IGNITE: Multicultural Women's Business Scholarship Programme 2018

Ignite Multicultural Womens Business Scholarship Programme 2018 collage image of CEO Violet Roumeliotis and a successful female entrepeneur

Ignite Multicultural Women's Business Scholarship Programme 2018

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Expressions of Interest are now open with a closing date: 30 June 2018 5pm

SSI is pleased to announce its inaugural round of scholarships. Four women will receive a 12-month package of support, including an individual business facilitator and mentorship from our team of Ignite experts. In addition, they will have direct access to a resource team to provide advice on financial management, administration and compliance, effective marketing strategies and business planning. We also offer wrap around support through our bilingual guides and industry experts in their chosen field. Each scholarship is valued at $20,000 worth of professional and specialised support.

The scholarships are open to women of all ages from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, residing in the Greater Sydney Area and with a business idea for a product or service. Explore the Ignite Small Business Start-Ups offering.

An independent panel of judges has been appointed, including Telstra, industry experts and SSI’s Ignite Program Manager.

“Each and every day in my work I see strength, courage and the entrepreneurialism of women — I am driven to create an ecosystem of support around them so they, too, can benefit from living in the best country in the world and aspire to reach their full potential.”

CEO SSI Violet Roumeliotis




Success stories

Muhammad Sadiq: How I came to call Australia home

Muhammad Sadiq cooking for people seeking asylum at Community Kitchen.I came to Australia as a refugee in 2009, hoping to find a peaceful place to build a home for my family. Increasing persecution of the Hazara community from which my family and I come meant that our native land, Pakistan, was no longer the safe haven it once had been.

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