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Anti-PowerPoint financial training startup Nuggets Academy raises $700,000

- November 28, 2023 2 MIN READ

Financial industry professional development platform Nuggets Academy has raised $700,000 in a round led by Antler Australia. The edtech, which deals with the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training people are required to undertake annually, emerged out of the Antler program last year with its initial pre-seed funding from the accelerator and VC. Also backing… Read more »

Darth Vader

Most Australian managers believe stress and fear are good motivating tools, but here’s why it’s the fastest way to kill your startup

- November 27, 2023 5 MIN READ

The last decade in corporate Australia has seen a much greater acknowledgement of toxic workplace practices and their impact. In the startup sector in particular, over recent weeks we have seen many women come forward to share their experiences of gender discrimination, sexism, harassment and abuse, a subset of toxic behaviour. I am in the… Read more »

Bharati Babbar
Women in tech

Jobs networking app ApplyKart is helping Gen Z, older people and migrants find work

- November 10, 2023 3 MIN READ

A new digital jobs networking app targeting Gen Z, migrants and older job hunters is hoping to boost employment for blue- and grey-collared workers. ApplyKart is the brainchild of Melbourne-based entrepreneur Bharati Babbar. She set out to match job seekers with new employers within 48 hours, through an end-to-end hiring system. “Younger and older people,… Read more »

elaine stead
Women in tech

Charity startup GiveTree apologises for founder’s misogyny on LinkedIn

- November 7, 2023 5 MIN READ

Venture capital investor Elaine Stead is among several women in the startup sector subjected to “a barrage of abusive, sexually harassing and vile comments” on LinkedIn by the founder of charitable startup GiveTree, with the company involved issuing an apology. Sam Joel, founder of the cryptocurrency and NFT-focused GiveTree subsequently had his comments, made on… Read more »

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe & Sally-Ann Williams

Cicada Innovations names Dr Katherine Woodthorpe as its first female chair

- September 28, 2023 3 MIN READ

Cicada Innovations has appointed Dr Katherine Woodthorpe as its new chair, the first woman to lead the board in the 23-year history of the Sydney-based deep tech incubator. The non-executive director (NED) replaces Andrew Rothery after nearly eight years in the role. Dr Woodthorpe has more than three decades of experience in commercialising technologies across a broad… Read more »

Melanie Greblo
Women in tech

Scriibed founder Melanie Greblo lands NSW government and Paul Ramsay Foundation backing to help women upskill after escaping family violence

- September 13, 2023 2 MIN READ

Sydney startup Scriibed, which offers safe, secure, and flexible digital economy work to women rebuilding their lives following domestic violence, has received backing from the NSW government to help them get into tech. The Paul Ramsay Foundation also co-investing to Scriibed’s not-for-profit arm, Banksia Academy, with $250,000 as part of a payment-by-outcomes contract.  The government… Read more »

Flown Not Grown founder Nikki Davey
Women in tech

 Grown Not Flown cofounder Nikki Davey wins the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

- September 13, 2023 2 MIN READ

Victorian farmer, tech entrepreneur and Grown Not Flown cofounder Nikki Davey has won the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for her work creating a digital platform and app that connects flower farmers and consumers around the world. The award recognises the critical role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities. Based at… Read more »

Naomi Simson

RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson joins Weebit Nano’s all-blokes board

- August 24, 2023 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed semiconductor business Weebit Nano is adding entrepreneur Naomi Simson to its board as a non-executive director (NED). Simson, who founded online experiences marketplace RedBalloon in 2001, is already busy as a company director, sitting on several boards, including Big Red Group, RedBalloon’s parent company, as well as Australian Payments Plus, Colonial First State, University of… Read more »

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Women in tech

A new report into STEM equity shows tech still has a massive and ongoing gender diversity problem

- July 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

The technology sector’s gender diversity problem is to continue for the foreseeable future according to this year’s STEM Equality Monitor. However however the tech sector is doing better than other STEM disciplines in offering wage parity between female and male graduates and better prospects for those entering the workforce. Published by the Federal Department of… Read more »

Cass O'Connor

Veteran tech director Cass O’Connor to chair Airtasker as investor James Spenceley steps down to focus on humanitarian work

- June 2, 2023 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed jobs marketplace Airtasker will have its first female board leader with Cass O’Connor stepping into the chair role next month as James Spenceley departs after eight years. Spenceley, the founder of telco Vocus, is a prolific VC investor and North Sydney councillor and more recently founded humanitarian organisation Aus Ukraine Aid, was a seed… Read more »