Female Founder Festival


University of Canberra: Ann Harding Conference Centre
1 May, 2023

Turn your passion into your profession!

The Accelerator for Enterprising Women x lady-brains are here to help you take your business idea to the next level.

The Canberra Female Founder Festival is the best place to start with that great idea you’ve got → Crush your doubts and transform your business idea into a thriving venture with our expert guidance and support.

  • Networking opportunities with experts and peers
  • Exclusive workshops with the founder and host of top-rated podcast, lady-brains
  • Insider tips for Kickstarter Challenge and a chance to meet scouts on the lookout for winning ideas
  • Valued at $250 per ticket, this event is FREE – book your ticket today!


Hosted by Caitlin Judd

Caitlin is the co-founder of lady-brains, a platform dedicated to helping early-stage founders and their businesses grow, so they can live more fulfilling, meaningful and sustainable lives.

She also hosts the lady-brains podcast: one of the Australia’s top-rated entrepreneurial podcasts. Known for getting the story behind the story, Caitlin helps to bridge the gap between entrepreneurial listeners and incredible global founders (founders like MECCA’s Jo Horgan and author extraordinaire Cleo Wade).

As a brand coach and strategist, Caitlin has over 10+ years experience in the leadership, community, wellbeing and positive psychology space. She’s helped to build multimillion-dollar businesses across Australia, US, Canada, Singapore and Europe.

Jemma Mrdak

Founder and Director of Dak & Co

Jemma is a dynamic entrepreneur who founded Dak & Co, a boutique marketing agency specialising in strategy, social media, compelling content and activating brands. With a background in marketing, public relations, and fashion, Jemma has built a successful business that has worked with a range of high-profile clients and events, including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Jemma wants to explain why personal branding is just as important as business branding.

Amanda Whitley

Founder and Director of Her Canberra

Meet the creator of Canberra’s leading female-led lifestyle media brand, Her Canberra. With nearly 30 years of experience in journalism and media, Amanda is a well-respected figure in the industry and has been recognised with numerous awards for her work. Amanda wants to help you identify a niche market and utilise it.

April Hélène-Horton

‘The Bodzilla’

April Hélène-Horton, better known as @thebodzilla, is a body positivity advocate and public speaker. She is passionate about empowering people to embrace their bodies and promoting authentic diversity and inclusivity. April’s online community grew in 2020 and has continued to thrive; in this conversation, you’ll find out ways to share your own message and build your audience!

Laura Dawson

Laura Beanie

Co-founder & performer in The Beanies

With a hit TV show on ABC Kids and two Aria nominations under her belt, Laura successfully turned her passion for performing into her career. As a member of The Beanies, she creates fun and educational music for kids. Laura is ready to talk to you knowing who your customer is and how to turn a silly idea into a serious business.

Event Program

Monday, 1 May 2023

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

Meet Caitlin Judd and Anna Mackenzie from Lady Brains, these girls listen, connect and ensure you don’t let that ‘eventually’ or ‘one day’ thing sit in the ideas incubator forever.

5:00pm - 5:20pm

Arrival and registration

Arrive nice and early to grab your car park, check in, get your free professional headshot and refuel before the event kicks off.


Welcome and introduction

Caitlin Judd, co-founder of  lady-brains, will welcome you to the Female Founder Festival. Hear about her path to becoming the host of one of Australia’s top-rated podcasts and what being an entrepreneur means to her.


Panel Discussion

Caitlin will facilitate a panel discussion with four leading female-founders. Listen to each of them speak about the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur. Get your questions ready for the panel as we move into the Q&A section of the Festival.


Networking and supper

Enjoy a light supper and warm drink while you connect with like-minded women and industry leaders. Book in to experience Archer’s Lab, our virtual reality experience designed to increase your confidence in pitching your business idea.


Workshop #1

Caitlin Judd shares her coaching experience to help you discover your strengths and how to play to them as you start your own business.


Workshop #2

Get your bite-sized version of lady-brains ‘Base Camp’. This toolbox will get you laser focused on nailing your purpose, vision and offering, plus must-hear advice regarding branding.



After a group photo, our MC Caitlin Judd will highlight further opportunities for involvement in the Accelerator for Enterprising Women program including how you can get the upper hand with your Kickstarter Challenge submission.


Event Videos

Want to get a feel for what the Female Founder Festivals will be like? Check out our videos from the 2021 Accelerator for Enterprising Women Summit Events and secure your seat today. 

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