Female Founders – International Women’s Day Celebration

Female Founders Event in celebration with UN Womens international womens day with the theme being find funding faster.
  • 12 March 2024
  • 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Canberra Innovation Network Level 5, 1 Moore St Canberra, ACT 2601

Event information

You’re invited to a special edition Female Founder’s event celebrating International Women‘s Day.

Touching on the UN Women’s theme “Count Her In: Accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment”, this event will be an Ask Me Anything format.

Featuring a panel of women with experience in a variety of resources and support options for Female Founders, your questions will be in good hands!

Meet the Panel

Ms Kareena Arthy is the Deputy Director-General responsible for Economic Development in the ACT Government Directorate of Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development. Joining in 2017, Ms Arthy is responsible for industry development, investment attraction, higher education and skills, tourism and events, venues, arts and culture, and sport and recreation.

Michelle Jasper is a Māori woman with over 13 years’ experience working in business development, research commercialisation, intellectual property, and technology transfer. She drives activity relating to the intersection of innovation, commercialisation, ventures and technological development with traditional Indigenous knowledge and practice. Throughout Michelle’s career she has developed a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration, the on-ground application of technologies and IP commercialisation. She has led many large-scaled innovation projects.
Michelle is the Founding Director of Gandaywarra Innovation, an Australian National University initiative seeking to build and activate a pipeline of strong, long-term partnerships and capabilities, which will enable First Nations communities, academia, industry, government, and end-users to collaborate and innovate.

Sally Wagnon leads the Australian Government-funded Future Female Entrepreneurs Program which aims to inspire a generation of females by providing them with skills, mindsets and confidence they need to forge a path in entrepreneurship. The program delivers a series of events across Australia, including the Female Founder Festivals, AccelerateHER Workshops and the annual Kickstarter Challenge.

Her broad experience has been gained through working across diverse industries including consulting, education, transport and logistics, real estate and hospitality.

Take proactive steps in improving the world of women-led businesses and be part of the thriving Female Founders community.

You don’t want to miss this special event. Register now!

Please submit your questions for the panel when you checkout. Do you need some inspiration for what to ask?

1. As an investor what are you looking for in a company?

2. What advice would you give to female founders looking for support?

3. What can other people do to support female-founded businesses?

4. How do you build confidence with speaking with investors?

Important Information:

· CBRIN events are inclusive in nature and open to all.

· Did you know you can buy an annual pass for all the Female Founder event series? The annual pass will give you access to 5 events for the price of 4, so there is no need to re-purchase!

· Please arrive at 12.00pm for a 12.15pm start.

· Lunch is included in your ticket and provided by the local female-founded business, The Goods Wholefoods.

· *Please note: this event will be photographed. Some of these photos may be used to promote future Canberra Innovation Network events and programs. If you DO NOT wish to be photographed, please let the photographer know on the day.



What parking is available?

Parking is available at the City West Carpark, located on Allsop Street. There is also limited street parking around the building.

Where are you located?

Find us at Level 5, 1 Moore Street (City Community Health Building) on the corner of Alinga and Moore Street.

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