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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 »

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Banksia Academy raises $170,000 for advice hub to help women rebuild from domestic violence

- October 12, 2022 2 MIN READ

A quarter of Australian women having experienced domestic or family violence. So the founder of tech startup Scriibed, Melanie Greblo, decided to do her bit to help, launching Banksia Academy, a first-of-its-kind virtual hub to help women achieve long-term financial independence through training, education, employment pathways, and support. The not-for-profit platform opens its virtual doors… Read more »

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Health tech guru Leah Heiss named Australian women in design winner at the Good Design Awards

- September 19, 2022 2 MIN READ

Monash University Associate Professor Leah Heiss has been named as the winner of the 2022 Australian Women in Design Award at the Good Design Awards for her work across wearable health technologies and healthcare co-design, most recently with the World Health Organisation. The award recognises women at the top of their field. Surprisingly, women account for less… Read more »

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Government reviews science and tech diversity programs to get more women into STEM

- September 6, 2022 3 MIN READ

Women are seen as a key part of the federal government’s target of 1.2 million tech-related jobs by 2030, with industry and science minister Ed Husic announcing a review into greater female participation and diversity in the science and technology sectors. Husic has ordered a review by his Department into existing government programs supporting diversity,… Read more »

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Envato is on the hunt for female engineers, doubling its entry level ‘apprentice’ program

- August 29, 2022 2 MIN READ

There’s been plenty of discussion around tech jobs and the role of women in the sector ahead of this week’s federal government Jobs and Skills Summit summit. Melbourne tech company Envato is looking to address both issues by doubling the size of its Developer Apprentice Program, which provides an entry-level pathway for aspiring female engineers.… Read more »

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Science & Technology Australia is on the hunt for the next generation of women to be Superstars of STEM

- August 1, 2022 2 MIN READ

Science & Technology Australia has once again begun a nationwide search for Australia’s next constellation of Superstars of STEM, the government-backed initiative to advance gender equity by raising the profiles of women in science and tech. The program is open to women and non-binary STEM professionals, with 60 more to be chosen in this round.… 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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Abuse against women online is at epidemic levels – and there are key factors that make it even worse

- June 3, 2022 4 MIN READ

Women online suffer a disproportionate amount of harm and abuse, but it isn’t all based on their gender. This “cyber violence” is also shaped by a range of other intersecting factors such as race, religion, class, caste and disability. Our ongoing research involves collecting case studies from both India and Australia to understand how various… Read more »

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Applications for female founders to join EnergyLab’s climate accelerator close this weekend

- May 26, 2022 2 MIN READ

Applications for EnergyLab’s Women in Climate and Energy Fellowship (WICEF) close this Sunday, May 29. EnergyLab is Australia and New Zealand’s largest climate tech startup accelerator and innovation network dedicated to reaching net zero emissions. The organisation recently signed on Ampol as a partner, with the fuel company providing funding and expertise to support EnergyLab’s… Read more »

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Scale Investors launches edtech platform to help female founders find capital

- March 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

Women-focused angel investment network Scale Investors has launched an online education platform, EducatEd female founders be more successful raising capital, and investors back more entrepreneurs.  The platform has been designed and curated with the help of some of the most influential investors and founders across the country including founders turned funders, Sarah Hamiton, Noga Edelstein.… Read more »

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Victoria’s new Alice Anderson Fund for female entrepreneurs has named the first 5 startups it’s backed

- December 14, 2021 2 MIN READ

LaunchVic’s Alice Anderson Fund has backed the first five startups in the $10 million co-investment fund, tackling ideas that range from recycled clothing to children’s toys and fitness. The Victorian Fund’s inaugural round has seen it make $727,167 in direct investments – along with more than $2.3 million in co-contributions from private investors – to… 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 »