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Applications for the Innovative Young Minds and Silicon Valley 2020 programmes are now open!

Innovative Young Minds Charitable Trust is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) and the Silicon Valley 2020 programmes.

IYM is a pioneering initiative by Hutt City Council and Rotary Hutt City, which is changing the way young women view careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and high-tech manufacturing (STEMM). IYM participants experience first-hand what it is like to work in the tech, engineering and science fields as local businesses, research-led companies, crown research institutes, and tertiary education providers open their doors to showcase the work they do and profile the myriad of job opportunities available.

IYM has been running since 2017 and now runs two sessions of the programme during the first and second weeks of the July school holidays, with 40 places available per programme. Half of these places are open to Year 11 and 12 young women from throughout New Zealand, and the remaining half are offered exclusively to students from schools in the Greater Wellington Region. In 2020, IYM will run from July 5-10 and July 12-17.

The full cost of the programme is $1460, but thanks to the generous support of our partners and supporters, students only pay $170 plus travel costs (if any) to Wellington. Some full scholarships are also available. Students can apply online at and applications close on 1 April 2020.

Once again, the IYM programme is offering fifteen alumnae an exciting opportunity to visit Silicon Valley (California) in April, to experience science, technology and innovation on the world stage during a whirlwind ten-day trip.

2019’s programme included face-to-face meetings with world-leading innovators including ex-pat Kiwi entrepreneur Victoria Ransom, who has been listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and has developed three companies, one of which sold to Google. Auckland University graduate Dr Privahini Bradoo, Chief Executive of BlueOak Resources, spoke about her work in creating an e-waste recycling company, and Twitch COO Sara Clemens (also an ex-pat Kiwi) spoke about what it’s like in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. Sarah is a tech and media veteran who was COO at Pandora and worked at LinkedIn and Microsoft’s Xbox.

The trip also featured a science symposium at The Harker School, showcasing prestigious speakers such as the Head of the Human Genome Programme. The Silicon Valley 2020 programme promises to be equally as exciting!

For further information on the programme including costs and how to apply, please visit

Applications for the programme close on 1 December 2019.

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