A digital mental health platform for children and their parents, kelp farming on the NSW South Coast, and an Australian-first gluten free mill are among 38 projects to share in $11.6 million under the second round of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative.

Some of the funded projects:

  • Quirky Kid will use its $200,000 of grant funding to improve its digital child psychology clinic, BriteChildĀ®. This smart mental health platform gives parents and child-caregivers access to professional and personalised mental health and wellbeing resources. The project focuses on early intervention and addressing barriers to mental health care.
  • Woolpack will use its $400,000 of grant funding to manufacture sustainable insulated packaging used in the shipment of temperature sensitive foods, seafood and wine, to expand into South Australia and other wine regions.
  • Mahonia Holdings will use its $480,000 to focus on scaling IntotheWild's sustainable, off-grid, and transportable tiny homes across the Australian agri-tourism market. The project will focus on strengthening operating systems and internal processes, leveraging technology systems, expanding the brand and marketing, team development, improving manufacturing and exploring projects such as temporary housing.

What is the Boosting Female Founders Initiative?


The Initiative provides co-funded grants from $25,000 up to $480,000 for female-founded startups that are at least 51 per cent owned and led by women. This helps women entrepreneurs to overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance by supporting them to grow their businesses.

Innovative startups play a critical role in Australia’s economy, developing new products and services, and creating jobs that contribute to increased productivity and economic growth.

This investment will strengthen Australia’s startup and innovation community, and encourage private investment of female-founded businesses.

Find out more about the Boosting Female Founders Initiative Round 2 grant recipients and their projects.