMG with amazing grass roots organisations such as the Hot House Project to deliver our structure series of workshops.

Over the course of 6 months, innovators will gain access to:

  • A diverse range of skills building workshops

  • A dedicated mentor from the impact sector

  • Equal Ed's support networks

  • Opportunity to pitch for seed-funding

 
Capacity Building
Program Structure
Module 1

Refining vision for change with the social enterprise Hot House Project

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Module 2
Panel Event

Connecting you with industry leaders and social innovators

Finance & Organisational Strategy delivered by global accounting firm KPMG

Module 3
Project/Business Design

Problem Analysis & Solution Generation delivered by global tech company, Accenture.

Workshop
Design Session 1

Innovators further refine their idea with mentors and Equal Ed staff

Design Session 2

Innovators further refine their idea with mentors and Equal Ed staff

Pitch & Funding
Pitch Workshop

Develop your pitch with support from Equal Ed

Pitch Event

Pitch to key stakeholders for the opportunity to receive seed funding

 
Covid-Safety

Keeping Staff & Innovators Safe

The safety of our innovators, staff and partners are our number one priority. As such, the Young Innovators Program (YIP) has been designed with an online contingency for 2021. 

All elements will be able to be run both online or in-person. Where possible, we will endeavour to have in-person activities and experiences. However, where health advice restricts in-person gatherings, the program can still continue virtually.

Additional support and guidance will also be provided for innovators if the program is delivered online to support with your participation.

When run in-person, all staff and innovators will be required to mask-up and strict policies for sanitising and social distancing will be in place. QR codes will also be required for contact tracing.

 

What Innovators Will Gain

Build your capacity.

Access workshops with a diverse range of organisations from the corporate and community sectors.

Turn your vision into action.

Work with mentors from council to refine your impact model and develop your ideas.

Bring your ideas to life.

Get the opportunity to pitch to key stakeholders in the community for the opportunity to access a pool of $5,000 in seed-funding to kick-start your journey.

FIND OUT MORE

Register for our info session

Check out our Info Booklet

 
 

Our Key Partners

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