2018 Curtin Ignition program champion, Lacey Filipich, breaks through the gender barrier thanks to the Department of Communities.
To encourage women to pursue their business dreams, Communities sponsors ten women annually to attend the Curtin Ignition program. This highly competitive program offers a week-long intensive course for budding Western Australian entrepreneurs.
In 2012, when Communities first started awarding scholarships, the Curtin Ignition program was significantly male-dominated with only 18 per cent of the group being women. Now, after six years of supporting women to attend, 2018 saw female participation jump to 60 per cent.
This year’s scholarship recipients performed extremely well pitching their diverse businesses to a panel of judges. The top three presenters then pitched to a public audience – two were women who received scholarships from Communities.
Scholarship recipient Lacey Filipich topped the scores, coming first out of 62 Ignition delegates. Her Makers Kids Club
program helps child entrepreneurs learn to run their own businesses.
"Curtin Ignition is possibly the best week I've spent on my business, ever,” she said.
“Not only was the content extraordinary and the quality of the professionals involved absolutely outstanding, the whole week was a masterclass in how to coordinate a learning experience for maximum impact. I am deeply grateful for the chance to attend, courtesy of a Department of Communities scholarship. Well done Team Curtin and Department of Communities!”
Other business ideas pitched by the ten female scholarship recipients included a digital health company, children’s activity centres based on role-play and yoga for pain management.
Communities’ supports women increasing their representation in business and leadership through a range of initiatives. Find out more about Curtin University’s Ignition program
Image: Lacey Filipich with young people participating in the Makers Kids Club program.