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Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, CBAA Women's Rep, 2017 Young Social Pioneers participant

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 28th September 2017
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60 of Australia’s brightest young change-makers have been selected by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) to take part in the 2017 Young Social Pioneers (YSP) social innovation incubator program.

Selected from over 400 applications, this year’s participants hail from diverse communities across all states and territories. The innovative ventures selected include teaching Auslan via virtual reality, a fashion label turning water bottles into leggings and a program working to provide Indigenous communities with improved access to eye health care services.

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, CBAA Women's Representative, is one of the selected. Bethany is currently developing Broadwave, which is a new network of curated podcasts aiming to empower communities and stories that are under-represented in mainstream media. The platform will connect independent storytellers together from the areas of politics to music to comedy and more, providing support, and a place for listeners to find good quality Australian content. The platform will offer access to experiences and perspectives that are not easy to find. FYA logo

FYA CEO, Jan Owen AM, said this year’s cohort represented the untapped potential of Australia’s 4.3 million young people and reinforced the need for investment in youth entrepreneurship.

“Our country’s young entrepreneurs, highlighted by our 2017 cohort, have a strong sense of purpose, fresh ideas for change and unfettered, original thinking. To secure our economic and social prosperity, we need young Australians to be equipped and supported to drive new innovations and business opportunities for themselves and their communities. This is exactly what YSP aims to do.”

With a focus on innovation and sustainable solutions, YSP develops the competencies, networks and links to the broader ecosystem required to be a successful young entrepreneur. At the culmination of the program participants pitch their ideas to a live audience for a piece of $90,000 in seed funding.

“YSP offers intensive training, mentoring and venture development and connects entrepreneurs to our eco-system including the alumni, opportunities for business collaboration, to pool knowledge, learn and grow from each other,” Ms Owen explains.

By connecting young changemakers through this national program we increase our potential for challenging the status quo, addressing the socio-economic inequalities and building a world that future generations want to live in.”

The Young Social Pioneers program kicks off on 6 September. Meet this year’s participants.

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