Sydney, Tuesday 6 September 2016

Presented in collaboration with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), over 180 guests came together at The Funding Network's sold-out event on Tuesday 6 September, generously hosted by KPMG. 

The event showcased four young women from FYA's Young Pioneers program who presented their social innovations for disadvantaged or at-risk youth in Australia. Collectively, the audience raised over $96,000 - an outstanding result!

Congratulations to the presenters: Sophie Weldon from Humankind Enterprises alongside Anna Donaldson from Lively, Madeleine Buchner from Little Dreamers, Millie Telford from SEED and Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit. 

See photos from the event and watch the videos.

Event partners: 

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  1. Project #1: Humankind Enterprises

    Humankind Enterprises connects people to improve social health and resilience. They do this through StoryPod a storytelling initiative where youth and seniors connect, develop new skills and reduce barriers to engaging in their local community. Humankind Enterprises is seeking funding for a 6-week program to employ young jobseekers who will share technology skills with seniors and capture stories that can be shared with younger generations.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

  2. Project #2: Little Dreamers

    Little Dreamers (LD) works with people under 25 years who care for a family member with a long term illness or disability. LD improves young carers emotional and physical health and resilience and ensures that caring is a responsibility shared by Government, community and family. The team seeks funding to launch and grow its Dream Coaching Platform - an online support group for young carers including a forum, inspirational stories and a directory of services.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

  3. Project #3: Seed

    Seed is a branch of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and is Australia's first Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Through trainings, workshops, summits and campaigns they provide support that Indigenous young people need to actively lead change in their communities on the issue of climate change and sustainability. The team aim to fund their first-ever schools program in Victoria to provide workshops for 200 Indigenous students in 10 high schools.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

  4. Project #4: Project Rockit

    PROJECT ROCKIT is Australia's youth-driven movement against (cyber)bullying, hate and prejudice. For 10 years, they've delivered high impact face-to-face and online workshops to hundreds of thousands of young people. PROJECT ROCKIT aims to fund a new online platform created by young people for young people, particularly to ensure youth in regional and rural communities can access the same support as their metropolitan peers.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch