An Indigenous digital skills training program and a project to create customised 3D-printed breast prostheses are among the 51 projects to share in $11.9 million of funding under the first round of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative.

  • Indigital will use its $458,690 of grant funding to scale the Indigital Schools program. This Indigenous-designed digital skills training program helps primary and high schools students to connect with and learn from Indigenous elders about cultural knowledge, history and language, while learning digital skills in cutting-edge technologies. The program is helping Indigenous and non-Indigenous students establish future career pathways by addressing digital skills shortages.
  • Arula Technologies will use its $80,000 of grant funding to establish a customised external breast prosthesis project. The project will focus on helping women who have undergone breast removal surgery by creating 3D-printed, customised and comfortable breast prostheses made specifically to fit women’s bodies and any mastectomy bra.
  • Leakster will use its $99,400 of grant funding to establish the Internet of Things (IoT) technology trial minimising waste of water in Brisbane project. The project will focus on a new real-time, autonomous water pipeline monitoring technology to provide utilities with accurate information on the location and size of pipeline leaks, enabling easier maintenance, and saving time, money and water. 

What is the Boosting Female Founders Initiative?


The Initiative provides co-funded grants from $25,000 to up to $480,000 for female-founded startups that are at least 50 per cent owned by women and led by women, to help women entrepreneurs to overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their businesses.

Additional support is available for founders from disadvantaged groups, acknowledging the disproportionate challenges faced by regional entrepreneurs, Indigenous businesses, migrants and persons with a disability.

There has been an overwhelming response to the Initiative so far, with over 2,200 expressions of interest received in Round 1.

Innovative startups play a critical role in Australia’s economy, developing new products and services, and creating jobs which 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.

Expressions of Interest for the second round of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative are scheduled to open in early 2021.

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Find out more about the Boosting Female Founders Initiative Round 1 grant recipients and their projects.