Over the last four years, Springboard Enterprises Australia has guided over 35 women-led startups to raise above $120 million collectively in funding.
Social Qs, a team looking to help men understand and develop empathy for the lived experiences of women in the workplace through VR and gamification, took out first prize at the Australian leg of the LadyProblems hackathon over the weekend.
The University of New South Wales this month launched The New Wave, an initiative developed by UNSW Innovations, Capital W, and Women In Engineering looking to encourage more female students to take up entrepreneurship.
Showpo’s Jane Lu and OneShift’s Gen George are a part of and love many of those groups, but decided to launch one that was more their style late last year. Going strong since October, Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine (LMB) is exactly what it says on the lid: a community of current and aspiring female entrepreneurs who celebrate each other’s successes, commiserate over setbacks, and share tips and advice on how to grow – preferably over a glass of wine.
A year to the day after its launch, Jo Burston’s Inspiring Rare Birds movement has taken another step towards achieving its goal of creating 1 million women entrepreneurs by 2020, celebrating Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) with the launch of a new book, #IFSHECANICAN.
Forming Circles, an organisation launched in Australia in 2011 to support small business, innovation, and charitable projects, has evolved into Forming Circles Global with the opening an angel investment fund that will see $500,000 put into women-led startups and small businesses over three years.
Springboard Enterprises Australia, an organisation looking to help women entrepreneurs become investor-ready, has opened applications for its third annual accelerator program.
This Saturday, the League of Extraordinary Women and RMIT University will be hosting Australia’s first all female entrepreneur conference in Melbourne. Ten of Australia’s greatest businesswomen will be sharing their experiences, philosophies and how they overcame adversity.