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TRW Female Founder Connect | Raising Capital as a Female Founder: Opportunities & Challenges

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Are you a female founder looking to raise capital for your startup? 

Join us for an exciting in-person inspirational event where we will explore the opportunities and challenges of fundraising as a female founder. This event will provide you with insights and strategies to help you secure the funding you need to take your business to the next level 🚀

Learn from female-founder-supporter investors in the crowdfunding and angel investing industries who will share their experiences and advice on how to navigate the fundraising process. You'll also hear the success story of a startup founder raising capital to learn more about the journey.

We will also have the pleasure of hosting Liz Jackson, Associate Director, Programming and Engagement of the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, who will share details on the MVP Venture Program, a program designed to support innovative firms and businesses throughout their commercialisation journey with grants from $25,000 to $200,000.

You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, network with other female founders, and gain valuable insights into the world of startup fundraising. Whether you're just starting out or looking to scale your business, this event is for you.

Come along and take the first step towards securing the funding you need to grow your business.

Register now to secure your spot and join us for an informative and inspiring morning event with drinks & nibbles.

This event is powered by Tech Ready Women (TRW) with the support of the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, as part of the TRW Female Founder Connect community: a startup community of female founders building scalable startups.

Guest Speakers

Ben Weinberger - Head of Fundraising & Investments at Crowdfunding Equitise 

Ben leads the fundraising team in identifying, assessing and supporting startups in their growth journey. This includes managing the due diligence, onboarding and execution of capital raises on Equitise, and ensuring the best outcome for startup and investor. Having started his career in technology consulting, Ben has most recently led the design and delivery of startup accelerator programs within venture capital firms Slingshot and Taronga Ventures. He is passionate about supporting founders to grow and scale their businesses sustainably.

Equitise is Australia's Leading Equity Crowdfunding Platform that connects investors with exciting startups and early stage businesses. Equitise is backed by the best financial investors in Australia and New Zealand: Investec, AWI, H2 Ventures, Tank Stream Ventures, BridgeLane Capital and well-known Angels. From 2018, Equitise has raised $85m in funds with +22k investments made.

Kopi Nadarajah - CEO and Founder at HealthcareLink

Kopi has over 20 years of experience in technology, media and business intelligence, and consultative solutions, including close to 10 years with the WPP group of companies working with designing and architecting online media tech platforms.

Kopi founded HealthcareLink, an online network and marketplace for connecting Healthcare & Medical Professionals with Medical Practices and Providers. Kopi was responsible for developing and implementing the technology from the ground up and executing business strategies to raise funding to grow HealthcareLink from start-up to scale-up successfully.

Kopi holds a Master of Science (eBusiness Technology) from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Information Technology from Griffith University, and was one of the first tenants at the Western Sydney Startup Hub.

Krista Walter - Angel Investor and Director at WE Communications

Krista is a Sydney Angels member and an experienced angel investor with a passion to support female founders.

Krista consults in strategic investor relations and ESG. Krista has a strong interest in helping companies understand and communicate competitive advantages in order to maximize value and growth. Krista has a keen interest in the Energy Transition, deep-tech and the early-stage ecosystem, in which she is also a mentor at EnergyLab and UNSW Founders.

Liz Jackson - Associate Director, Programming and Engagement of the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade

Liz Jackson has a diverse educational background spanning over 12 years, with a passion to ensure an inclusive ecosystem that supports and provides education and support for all. In her role at the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Liz's efforts are towards unlocking opportunities for NSW founders to start up and scale their businesses through quality education and funding provisions, focused on the regional, youth and female areas.

Who is this event for?

If you’re a woman testing, launching or scaling a startup, then this event is for you. Men are also welcome by all means!

What to expect

10 AM - 10.30 AM Networking (30 mins)

10.30 AM - 10.35 AM Welcome + Event formalities (5 mins)

10.35 AM - 11.25 AM Panel of Investors & Government + Q&A (50 mins)

11.25 AM - 11.30 AM TRW Female Founder Connect (5 mins)

11.30 AM - 12 PM Networking (30 mins)

About TRW Female Founder Connect

TRW Female Founder Connect is a startup community created to support women at all stages of the startup journey. Members of Female Founder Connect get access to exclusive monthly Lunch & Learns, founder meet-ups, accessible startup coaching sessions with top-class mentors, introductions to programs, grants and investors, networking events, and a community of wonderful and supportive female founders.

To learn more and apply, head to our website.

What is the cost?

👉 For the general public, the ticket fee is $15.

👉 FREE for Members of the TRW Female Founder Connect community.

Spots are limited to 50 attendees so get your ticket now!

Place and date

📍Western Sydney Startup Hub: 5 Fleet Street, North Parramatta, NSW 2151

🗓️ Thursday, 27 April from AEST 10 AM to 12 PM

Who are we

Tech Ready Women supports females to receive world-class tech and entrepreneurship education and mentorship, through our 8-week TRW Female Founder Startup Program and now TRW Female Founder Connect Community.

We are excited to see you there! 💛

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