YGAP First Gens Accelerator
YGAP is an International Development not-for-profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. They focus on backing impact entrepreneurs - or ‘local leaders’ - with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities.
Supported through LaunchVic's third funding round, YGAP’s First Gens program supports migrant and refugee led social impact ventures that are improving the lives of people living in disadvantage in Australia. Over 2 years, the program supported 36 startups led by new migrants or refugees.
Each First Gens Program consisted of a five-day live-in accelerator followed by three months of creative support, strategy sessions, monthly meetups, business mentorship, legal and accounting help and access to small grants of up to $1000. At the end of the support phase a Pitch Event was held, giving each of the entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to impact investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.
In partnership with Catalysr, ygap received additional funding through LaunchVic's tenth funding round to run Catalysr's award-winning pre-accelerator program in Victoria and to deliver another First Gens Accelerator Program. Find out more here