Tank Stream Labs recently held a national week-long series of events dedicated to female entrepreneurs.
Over 50 thought leaders shared their expertise and sparked great debate. 20 plus events across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth brought together people from across the startup ecosystem. “It was great to see so many amazing women coming together to support each other and learn from one another. All of the speakers – female and male – were very generous with their time and shared great insights.” said Julie Demsey, former General Manager of SBE Australia
Fintech in particular is dominated by males. Only 3% of tech firms are founded by women. Yet, when funded, female founded tech startups deliver 35% higher ROI than male led firms. Start Up Muster’s 2017 Report revealed the number of female founders is continuing to trend upwards, sitting at 25.4% up from 23.5% the previous year.
Tank Stream Labs have set out to tackle the burning question – How can we grow this number and what do we need to do to increase female involvement in what has been a male dominant space.
“Female Entrepreneur Week is such an incredible initiative by Tank Stream Labs, it helps to start great conversations amongst the startup community and empower our current and future female entrepreneurs”. Christie Whitehill, Founder of Tech Ready Women and one of the many amazing panelists of Female Entrepreneur Week.
A highlight of the weeks events was a fireside chat with Katherine McConnell, CEO and Founder of Brighte. Katherine’s story is one that left everyone in the room inspired. In less than three years Katherine has gone from quitting her corporate job at an investment bank to running a Fintech with 60 plus people. She has won investment from Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, Airtree Ventures and recently closed an $18m series B investment round. Katherine also won Fintech Leader of the Year and Fintech Female Leader of the year. Clearly, Katherine is forging the way for females (and males) and rewriting the rules when it comes to launching a successful Fintech.
Watch out for an in-depth interview with Katherine McConnell.