Perth accelerator Emersyn lets 9 female founders shine in its new pitch competition

- March 1, 2023 2 MIN READ

Nine female entrepreneurs participated in the first We Are Emersyn Female Founders Pitch Competition in Perth last week. Emersyn is an accelerator platform that helps women entrepreneurs launch, build, and grow businesses. It offers educational programs, mentors, advisors, and a supportive community to help female founders succeed. Megan Del Borrello founded We Are Emersyn in… Read more »

Dr Kate Cornick

LaunchVic has $300,000 grants for organisations to run female-focused pre-accelerator programs

- March 1, 2023 2 MIN READ

Victorian startup agency LaunchVic’s ongoing support for female founders is continuing with a new grants program for organisations to run pre-accelerator programs for women entrepreneurs. Grants of up to $300,000 are available to support programs offering women founders with the advice, support and networks required to build a minimum viable product and find their first… Read more »

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Andrew and Nicola Forrest back female founders at Startmate

- February 13, 2023 2 MIN READ

Mining billionaires Andrew and Nicola Forrest are backing female founders in the latest Startmate accelerator program in a bid to close the funding gap for women. The Forrests have signed a strategic partnership deal with Startmate through their private investment vehicle Tattarang.  The Summer23 cohort includes Raj Bagri from Kapture, who is working on decarbonising… Read more »

ALIAVIA Ventures founder Marisa Warren (centre) with Neighbourlytics cofounders Jessica Christiansen-Franks and Lucinda Hartley

Urban analytics startup Neighbourlytics raises $1.3 million in pre-Series A

- December 13, 2022 2 MIN READ

Melbourne urbantech analytics platform Neighbourlytics has raised $1.3 million in a pre-Series A. The round was led by Californian VC ALIAVIA Ventures, which backs female founders in enterprise and consumer tech companies, supported by LaunchVic’s angel sidecar fund, the Alice Anderson Fund. The fresh capital brings the total raised by Neighbourlytics to $3.5 million with existing investors… Read more »

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Startup accelerator Atto asked ChatGPT why female founders get less funding and even the chatbot said ‘gender bias in VC is an issue that needs to be addressed’

- December 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

Atto, the Melbourne accelerator that helps female founders launch tech companies, has had another busy year assisting more than 115 women build tech-enabled businesses. You can read about Atto’s year in review here. But to round out the year, after its latest cohort of 10 startups emerged from the program, founder Kate Kendell and her… Read more »


Victoria’s Alice Anderson fund backs female-focused crowdfunding platform Lift Women

- October 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

Lift Women, the country’s first female-focused crowdfunding platform, has scored investment from LaunchVic’s sidecar VC for female entrepreneurs, the Alice Anderson Fund. The Alice Anderson Fund co-invests with other venture funds, with Lift Woman attracting the backing of two global executives from major insurance companies, including Gordon Watson, CEO of AXA Asia, as part of… Read more »

Charlotte Bradshaw, Evrima

Female founded clinical trials startup Evrima raises $3 million

- September 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

Deloitte Tech Fast 50 startup Evrima, which helps pharmaceutical companies run clinical trials for new drugs, has raised $3 million. The round was led by the Sydney arm of alternative investments firm Artesian, supported by BridgeLane Capital and Wavemaker Partners. It’s the first investment via Artesian’s new $100 million Female Leaders VC Fund, which is… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »


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 »


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 »

Jeanette Cheah

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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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

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 »