• MAP19 Info Night & Mixer

    Union Theatre

    Applications are now open for the MAP19 Startup Accelerator. We’re searching for Australia’s most ambitious founders who we believe can make some serious positive change in the world. Could it be you? Our five-month program provides you with $20k in funding (with no equity taken), inner-city office space, and access to mentoring from some of the best business minds in the country. Join us for Info Night... During this portion of the night, you'll learn Why you should get involved and how we can help take your startup to the next level What you can expect as a participant in our startup accelerator What our selection process is like How to put your best foot forward for your startup application How to make the most out of your experience at MAP ... and stay for the Mixer! Once the formalities conclude at 7:00pm, mingle and get to know the MAP team, our alumni, mentors and other founders in our community over pizza and refreshments at Ida Bar, next door. To find out if you are eligible for entry into the program, please refer to our website - http://themap.co

  • The Female Founder Connection

    10 La Trobe St

    Join one of Australia’s leading startup community builders, Judy Anderson (StartupVic) in a dynamic and vibrant night of networking especially for female founders. Meet and mingle with MAP’s network of founders, mentors and investors, as we come together to support diversity in our founder community and build relationships to help us flourish in 2019. Based on the successful (and sold out) StartupVic and One Roof event, “Back a Woman-Led Business” this event is all about turning advocacy into action. If you can, please register via Eventbrite here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-female-founder-connection-tickets-54838434233?aff=meetup If you are a female founder, the night will be all about you! Be sure to book a “Female Founder Ticket” so we can identify you and connect you to our network. If you are a supporter of the startup scene, we welcome you to join us by booking a “Supporter Ticket”. Whether you are a founder, mentor, advisor, VC or technical expert of any gender, it will be a great opportunity to meet each other and back the impressive female founders in our ecosystem.

  • Come (and bring a friend) to the MAP Female Founders Q&A Session!

    MAP17 Female Founders Q&A Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/map17-female-founders-qa-tickets-31438035009?aff=FFMeetup Because we're serious about supporting female founders through the startup journey, we're running a special workshop just for you. In an informal setting have all your questions answered about acceleration for your startup. Startups who gain entry into the MAP startup accelerator will obtain: $20,000 funding (no equity taken), structured mentoring, office workspace, unparalleled networking opportunities, and pitching opportunities in Australia and Silicon Valley. If you’re interested in applying for the MAP startup accelerator, the process has 4 stages: 1. Online application (including a 3-minute video); 2. Pitch night; 3. Interview (with MAP); and 4. Interview (with selection panel) MAP is also offering a new intensive acceleration program for earlier-stage startups in 2017. Find out more about this new part-time program and how it can help you take your startup to the next level. Join Lisian Teh (MAP Development Manager) and Maxine Lee (MAP Accelerator Manager) to discuss: -The best program for your needs; -Eligibility requirements; -Selection stages; -Selection criteria; and -Tips for applying! Eligibility criteria for the MAP startup accelerator is a University of Melbourne association (staff, student or alumni) however, our intensive acceleration and development programs are open to people from any background! If you're interested in applying but are unsure if you're eligible or ready to apply, this workshop is also for you! Come along and learn about your options. Join us for the MAP17 Female Founders Q&A, learn about our programs and meet some stellar fellow female founders! Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/map17-female-founders-qa-tickets-31438035009?aff=FFMeetup

  • Female Founders + Google Feb 2016


    We’re excited to be partnering with Google for the upcoming Female Founders Meetup! Sally-Ann Williams from Google will be interviewing Alison Hardacre, co-founder of HealthKit. They’ll chat about Alison’s startup journey, lessons learned and the future of HealthKIt. This will be followed by an audience q and a. After the interview we’ll have some food and drinks available, giving everyone a chance to network. When: Tuesday 16 February 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start Where: Lab14, 700 Swanston St, Melbourne Have any questions that you want to ask our speaker? Fill out this form! (https://docs.google.com/a/brosa.com/forms/d/1UOm-wcs1ed3XNnCP_IPL_bJURbjkZN-XiHZa-6RkJCg/viewform) Your Host: Maxine Lee Maxine oversees the MAP Startup Accelerator and manages the content of the program. She facilitates both local and global investor, mentor and channel partner connections to MAP’s portfolio of startups. Prior to MAP, Maxine worked in brand consulting with clients in IT, supply chain and logistics across Australia. She has a background in market research, advertising and worked to restructure a national non-for-profit organisation in 2013. After enjoying a brief stint in the fashion industry, she identified a need for designers to connect with funding online (leading to her first meeting with MAP). She graduated with a Master of Management (Accounting) from the University of Melbourne. The Interviewer: Sally-Ann Williams Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community & Outreach Manager for Google Australia. She is responsible for a broad portfolio of programs including leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement. In her role leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement she manages over 45 partnerships & programs designed to inspire students, equip teachers, and connect the community to the possibilities careers in CS can lead to. Most recently this work has included national implementation strategies to support ACARA’s Digital Technology curriculum and help position Australia as a nation of innovators. In her role with the startup community she manages partnerships and collaborates with co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, universities and the public sector to build and grow the ecosystem. Prior to joining Google 9 years ago, Sally-Ann worked at several Australian tertiary institutions in a range of academic and academic administration roles spanning executive education, public sector management, research and postgraduate degrees and tertiary management. A life long learner she holds an undergraduate and research masters degree and several other postgraduate qualifications. Our Guest Speaker: Alison Hardacre Alison Hardacre is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of HealthKit, a global health platform for patients and practitioners, providing practice management software to private practices customised to any health system and integrated services to patients such as searchable directories and patient portals to track your health. By bringing services together in the one platform, HealthKit solves major intractable issues in health, making healthcare more efficient, effective and accessible. In two years, HealthKit has become one of the top three practice management software providers in Australia and it is also one of the most used directories in Australia; with practitioners and patients in 40 different countries around the world, HealthKit is focused on international growth. Prior to founding HealthKit, Alison held executive strategy and management roles in banking and health insurance. She is also a former Young Australian of the Year for health and community service, and has served as a director of the National Suicide Prevention Board, the Stronger Families and Communities Partnership and Scope. Alison speaks five Asian languages and holds Arts, Law and MBA degrees. How to find our beautiful location:

  • Startup Victoria Champagne Dinner


    I hope that everyone is doing well as the end of the year approaches! I thought that I would bring to your attention an event that a bunch of us at Startup Victoria have organised. Startup Victoria is hosting a Champagne Dinner for Female Founders (https://register.canbook.me/femalefounders-dinner)– the first event of its kind in Melbourne. Come along for an evening of speed-meetings with other female entrepreneurs, build and strengthen your network and ignite your inner entrepreneur. Whether it is connections, inspirations or solutions you’re looking for, we hope you find your match. The event will be held at Watermark on the water’s edge at Docklands. We kick off at 6pm with champagne and canapés, spend an hour or so speed meeting and connecting with inspiring women, and then move on to a delicious 2-course dinner. We even have a surprise speaker lined up to build your entrepreneurial muscles even further. The Female Founder community in Melbourne is growing and strengthening, and now is the best time to become involved. If you are wondering how to get to the next level with your startup or idea come and meet some likeminded women, share ideas, knowledge and contacts, this is the perfect event to start. I'm in! Where do I sign?? Earlybird tickets are $70 each and must be purchased from our official event page here: https://register.canbook.me/femalefounders-dinner Please let me know if you have any questions!

  • Startup Victoria Meetup & Panel


    This is an event hosted by Startup Victoria and the lovely women at the Inspire9 co-working space. The event is free and looks like tons of fun, so come along! Please RSVP on their page, here. (https://weteachme.com/femalefounders/1009678-journey-of-a-female-founder-and-your-next-steps) Listen, discuss and share your journey, Female Founders Melbourne. We want to ignite and inspire the next steps in your entrepreneurial journey. As a founder, you will go through four phases of a startup: Wantrepreneur, Ideation, Commercialisation and Growth. Each phase comes with a different set of different challenges. Our event will provide insight and inspiration for overcoming these challenges. You're invited to join in with our panel discussion, take part in the fishbowl and some fun networking. So bring your colleagues or friends along for an interactive and energising evening at Inspire9. The Panelist will be: Debbie Symons (artist and web developer) Sarah Hamilton (CEO and co-founder of Bellabox) Demi Markogiannaki (Co-founder of WeTeachMe) Tahlia Mandie (Co-founder of Kakadu Plum Co) Christina Chen (Co-founder of Surprise Attack and now starting own startup) Please RSVP on this page in the link. (https://weteachme.com/femalefounders/1009678-journey-of-a-female-founder-and-your-next-steps)

  • Female Founders September with Google


    We’re excited to be partnering with Google for the upcoming Female Founders Meetup! Following some exciting Female Founders Melbourne announcements, Sally-Ann Williams from Google will be interviewing Charlotte Petris, co-founder of Timelio. They’ll chat about Charlotte’s startup journey, the future of Timelio and all the lessons she’s learned along the way. This will be followed by an audience q and a. After the interview we’ll have some food and drinks available, giving everyone a chance to network and make new friends. This will be the first meetup in which we've combined forces with Ladies of York and a few other meetup groups, so look around for lots of friendly new faces! Charlotte Petris Bio: I founded Timelio after experiencing first-hand how difficult it was for businesses to raise finance. Timelio is a peer-to-peer marketplace enabling businesses to access fast, flexible and lower cost working capital finance. I’ve worked with businesses’ for over 20 years in diverse finance and banking positions. From advising on raising finance to exit strategies including mergers and acquisitions. Having lived and worked in NZ, UK, Singapore and Australia, working in some of the world’s largest banks, I see Timelio as an opportunity to help businesses achieve their growth ambitions. Google have also created a small form (https://docs.google.com/a/google.com/forms/d/10_wyrvCCxN03hfV00pTNP-np0AeOvUHvcpW4qUpEKEE/viewform) so that you can submit questions, comments, and suggestions about which way we should take the talk. The Lab14 events space is located near the University of Melbourne. Any public transport travelling to the University of Melbourne will take you close to the venue.

  • Startup Victoria Female Founder Series Preview Night

    The York Butter Factory

    Hey everyone! Startup Victoria has put together a fantastic lineup of workshops for female entrepreneurs, and we're holding an exclusive preview night so you can get a peek at what they will be talking about. This event will start with networking, have a few 10 minute talks from some experts in the middle, and end with some more time to meet and connect with new people. We'll also be inviting a few other meetup groups who we're close to, including Ladies of York and Girl Geek Dinners, so there will be lots of friendly faces! You can RSVP here for announcements (including speakers, etc), but please also RSVP with Startup Victoria: https://register.canbook.me/femalefoundersinfonight Here's a quick look at what their workshops cover: "Over the course of 4 seminars we will explore the key success factors to building high growth companies, walk you through the growth financing landscape, help you grow your personal resilience, and demonstrate how to achieve step changes in growth. " Here's a link to their upcoming workshop: https://startupvictoria.canbook.me/femalefounders2 This is a laid back evening event hosted by Female Founders Melbourne where you can learn more about Startup Victoria’s Female Founder Series. Presented as a series of half day workshops, the series aims to inspire, support and empower women to found more high growth startups. Come along for the evening and learn about the workshop topics, get a sneak peak of the content from the experts, and network with other like-minded, ambitious individuals. Where to find us: The York Butter Factory co-working space is a short walk from Southern Cross Station. There are also a number of trams that come close, including the 11, 12, 48, 109 and any other trams that travel down Collins Street. Just look for the big red doors and the sign:

  • Female Founders + Google in May

    The Galley Room at the Waterside Hotel

    We're excited to welcome back our friends from the Sydney Google team for another night of food, drinks, inspiration, fun and of course awesome networking. Our events with Google are often our most lively and attended, so this isn't a evening you want to miss out on! All are welcome - business owners, future business owners, those pursuing leadership positions and anyone who wants to meet other ambitious, like-minded people. Men are of course welcome as well, as long as they align with our vision of supporting women as they pursue their dreams. This is a laid back evening held at the Waterside Hotel in the beautiful Galley Room, which is a short walk from anywhere in the Melbourne CBD, and easily found from Southern Cross Station: link to map (https://www.google.com.au/maps?q=galley+room&es_sm=91&biw=1251&bih=669&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=DHhFVf2JIKG8mQWEu4D4Aw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg). What to expect: the Galley Room is a classy venue, so they do have a dress code minimum of smart casual. They also state that "The Galley Room does not allow thongs, singlets or caps", which I imagine won't be too much of a problem! Google Australia has had a relationship with Female Founders since our founding meetup, and a proven commitment to inspiring and encouraging our members. This meetup is made possible by their generous support, and we can't wait to have them here in Melbourne again! If you want to spread the word, here's a sharable image that should work for both Facebook and Twitter:

  • Female Founders May with Google

    The Galley Room at the Waterside Hotel