AOL Launches DeskAid for Australian Non-profit Startups

Making a difference is in AOL’s DNA. Nearly every day, the company unleashes initiatives focused on making the world a better place. AOL plays a powerful role in bringing communities together, raising awareness and educating individuals through its content, distribution and platforms.

As part of AOL’s commitment to giving back, it is proud to announce the launch of its new Australian initiative, DeskAid which will see the company use its talents to make a real difference by helping those who can make the world a better place. 

This startup support program is specifically designed to deliver exactly what early stage non-profit companies in Australia need: a community of experienced and well-connected professionals, opportunities to meet with mentors, as well as a fun and dynamic office space in Sydney with plenty of perks.

“The AOL community is proud to provide support for talented entrepreneurs to help overcome the challenges inherent in starting a non-profit company,” said Mitch Waters, managing director of AOL Australia and New Zealand.

AOL is giving up to three enthusiastic entrepreneurs in the non-profit sector, the opportunity to work alongside its Australian team for six months or more, in one of the most inspiring offices in Sydney’s CBD.

Specifically, DeskAid will support the winning startups with the following services for free, no strings attached:

  •  Three dedicated desks in AOL’s Sydney CBD office with water views.
  •  Brainpower from 25 ad tech experts – each will provide one hour a month in the form of ad support, website troubleshooting, insights into what other brands are doing with their marketing or leveraging partnerships to assist.
  • High speed wi-fi and printing supplies.
  • Meeting rooms.
  • Bi-weekly boot camp run by a team member.
  • Showers and change rooms.
  • Use of ping pong table.
  • Access to bicycles for intercity commuting.
  • Access to a weekly pilates teacher.

AOL would love to hear from interested businesses before midnight on 15 July 2016. Click here to find out how to apply.

The launch of DeskAid coincides with Monster Help Day, AOL's company wide volunteer day on 13 May 2016. Each year, AOL employees worldwide take time out of the office to help their local communities. This year marks AOL's 7th annual Monster Help Day and the company expects it to be the most impactful day yet, taking place across 47 cities with 135 volunteer projects and over 4,000 employees volunteering. For more information visit: