Female Founders Program

Female Founders Program 2021 Demo Day

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Female Founders Cohort 2021

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Are you trying to start a company?

The Female Founders Program is a springboard for female founders based in the Newcastle region, empowering them to navigate their startup journey with confidence. The program’s main aim is to level the playing field for committed female founders to build their businesses and reach their fullest potential.

The Female Founders Program focuses on supporting majority female-led startups by delivering high-quality support including:

  1. Tailored mentoring and coaching
  2. Startup insight workshops
  3. Peer network development
  4. Continued support

This free 10-week program is centered around insight workshops, covering topics such as:

  • Understanding your business opportunity
  • Understanding your market
  • Exploring your customer journey and validation concepts
  • Evaluating your competition
  • Developing your business model
  • Developing a minimum viable product
  • Startup legals
  • Fundraising and pitching

The program focuses on hands-on peer-to-peer learning and the cohort companies sharing the challenges in their own individual journeys. Founders will experience access to a supportive professional network and community and have the opportunity to connect with industry experts.

Additionally, the Female Founders program offers access to cross-program sessions hosted by I2N.

Important dates

Applications are now closed

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Why I2N?

The University of Newcastle's I2N works with individuals and organisations from across the Hunter region and beyond to turn ideas and challenges into opportunities. As a leading driver of economic and business growth, the I2N cultivates entrepreneurial mindsets behind many of the region's most innovative businesses and leaders.

Our programs are more than theory. They are about action and equipping you with the practical tools and strategies necessary to have an immediate impact on your entrepreneurship journey.

Program Partner

The Female Founders Program is proudly supported by the City of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.