SheStarts has been recognised as a leading example of international best practice in inclusive entrepreneurship, with SheStarts Director Nicola Hazell invited to present the SheStarts model of design for diversity at the OECD Forum in Paris this year, which was focused on bridging divides through actionable solutions for addressing economic and social inequalities.
In October 2016, BlueChilli launched a national talent search for ambitious female entrepreneurs with big ideas for high-impact tech companies - reaching more than 100,000 entrepreneurs across Australia.
From more than 800 applicants, and following a rapid validation bootcamp and pitch event for the top 20, 10 female-led startups were selected to receive $100k in pre-seed funding and placement in the world-class SheStarts accelerator - to build and grow their companies and launch innovative new products or services to the world.
Brancott Estate was built on a pioneering spirit since planting Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough 40 years ago. Hence, the Winexplorer competition called on entrepreneurs, inventors and wine enthusiasts to submit ideas that would transform the way people choose and enjoy wine. Startups were selected for the bootcamp which had the ability to disrupt the agriculture industry, from farm to distribution to customer enjoyment.
This Disrupt@Scale program awarded $75,000 equity investment and 6 months incubation at BlueChilli to five startups selected from 146 applicants. The theme of the program was the result of strategic consultation with Westpac executives to determine where the best opportunities were to be found at the intersection of problem space, technology, innovation and investment.
From Mining Boom to Dining Boom, the AgriTech innovation challenge was to find a technology startup designed to make the agriculture sector grow.
The AgriTech innovation challenge was designed to engage Westpac employees with the entrepreneurial community and was deemed a large success by Westpac with a high internal ROI.