Startup Stories - Jacqueline Haines, vavven.org

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 01:00 pm — Thursday, 27 July 2017, 02:00 pm


Location Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle
Contact Siobhan.Curran@newcastle.edu.au

Ever wondered what social entrepreneurship is? Meet Jacqueline Haines. After more than a decade running a heavy industrial project management company, she’s now turning her hand to setting up an enterprise which has a more social and intimate focus. With the tagline ‘We’re for(e)play’, her startup vavven.org is looking to disrupt the $15b global sex toy industry from its Mayfield base by selling ethically produced products as well as using the brand to promote gender issues. Vavven also gives back by donating a third of its profits to aid organisations that champion sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. Come along and hear from Jacqueline about the unique challenges facing founders of social enterprises, and what the future has in store for Vavven.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday between 1-2pm at University of Newcastle's coworking space Three76 Hub on Hunter Street. Over BYO lunch, a startup founder talks candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region.

Program Partners

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program funding