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Women in Innovation

The leading women in Australia’s innovation ecosystem

The statistics around the number of women in the wider tech and innovation landscape – or lack thereof – are well-known.

While there is still a significant way to go to level the playing field, the Australian innovation ecosystem is home to countless women doing fascinating things and hustling to build the community.

Here are just some of the women in the space that we at Startup Daily look up to – but of course, the list is incomplete. Feel free to comment below with the names of women in the sector who inspire you and why!

Name: Organisation: Segment:
Julie Demsey SBE Australia Accelerator
Annie Parker Microsoft Corporate Innovation
Nicola Hazell BlueChilli Accelerator
Jessica Glenn tamme.io Engineering
Shelli Trung Creative Enterprise Australia Venture Capital
Pandora Shelley Fishburners Community
Pip Marlow Suncorp Corporate Innovation
Cyan Ta’eed Envato Leadership
Samantha Wong Blackbird VC Venture Capital
Renee Sargent Slingshot Accelerator Community
Anhar Khanbhai Transferwise Communications
Kara Frederick Reinventure Venture Capital
Gen George tamme.io Leadership
Julie Bishop Liberal Party Federal Government
Elisia Retsas General Assembly Education
Andrea Culligan Redii Leadership
Karlie Noon CSIRO Research
Imogen Baxter Square Peg Capital Community
Marina Holmes Xero Communications
Karen Lawson Slingshot Accelerator Corporate Innovation
Zsofi Paterson Channel Nine Corporate Innovation
Dr Sonya Pearce Academia Education
Lauren Capelin Reinventure Community
Tara Commerford GoDaddy Leadership
Melanie Perkins Canva Leadership
Rose Powell Rampersand Community
Monica Wulff Startup Muster Research
Dianna Somerville Regional Pitchfest Leadership
Lisa Wood Australian Landing Pads Federal Government
Julie-Ann Lambourne enVizion Leadership
Danielle Szetho FinTech Australia Leadership
Angela Stengel Australian Broadcasting Corporation Media
Stefani Adams Australia Post Accelerate Corporate Innovation
Lucy Turnbull Greater Sydney Commission Leadership
Dr Jana Matthews University of South Australia Education
Corrie McLeod InnovationAus Media
Karen Stocks Google Leadership
Professor Michelle Simmons UNSW Research
Clara Reeves Hipster Whale Leadership
Solange Cunin Cuberider Leadership
Aainaa Rahman Techstars Community
Peta Ellis River City Labs Leadership
Anna Rooke Creative Enterprise Australia Leadership

This is just a handful of women leading the way across the innovation landscape. Looking for more? Reinventure has highlighted another great group today with its initiative Female Fintech Founders.

Who inspires you? Let us know!





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