Vibewire’s 6 Under 26 – Australia’s Hottest Young Innovators

When we think and talk about innovation our attention naturally tends towards a vision for the future.

But more often than not, that vision of the future is being set by middle aged women and men. Leaders of political parties, “captains of industry”, and community leaders of every size and shape tend to achieve their status not only through their commitment and enterprise but also due to their age. And often, I wonder, where is the voice of youth? Where is the perspective of those young people who will have to live with the decisions made now?

That’s why I am excited to share the great work of Sydney, Australia-based not-for-profit, Vibewire. Today they have announced the 6 under 26 – Australia’s hottest young innovators to watch in the year ahead.

The young innovators tipped to make the world a better place come from a broad range of backgrounds, from indigenous youth empowerment initiatives, sustainable food movements to programs that foster social entrepreneurship in high schools to organisations that encourage young women to take up engineering and technology.

Over the last 12 years, Vibewire has helped launch over 90 startups and kickstarted the careers of hundreds of young people. But this type of innovation does not occur in a vacuum. It requires incubation and support.

You can help Vibewire support more young change makers by joining this crowdfunding campaign. With a one-off donation from as little as $10, you will be contributing to a vision of the future that young people have a hand in creating. Support this great organisation here.

Vibewire – FastBreak Events

On the last Friday of every month, Vibewire hosts a morning of inspirational young entrepreneurs and innovators sharing their stories. It’s five rapid-fire speakers with five minutes to fire your imagination. It starts at 7:45am and finishes up before 9:00am – so that you can get to the office in time.

What’s it like?

Take a look at the video below (featuring Mark Pollard).

The next event with the theme “What Now” is to be held on Friday June 25, at 7:45am at the Powerhouse Museum. There is a fantastic line-up, including:

Tickets are limited (but only cost $8). Get in early and savour the delicious pastries from Black Star Pastry.