Jessica May, founder and CEO of Enabled Employment, has been named the winner of Optus’ first Your Shark Tank competition. The price includes $10,000 in prize money, products and services from Optus, and mentoring sessions with Optus’ venture capital team and Boost Juice founder Janine Allis.
Enabled Employment is a Canberra-based startup that aims to match employers, including government departments, with Australians living with a disability, Indigenous Australians, and people in rural areas. The startup, which was launched with the help of a grant from the ACT Government, now has a pool of over 1,300 potential employees.
Jodie Fox, founder of Shoes of Prey and Your Shark Tank mentor, said May was a standout in the competition.
“She has identified a gap in the market and in just six short months has had so much success with her business. Not only does Enabled Employment help those living with disabilities to find work, it also acts as an advocate for their community and helps break down barriers,” Fox said.
Enabled Employment helps employees work from home or from its office in a range of roles, such as research and policy, web design, and admin.
May said she enjoyed the opportunity to meet the other finalists and hear their big ideas.
“I’m really excited about winning the competition and I look forward to using the money to bust myths and change attitudes around people with disabilities,” she added.
Enabled Employment was recently accepted into the Griffin Accelerator program and has partnered with Soldier On, a service assisting wounded service members.
To hear more from May about Enabled Employment, take a look at this video.