Brisbane Female Founder Festival for Women With Big Ideas

June 6, 2023

More than 130 of Queensland’s smartest female minds will learn how to turn their bright ideas into successful ventures at Brisbane’s Female Founder Festival.

Some of the country’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs will share their experiences and help like-minded women develop their entrepreneurial ideas from initial concepts through to thriving businesses.

Female Founder Festivals are a series of free events delivered by the Accelerator for Enterprising Women, a national program funded by the Australian Government under the Women Leadership and Development grant.

The program is designed to empower Australia’s emerging female founders and future businesswomen to develop their careers as entrepreneurs.

Held on Wednesday June 7, Brisbane’s Female Founder Festival will feature a stellar local panel including  –

  • Ami Bateman: co-founder and CEO of the waste-free, non-toxic Australian-made cleaning products business Pleasant State
  • Mundanara Bayles: indigenous advocate, co-founder and managing director of BlackCard, a cultural capability training and consultancy service
  • Ellie Degraeve: award-winning founder and owner of Australia’s largest toxin-free and waste-free store, Go For Zero
  • Elly Desmarchelier:  influential disability rights campaigner and speaker 

Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops with Caitlin Judd, co-founder of the lady-brains podcast which helps early-stage founders grow their businesses.

Archer’s Lab, the virtual reality experience designed to help with pitching business ideas, will also be showcased on the night.

Attendees will be invited to enter the Enterprising Women Kickstarter Challenge which offers $60,000-worth of prizes including intensive full-day workshops, mentoring, pitch feedback and graphic design support.

The winner of the 2022 Kickstarter Challenge, Hailey Brown, will also share her insights about developing Vacayit, her immersive audio app that has revolutionised travel for people who are blind or have low vision.

“Our research shows women are inspired by other women … sharing real-life stories gives others the confidence to start out on their own,” says Mim Rizvi of the Accelerator for Enterprising Women.

“However, one of the greatest barriers identified is not knowing where to start. Female Founder Festivals have been designed to provide women with both inspiration and the tangible advice they need.”

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