Five female founders received Advance Queensland funding towards the mission in London:
- Bronwyn Buksh, Digital Precinct Pty Ltd, Peregian Beach—Co‑founder//Director, platform for local technologists to create a digital hot-spot in Noosa, where founders, startups and technologists can live and work in a unique beach environment—enriched by arts and cultural experiences.
- Jannah Dryden, Album Registry Pty Ltd, Cairns—Founder/Director of an online gift registry platform for professional photographers who provide photographic print products/services for their clients.
- Megan Avard, SurePact Holdings Pty Ltd, Pimpama—Founder/CEO of an enterprise SaaS startup providing contract and procurement analytics and risk identification solutions to governments/businesses, saving millions of dollars avoiding cost, time and scope blowouts.
- Bronwyn Fenech, FMSTUDIOS, Rockhampton—Managing Director of a bespoke graphic design and website design studio.
- Anne-Marie Walton, CEO at Wantu a for‑profit impact enterprise making parenting easier for happy kids, encouraging social play by using technology for quick fun and activities together, off-screen.
About the program
Startup Catalyst missions help Queensland’s entrepreneurs, investors and executives gain crucial insight into the mindset and culture of places where global success is a way of life, and to build new connections in new export markets.
This mission was open to female founders, investors, corporate innovation leaders, and government policy makers from across Australia who were looking to connect with and learn from other female leaders from the Australian and London startup communities, and who wanted to understand the UK market and build long-range international networks.
The 5 successful Advance Queensland participants each received $5,500 (excluding GST) support to fund the Startup Catalyst mission fee, covering:
- 6 nights accommodation
- organised tours
- meetings (including two hosted networking events and one mission dinner).
Participants must pay for their return international flights, any domestic flights within Australia, and personal out-of-pocket expenses.