Meet our new inspiring Dreamstarters

Find out how they’re making a positive difference to the world.
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Will & Bear.

Alex and Lauren’s love of the outdoors and life on the road helped shape their start-up business, and now their hats are helping save the environment.
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OceanZen Bikinis.

Discover how a passion for the ocean saw Steph become the eco-bikini queen. Get your dream started.
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Dreamers welcome.

Our Dreamstarter Scholarship program can give you the business know-how you need to help make your business succeed.
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Image: Will & Bear, Credit: Stefan Haworth
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What is Dreamstarter?

There are hundreds of social entrepreneurs in Australia with the ideas and energy to create positive change in the world. The problem is, without proper support, getting these projects off the ground so everyone can realise their potential can be difficult.

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Become a Dreamstarter

Are you a social entrepreneur with an idea that will create positive change in your community? Dreamstarter by ING can provide the support you need to kick start your business through the power of crowdfunding, grants for growth, and a scholarship program.

Meet our new Dreamstarters

Team Timbuktu designs and produces activewear from recycled plastic bottles to help combat single-use plastics and reduce unnecessary waste.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $23,178
Goal: $30,000

Tipping point: $20,000
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The Ahimsa Collective designs luxury fashion accessories from innovative, sustainable materials to help reverse fashion industry’s footprint.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $24,845
Goal: $50,000

Tipping point: $20,000
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Crepes for Change invests 100% of profits from their food truck to help alleviate youth homelessness, by creating housing, education and employment.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $32,409
Goal: $40,000

Tipping point: $30,000
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#GoKindly is an online social enterprise offering ethical bed and bath goods, where 50% of all profits are donated to charities supporting homeless women.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $21,586
Goal: $25,000

Tipping point: $20,000
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The Unseen designs ethical, organic cotton undergarments which promote diversity of skin tone, as well as donating clothes to homeless and domestic shelters.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $34,320
Goal: $50,000

Tipping point: $30,000
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theotherstraw produces reusable, environmentally friendly bamboo straws, taking an important step towards eliminating single-use plastic straws.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $12,688
Goal: $20,000

Tipping point: $10,000
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Byron Bay Bath Bombs produces self-care products full of natural, native ingredients to minimise the use of harsh chemicals and help save The Big Scrub rainforest in Northern NSW.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $9,585
Goal: $10,000

Tipping point: $8,000
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Beard Season champions the early detection of melanoma by providing free skin checks to remote communities with limited access to this kind of service.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $26,785
Goal: $50,000

Tipping point: $25,000
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Sensory Concerts provides high-quality classical concerts for families with sensory or special needs, providing social occasions for families who really need it.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $10,155
Goal: $10,000

Tipping point: $5,000
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Some of our success stories

North

NORTH is a not-for-profit organisation that celebrates the rich history of Indigenous art and its preservation of Aboriginal culture. They share this connection through beautifully hand-crafted design pieces featuring the work of Indigenous artists past and present.

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Some of our success stories

Raise The Bar

Most Australians start each morning with a latte or a cappuccino, but what happens to your leftover coffee grounds? Raise the Bar is on a mission to repurpose these grounds by producing luxurious coffee body scrub bars.

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Some of our success stories

Bravery Co

Bravery Co. want to kick cancer’s butt in style, providing cancer warriors and haters alike with delightfully bold head scarves that give back to those affected. For every scarf purchased 10% goes to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.

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Some of our success stories

Amber Drop Honey

Australia produces one of the cleanest honeys in the world but imported, low-priced honey makes it harder for small beekeepers to make a living and yet, they are key to keeping bee populations healthy.

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Latest news from our Dreamstarters

Keep up to date with our Dreamstarters latest happenings and exciting upcoming news and events.

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What a great initiative! I hadn't heard of any of these businesses before. I love that I can make a difference just by shopping!

Lauren Emmett

Dreamstarter provides more than just funds, but a lasting mentorship. It’s a support crew.

Ankit Chopra
Co-founder of Eat Me Chutneys

The backing of ING and StartSomeGood through Dreamstarter gave legitimacy to our new initiative and helped to pave the way for new partnerships.

Mikey Leung
Founder Digital Storytellers

The Dreamstarter crowdfunding campaign reached beyond our immediate group of followers and volunteers and expanded our profile. Without the campaign, it would have taken a long time to grow our followership to where it is today.

Natalie Woods
Co-Founder Clean Coast Collective