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Are You Instagram’s Next Small-Business Superstar?

If your answer is yes, this is the contest for you!
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It’s official: the days of the traditional 9-to-5 are gone. 

With the convergence of internet advancements and social entrepreneurialism, terms like “side hustle” and “girlboss” now sit comfortably in the workforce vernacular. 

What that means in plain english is that girls are making their money online, by themselves more than ever before.

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But having constant internet access isn’t the only vehicle driving women to reach new #selfmade heights.

According to a recent survey conducted by our research team at Are Media, 87% of women aged under 25 feel that sexist attitudes still exist in business, while 72% of young Aussie women don’t feel that there is enough diversity in their industry. It’s lame as hell.

Despite these age-old challenges we as women have to deal with (yawn), the research also discovered that female entrepreneurs are as resilient as they are ambitious. In fact, 84% of the women surveyed believe their business has potential to be more successful, and 79% are planning to upskill or increase training in order to run their business.

And that’s what we’re all about here at Girlfriend: supporting girls and young women to achieve their ambitions and aspirations!

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Young women are making waves with their side-hustles and small businesses. (Credit: Getty)

Girlfriend and Are Media have partnered with Instagram to give 25 young Australian female business owners the opportunity of a lifetime: to join the Instagram Academy and accelerate the success of their businesses online. And you could be one of those 25.

For the first time in Australia, Instagram will be opening their doors to 25 of the country’s most promising #GirlBosses and sharing their social media secrets for success.

The women chosen as one of Australia’s top 25 business trailblazers under the age of 25 will receive:

  • An exclusive digital training experience at Instagram Academy, learning everything you need to know about nailing your business’ Instagram strategy from the tech experts who work for the platform, themselves
  • Advice and mentorship from some of Australia’s leading business experts including, Are Media CEO Jane Huxley, Lillian Ahenkan AKA @flex.mami, Grace Brennan, founder of @buyfromthebush, and Laura Thompson and Sianna Catullo from @clothingthegaps
  • Coaching from a member of the Facebook Australia Sales team, offering bespoke advice specifically for the participants.
  • $1,000 in Facebook ad credits to boost your business to customers across Instagram, Facebook and more.
  • National visibility in announcements and articles across Are Media’s titles including, Girlfriend, Marie Claire, ELLE, Girlfriend and more
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Instagram will be opening their doors to 25 of the country’s most promising #GirlBosses. (Credit: Getty)

Sound like you? There’s no time like the present to take control of your career and put your business forward for the recognition it deserves. 

To apply, you will need to:

  • Be a legal resident of Australia
  • Be aged between eighteen (18) and twenty-five (25)
  • Have an Instagram account with less than 250,000 followers at the time of applying, as well as throughout the application period and winner selection process
  • Identify as female and are the founder and/or owner of a registered business with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Government officials and political figures aren’t eligible to participate in the Academy

Hurry! Entries close Friday, October 1. Enter the competition here.

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There’s no time like the present to take control of your career. (Credit: Supplied)

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