A survey found over 65 percent of the Australian workforce would like to see more women in leadership roles, with almost half the women women surveyed stating they would like to pursue a leadership role in the future.
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.
I recently attended an event encouraging women to get involved in the startup ecosystem at the new Sydney Startup Hub. While I applaud the aim of the event, I left with my blood boiling.
Kate Morris is the founder and CEO of Adore Beauty, an online cosmetics retailer she founded in 1999 after working on the cosmetics counter while at uni.
The proportion of female founders has grown from 23.5 percent in 2016 to 25.4 percent this year, while 37 percent of future founders identified as female.
Startup Daily recently ran a panel chat with Indigenous female founders and CEOs making a difference in their industries and communities.
Looking to provide more support for women starting out is Tech Ready, an eight week program designed for non-tech female founders.
SBE Australia has launched a new program for early-stage female tech founders, E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate.
BlueChilli has officially launched SheStarts, its accelerator program for female founders. Ten women will be selected to take part in the six month program, set to run from January next year, with each to receive $100,000 in pre-seed funding.
BlueChilli has announced it will be hosting the Australian leg of the Lady Problems hackathon this October, an initiative launched by AngelHack addressing the problems that prevent female entrepreneurship.
Luxit is a web platform and app allowing customers to book appointments with beauty professionals in advance or on demand – this function through the app only – with the professionals able to visit a client’s home, hotel, or office.
Over a hundred women came together to launch new startups across two events this weekend, with Sydney coworking community Fishburners hosting its Female Founders Hackathon and Girl Geek Academy holding its third annual SheHacks event in Melbourne.
Annie Slattery, cofounder of Sydney startup ConX, will this week set off for California to take part in Blackbox Connect, a two week residential program looking to immerse international founders in Silicon Valley.
Startup Victoria has launched Ignite, a six month mentorship program for female founders. Looking to fill the gaps facing entrepreneurs who are not quite yet ready for or have completed an incubator or accelerator program, the program will have mentors and mentees focus on hitting two of six core milestones the organisation believes are key to success.
New Zealand accelerator Lightning Lab has opened applications for Lightning Lab XX, the country’s first accelerator program focused on women-led startups.