Women in tech

Nominations for the SBE Australia Impact Awards for female entrepreneurs are now open

- June 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

SBE Australia, the not-for-profit startup accelerator and advisory group for women-led businesses, has opened nominations and entries for the 2022 Impact Awards for female entrepreneurs. Nominations are only open until June 15, with entries closing on July 3. The finalists will be announced on July 19 and the awards announced at a gala dinner in Sydney… Read more »

Venture Capital

NSW is launching a $10 million VC fund for female founders named in honour of pioneering businesswoman Carla Zampatti

- June 1, 2022 2 MIN READ

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has confirmed he’ll allocate $10 million towards a venture capital fund to support female founders as part of the 2022-23 state budget later this month. The fund will be named in honour of pioneering Sydney fashion designer, businesswoman and philanthropist Carla Zampatti, a founding member of Chief Executive Women. Kean said… Read more »

Funding

New Zealand’s Icehouse Ventures is raising a $20 million to back female founders

- April 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

Auckland-based VC Icehouse Ventures has raised its first NZ$5 million towards a $20m target to invest in women-led startups. The new ArcAngels Fund II is Aotearoa’s largest fund investing exclusively in female-founded and led ventures. Theresa Gattung, Chair of Global Women and the Kiwi lead for women entrepreneur initiative SheEO, is a cornerstone investor in… Read more »

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Equity crowdfunding platform PledgeMe rebrands as Microwd to focus on female-founded startups

- April 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Australian arm of New Zealand equity crowdfunding startup PledgeMe is back with a new name, Microwd, new owners and a new focus to back female-led startups. While the Kiwi side of the decade-old CSF venture continues, the seperate Australian business has been acquired by investment software company Finley Capital Partners, which has appointed Megan… Read more »

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Here are the 10 female-led startups in SBE’s new global tech accelerator program

- March 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

Women-in-tech focused startup accelerator SBE Australia has announced the 10 startups led by female founders taking part in its new Global Tech program kicking off this week The program is designed for high-growth, women-led companies who are ready to scale internationally. The 2022 Global Cohort is: Anna Wright, Co-founder & CEO, Bindi Maps, smart cities… Read more »

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Women in tech

It’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – and a reminder that plenty more still needs to be done to support female founders

- November 19, 2021 3 MIN READ

Women’s participation in business is in the spotlight today with November 19 marking Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. The global day aims to recognise and support women in business, who continue to be underrepresented as founders. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day was initiated by entrepreneur and humanitarian Wendy Diamond as part of a global movement with an ambitious goal to… Read more »

Elizabeth Williams, Kate Lomas
Funding

A revolutionary cochlear hearing startup has raised $10 million in a series A

- October 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

Hearing technology Hemideina has raised $10 million series A. New cornerstone investors in the round include Escala Partners, InterValley Ventures and Geoni Capital. The funds are to build the team and technology development program, with one eye on a potential IPO down the track. Research scientists Dr Kate Lomas and Dr Elizabeth Williams founded their… Read more »

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Funding

SUPER SISTERS: Verve raises $2.6 million as female investors rally around

- September 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Female-focused superannuation fund Verve Super has raised $2.6 million predominantly with female and impact-focused investors. Verve Super CEO Christina Hobbs they decided to do things differently by seeking to raise capital specifically from people with a passion for women’s economic equality and investors who demonstrated a passion for impact investing in female-led companies. “In the… Read more »

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Women in tech

A new report into how New Zealand female founders tackle raising capital reveals blokes could help fix things if they’re invested enough

- July 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

New research documenting the experiences of female entrepreneurs in New Zealand as they try to raise capital show a range of challenges that could be easily fixed. Raising Capital in Aotearoa New Zealand: Insights From Women Entrepreneurs by University of Auckland Business School researcher Dr Janine Swail, outlines the insights and experiences of 26 women.… Read more »

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Women in tech

YEAH BUT NO: Tech bureaucrats mistakenly tell 1000 female founders of grant success

- July 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

More than 1,000 Australian women entrepreneurs were left with a sour taste in their mouth this week after an email bungle from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Early on Monday morning, the department, which is in the portfolio of Technology Minister Christian Porter, sent applicants of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative emails wrongly saying… Read more »

Women in tech

The unspoken issues holding back female founders

- July 6, 2021 5 MIN READ

Women who are founders, co-founders or CEOs all face similar challenges unique to their gender. In order to maintain the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business owners, these issues must be addressed. Given that the odds are stacked against women when they enter the startup scene, it is critical to explore how many unspoken gendered… Read more »

Dr Kate Cornick
Women in tech

Applications for investment from Victoria’s $10 million Alice Anderson Fund are now open for women-led startups

- July 1, 2021 2 MIN READ

Female entrepreneurs have the chance to score up to $300,000 in early-stage funding from the Victorian government for their startup ,with applications for the new $10 million Alice Anderson Fund now open. The fund, led by LaunchVic, is designed to address a chronic shortage of equity investment in startups founded by women. LaunchVic CEO Dr… Read more »