What is this guide? 

An initiative of the Australian Government, in partnership with the Women in STEM Ambassador, the Australian Resource Directory for Women Entrepreneurs has been created as a nationwide resource for female entrepreneurs to provide consolidated information on the following opportunities for women in business.

  • Entrepreneur programs
  • Sources of funding
  • Networks
  • Training courses
  • Mentor opportunities
  • Online business growth tools
  • Professional development.

How did it come about?

Its inception began when the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) carried out research in 2019 that flagged some persistent challenges faced by female entrepreneurs who were starting or running a business.  These included: 

  1. Limited access to funding 
  2. Limited access to information and peer to peer networks
  3. Lack of confidence in qualitative findings 

So, as part of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative, the Australian Resource Directory for Women Entrepreneurs was developed to support women in these areas.

What opportunities are there for podiatrists? 

Here’s a roundup of some relevant opportunities which stood out after we went through over 450 entries listed in this guide. Read on to see if any of these opportunities interest you.

Do you carry out research or want to?

The NHMRC Women in Health Science Working Committee was established to gain a better understanding of the issues that women researchers face in health and medical research and barriers to career progression.


The Biomedical Translation Bridge also supports a business to fund and nurture early stage health and medical research ventures to reach proof-of-concept stage. With this support, the ventures have the potential to attract further capital and support.




Are you looking to connect with other female entrepreneurs in the health & wider research sector?

Franklin Women is Australia’s only community for women working in health and medical research related careers. Their mission is to empower women to pursue rewarding careers across the health and medical research sector.


Women in STEMM Australia is a non-profit organisation founded in 2014 which has grown into a nationally recognised association for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). Women in STEMM’s overarching goal is to connect women in STEMM regardless of their discipline and profession. Their website and social media profiles operate as their primary engagement platform to connect women in STEMM with “extraordinary people”. 




Do you have an idea for a technology-based podiatry product you want to develop?

As the largest global network for the women’s health technology ecosystem, FemTech Collective brings women together to connect and amplify professionals to grow the global FemTech Industry.


Also, the Giant Leap Fund is Australia’s first venture capital fund that is 100% dedicated to investing in impact startups – rapidly scalable businesses that blend financial returns with real and measurable social and environmental benefits. Giant Leap invests across the themes of sustainable living, health and wellbeing and empowering people.


Also check out, MedTech Actuator which supports MedTech innovators in commercialising genuinely new, hard-to-come-up-with, scientific discoveries that can “change the face of healthcare”. 


Last but not least, there is FLEDGE Innovation Labs, an independent enterprise that provides low-cost access to collaborative working spaces, laboratory facilities, scientific equipment, and business support. This is backed up by “an extensive network of experienced advisors and mentors from some of Australia’s most respected research institutions, service providers and multinational healthcare companies”.




Want to deep dive into the gender data & policy statistics?

The World Bank’s Gender Data Portal makes the latest gender statistics accessible through compelling narratives and data visualisations to improve the understanding of gender data and facilitate analyses that inform policy choices.




Do you identify as LGBTQIA+ and want to network?

Queers in Science is an organisation that builds community and improving support for LGBTQIA+ people in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia.




Want to build your profile as a public speaker?

Women Speakers in Healthcare ANZ, are building Australia & New Zealand’s largest database of female healthcare professionals who have an interest in speaking at healthcare-related events.


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