About the Female Founders program
The Female Founders program is designed to assist female founders at different stages of the entrepreneurial lifecycle.
The program focuses on increasing the participation rates and business skills of female founders in Queensland along with providing support to those who are in the growth phase and need assistance to take their business to the next level. The program is aimed at female founders who are:
- starting out but need to work on their business skills and capability
- looking for mentors
- wanting to attend networking events
- getting ready to establish an advisory board
- seeking connection with a community of female founders.
The Queensland Government has placed gender equity as a priority issue and is supporting female founders to start and grow their business.
“The 2017 StartupAUS Crossroads report found that only 4% of startups have an all-female founding team and as few as 15% have at least one female founder.”
Advance Queensland has used feedback from key female leaders from Queensland’s startup community to help shape and design the Female Founders program to maximise the number of inspirational women involved in Queensland’s innovation ecosystem.
How can the Female Founders Program support you?
Advance Queensland provides various programs and funding to help support female founders at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey.
Female Founders Impact Program
Delivers capability development activities which focus on confidence, education and skills development. Delivered by Impact Innovation Group, program options include:
- Personalised Pathways
- Mentor Match
- Learning Links
- Events and Webinars
Applications are now open, visit Impact Innovation Group for more information.
Female Founders Advisory Board Program
Delivering the skills and exposure to engage effectively with advisors and to establish best practice governance and advisory foundations in your business to support growth. Delivered by the Advisory Board Centre, programs include:
- Essentials Program: group sessions designed for female business owners with growth aspirations who need assistance gaining clarity on the type of support they need including confidence, skills and exposure
- Starter Program: designed to establish best practice governance, business diagnostics and foundations of a structure to support their growth plans
Applications are now open, visit Advisory Board Centre for more information.
BIO 2020 Female Business Leaders Program
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the BIO Convention in San Diego will not be proceeding.
Consequently, the previously advertised BIO 2020 Female Business Leaders program has been discontinued.
Advance Queensland is a strong supporter of the life sciences sector and will continue to promote opportunities for female business leaders in this industry.
Funded 10 places within the global SheEO Network in 2019.