Show Her the Money
Events

The producer of the award-winning doco on backing female founders, Show Her The Money, is coming to Australia for its premiere

- June 14, 2024 3 MIN READ

The award-winning US documentary Show Her The Money, about venture funding for female founders, will have its Australian premiere later this month, with screenings in Sydney and Melbourne. The film is being presented by SheBacks.Me, a community organisation which has emerged out of SheEO to support Australian female founders and investors to close the gender… Read more »

Women in tech

Applications for Press Play’s Victorian program to help women become startup founders are about to close

- May 13, 2024 2 MIN READ

Press Play is a pre-accelerator program for women looking at stepping outside their corporate, scaleup or startup jobs to become a startup founder. It’s designed to take them from employee to entrepreneur in 12 weeks. Thanks to the support of LaunchVic and several other supporters there are 100 scholarship, valued at $4,700 each, available for… Read more »

Katherine Bennell-Pegg
People

Australia now has its first astronaut ready for space: Katherine Bennell-Pegg

- April 24, 2024 2 MIN READ

While Katherine Bennell-Pegg is not there yet, she’s now at least qualified for the career she wanted more than two decades ago in high school: astronaut. Adelaide-based Bennell-Pegg, 39, became the first qualified astronaut under the Australian flag this week after completing her training at the European Space Agency’s Astronaut Centre in Germany and now… Read more »

Femtek founder Olivia Orchowski
Funding

Women’s hormonal cycle tracker Femtek pockets $1 million Seed round

- April 2, 2024 < 1 MIN READ

Women’s healthtech startup Femtek has raised $1 million in Seed funding to give women better data around their menstrual cycle. The round was led by startup incubator and early-stage investor Arcanys Ventures, which also has an office in Melbourne led by managing partner Frederic Joye, alongside Philippines-based software outsourcing and a Swiss office. Techstars and… Read more »

Breek Kirkham
People

VC investor Bree Kirkham joins F5 Collective as chief commercial officer

- March 19, 2024 2 MIN READ

Bree Kirkham has joined Tracey Warren’s F5 Collective, a fund established to close the gender funding gap and support female founders, as chief commercial officer. Kirkham joins F5 Collective having most recently been a general partner at Flying Fox Ventures. She has more than eight years of experience in investments, operational leadership, and international expansion.… Read more »

Nurse sitting on the doctor's lap. Sexism
Leadership

‘I was that person’: Elaine Stead on why she didn’t see sexism in the first decade of her career – and what she did next

- March 17, 2024 4 MIN READ

As someone who has always been a minority in an industry, it was, embarrassingly, only in my 30s that I genuinely began to properly clock how tilted the stage is. Up until then, I was that person who said cringey things like “I genuinely don’t think I have ever experienced sexism or harassment”. Lol. Oh,… Read more »

Leanne Linard
Funding

Queensland has opened 2 grant programs for women founders, worth up to $200,000 a pop

- March 14, 2024 2 MIN READ

The Queensland government’s support for women in startups has continued with two grant programs under the $8 million Backing Female Founders initiative currently accepting new applications. The Accelerating Female Founders Program provides grants worth between $50,000 and $200,000 for business support initiatives, such as mentoring and advocacy support and customised business development activities, for female-led… Read more »

Kate Abrahams
Workplace

Communications analysis startup Traffyk.ai is taking a deep dive into how we talk in the office to figure out how to be better at listening to women

- March 11, 2024 2 MIN READ

Employee communications startup Traffyk.ai has launched a study to map and better understand gender disparities in leadership communication in the wake of International Women’s Day, The Leadership Listening Gap Project is a study that aims to quantify and address the issue of women’s voices being underrepresented and undervalued in leadership roles, as well as its… Read more »

Man consoling a crying woman
Future of work

NDAs are being misused to silence people in sexual harassment cases

- March 7, 2024 4 MIN READ

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) came into public consciousness during the #MeToo movement after multiple women spoke out with sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein systematically used NDAs to silence victim-survivors. It’s a major reason it took years for his behaviour to be made public. Because of the secrecy involved, it’s also how he… Read more »