LeadHers program paves way for female entrepreneurship

17 Apr 2018

LeadHers is the University of Queensland's newest Ventures program. It seeks to empower UQ women to be future change-makers and leaders in innovation.

Following the success of previous Idea Hub workshop sessions, which impacted more than 1000 students in the last two years, Ventures is now tailoring the program to an all-female cohort taught by leading women in business.

The sessions, covering topics from ideation to raising capital, will be supported by and inspired by local and international female mentors as they share their startup journeys.

UQ Idea Hub Director Mr Nimrod Klayman said that the LeadHers program will give female UQ staff, students and alumni the opportunity to connect with and learn from female leaders in business and support each other.

"LeadHers gives UQ women the opportunity to connect with some of the country’s best business leaders in the company, as well as like-minded women across the University," Mr Klayman said.

According to the most recent Startup Muster national report , female founders of Australian startups have increased by 57 per cent from 2014 to 2017, but currently only make up 25.4 per cent of all startup founders.

LeadHers aims to foster this rise in women’s participation in the wider innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

“By providing these programs from an all-female perspective, participants gain essential skills to help navigate the male-dominated industry directly from successful leaders in industry.”

The program takes place every Thursday 4.30-6.30pm for five weeks beginning Thursday 26 April. Applications are now open to UQ women, including students, staff and alumni. Applications close 5pm Monday 16 April 2018.