What is Optus Future Makers
Optus Future Makers was created to harness the power and potential of innovative technology in the social sector. 2017 is our second year of offering Future Makers to support innovative tech solutions which help solve societal issues for disadvantaged youth.
7 Finalists have been accepted for our 4 month Accelerator, mentoring and grants program where they are gaining key knowledge, skills and connections to the broader ecosystem. Optus offers up to $300,000 in funding to finalists to help them develop their tech and scale their solution.
We believe that each Finalists has an innovative solution which can make a positive social impact for vulnerable youth in the areas of Education, Employability and Mental Health.
Our program works in partnership with industry leaders, NGOs and other key stakeholders to provide the most relevant content is well as critical connections in the ecosystem.
We encourage you to learn more about each of the projects and provide support if you can.
World Vision Challenge
Optus has partnered with World Vision to help develop a solution to address unemployment for disadvantaged youth with the potential to scale through Asia Pacific.
We created The World Vision Challenge, a co-funded challenge to address youth unemployment. Alex Gavranich of Cohort is the World Vision Challenge Finalist.
World Vision believes that technology can play a pivotal role in better equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and networks to make informed decisions, better prepare them for employment, and improve their integration into the labour market.
Asia Pacific Program
Future Makers Asia-Pacific Program
To help create positive impact on a global scale, we created the Regional Future Makers Program. It will be held in November 2017 to help Finalists scale through Asia-Pacific.
During the Optus Future Makers program, judges will select the projects with greatest potential for growth in Asia Pacific to participate in the Regional Program.
2 Finalists will be selected from each of the Future Makers programs in Australia, Singapore and the Philippines.
In addition to attending the Regional Workshop in Sydney, Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch for an additional investment grant from Singtel (S$60k total investment pool).