Melbourne Summit

Ideation Workshop

Swinburne University of Technology
Saturday 24 April

Secure your spot for this FREE and unmissable event!

Hear from inspiring guest speakers, network with like-minded entrepreneurial businesswomen, participate in interactive and informative breakout sessions and much, much more! This Summit Event brings together an invaluable alliance of industry partners offering Enterprising Women access to a network of great resources and connections and the opportunity to brainstorm and develop your ideas on the road to the National Kickstarter Challenge.


Dr Amanda Caples
Victoria’s Lead Scientist

Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD is Victoria’s Lead Scientist, a ‘catalyst’ responsible for working across the Victorian Government to identify opportunities for economic outcomes by building relationships between business, the research sector and government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities.
Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and subsequently was appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology and Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs to drive the state’s science agenda. In these roles, Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international business development and research alliances. 
Amanda has worked with Commonwealth agencies on national science and innovation policies and programs, including the Australian Synchrotron and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

Jamila Rizvi
Author and Media Commentator

Jamila is Chief Creative Officer for Nine’s Future Women and a best-selling author for adults and children. She is an opinion columnist for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend and Sunday Life. Jamila also co-hosts two podcasts, The Weekend Briefing and Anonymous Was A Woman. Jamila has advised governments at the highest levels on gender equality, child care, media and employment.
She was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and is a 2020 Women and Leadership Australia award winner. Jamila is on the board of Melbourne Writers’ Festival, and an ambassador for CARE Australia and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation. She lives and works on Wurrundjeri land in Melbourne, with her husband Jeremy, 5-year-old Rafi and a lot of unfinished lockdown craft projects.

Professor Virginia Kilborn
Dean of Science, and Professor of Astrophysics, Swinburne

Professor Kilborn is the Dean of Science, and Professor of Astrophysics at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focuses on tracing galaxy evolution by studying the neutral hydrogen gas in galaxies, and she is co-leading surveys with next generation radio telescopes, such as the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the SKA. Virginia undertook her PhD studies at the University of Melbourne, and following a post-doctoral research position at Jodrell Bank observatory in the UK, she returned to Melbourne to take up an ARC-CSIRO linkage fellowship at Swinburne in 2003. Virginia is an enthusiastic educator and has taught into the Swinburne Astronomy online program, is a current teacher into the Swinburne BSc, as well as undertaking numerous public outreach opportunities. Virginia is an executive leader for Swinburne’s Space Technology Strategy, and co-leads the SHINE space education program, enabling students to send experiments to the International Space Station. Virginia champions gender equity initiatives, co-leads the Swinburne Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) at Swinburne, and is a co-founder and steering committee member of the WATTLE Women in Leadership program.

Kim Anderson
Head of Growth Acceleration, AWS

Kim leads Growth Acceleration at AWS across Australia and New Zealand focused on enabling our digital native scaleups to dream bigger and deliver breakthrough sustainable innovation. Kim is a deeply passionate digital business builder and has supported the growth of customer obsessed start-ups, universities, enterprises and public services spanning APAC and UK. This includes previous leadership roles such as running National Australia Bank’s (NAB) innovation hub called ‘NAB Labs’ growing new solutions and businesses in-market, scaling a portfolio of fintech investments and establishing new strategic partnerships. Kim is also an active champion of diversity across the tech ecosystem, and is a SheEO activator, supporting the development of women-led ventures around the world.

Dr Elaine Saunders
Scientist and Entrepreneur

Dr Saunders BSc MSc, PhD, GAICD, Grad Dip Mgt (Technology) is a successful entrepreneur and an advocate on hearing loss. A Biomedical Engineer, Audiological Scientist, business-woman, disruptor, author, speaker and professional Director, Elaine has co-founded and led two award-winning companies which have changed the hearing industry: Blamey Saunders hears, a hearing aid and telehealth company; and Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd (now part of Cirrus Logic).
Elaine has led two teams to win the Australian Good Design Award and two companies to sustainability and exit. She has advised many companies through growth, from start-up. Elaine’s recent personal awards include the BioMelbourne Network’s Women in Leadership Award (2015), AFR/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence (2015), the American Academy of Audiology’s Award for Achievements in Industry (2010) and the ATSE Clunies Ross Medal for Entrepreneur of the Year (2016). In 2004, she was the National Telstra Business Woman of the Year winner in the Govt, Private & Corporate Sector. She was a Churchill Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Academy of technology, Science and Engineering.
Elaine is an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University, and Chair of its Innovation Precinct Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF),the NFMRI, and a former Non-Exec Director of Alfred Health. Elaine’s latest venture is in leading Bingarra Scale-Up Solutions, a company that helps scale, spin-off or commercialise.

Dr Deepa Prabhu
Biomedical Engineer and Inventor

Deepa is a Biomedical Engineer and inventor of Cue Sleeve, a motorised, wearable sleeve that provides motion guidance for people with vision impairment. Her rehabilitation tool can also be used for general assistance in day-to-day lives. She comes from the industry with over 10 years of experience in designing biomedical technologies for soldiers in the Department of Defence – DRDO in India. She is a current PhD student of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, in the final stages of completion.

Dr Rosalie Hocking 
Vice Chancellor’s Women in STEM Fellow

Rosalie Hocking is a chemist whose research is aimed at the development of electrochemical devices to make commodity chemicals (like hydrogen and ammonia) from solar-derived electricity. Her work makes extensive use of the Australian Synchrotron where she uses X-rays to find out how new materials work, and why sometimes they don’t! She is also researching the development of cheap sensor devices that would provide instantaneous chemical information, important in applications like Asbestos identification on building sites. Rosalie completed her PhD in physical and inorganic chemistry from the University Sydney in 2004. She has since held positions at Stanford University/Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, CSIRO Land and Water, Monash University and James Cook University before commencing her current position at Swinburne University of Technology. She has served as Chair of the User Advisory committee of the Australian Synchrotron and on the Program Advisory Committees for two beamlines.

Dr Leonie Walsh
Former Lead Scientist Victoria

Dr Leonie Walsh is a strategic adviser in technological innovation with over 30 years of local and international experience across a broad range of industries. Leonie’s career bridged across Industry, Government and Academia as the inaugural Lead Scientist for the Victorian Government from 2013 to 2016 with a focus on innovation, technology commercialisation and the future skilled workforce. In this role Leonie helped to establish the Inspiring Women’s program involving Fellowships and internships supporting women in STEM careers.
Leonie’s most recent focus has been in the Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Education sectors with current roles including the Board Chair for the Center for New Energy Technologies (C4NET), Swinburne University of Technology Council member, Vice Chair of the Victorian Cleantech Cluster, Board Director of the Victorian Clean Technology Fund and Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Leonie holds a BSc and an MSc from Swinburne University, an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Leonie also received an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University of Technology in 2014 for contributions to Science, Innovation and the Community and was the Inaugural Ambassador for Women in STEMM Australia.

Event Program

SESSION 1: Thursday 22 April - Livestream Virtual Panel

Opening and Welcome

Corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, investor, Venture Partner, startup coach and advisor, Noga Edelstein, will welcome attendees to the second event in the Enterprising Women National Summit Event series.

7:00pm - 7:10pm

Guest Speaker

Hear from our special guest speaker Dr. Amanda Caples – Victoria’s Lead Scientist – “Not a nuclear physicist” 

7:10pm - 7:20pm

Panel Discussion

Hear from our inspiring panel guests as they discuss: How science and innovation are helping to shape the future of female entrepreneurship and the importance of having self-confidence as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

7:20pm - 8:20pm

Keynote Address

Professor Virginia Kilborn, Dean of Science and Professor of Astrophysics – Swinburne University of Technology.

8:20pm - 8:30pm


MC, Noga Edelstein, will conclude the virtual panel Livestream and highlight further opportunities for involvement in the Accelerator for Enterprising Women.

8:30pm - 8:35pm

SESSION 2: Saturday 24 April - Face to face Ideation Workshop

Arrival and Registration

Make sure you arrive nice and early to secure your seat for a jam packed day of Enterprising Women!
9:30am - 10:00am

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

Corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, investor, venture partner, startup coach and advisor, Noga Edelstein will welcome attendees to the second session of the Enterprising Women Summit.

10:00am - 10:05am

Breakout Sessions

Industry professionals and business founders share their expertise on specific topics, interactive Q+As and open discussion. Choose your breakout session of interest:

Session 1: The entrepreneurial opportunities for women in wearable MedTech with Deepa Prahu – Biomedical Engineer and inventor of Cue Sleeve
Session 2: Innovation through Chemical Detection – From using Synchrotrons to Make Hydrogen to using Phones to find Asbestos with Dr Rosalie Hocking – Vice Chancellor’s Women in STEM Fellow
Session 3: The benefits of broad based skills for future careers and the value of volunteering on career progression with Dr Leonie Walsh – Strategic Adviser in Technological Innovation

10:05am - 11:15am

Intermission and Morning Tea

Tea, coffee and networking

11:15am - 12:00pm

Kickstarter Ideation Session

Got a business or entrepreneurial idea you’ve always wanted to bring to life? Join not for profit social enterprise Young Change Agents (YCA) in this interactive session exploring problems, reframing them as opportunities and identifying their root causes. Learn ideation techniques and begin your validation process as you prepare your idea for submission into the Kickstarter Challenge.

12:00pm - 1:30pm


MC, Noga Edelstein, will conclude the day and highlight further opportunities for involvement in the Accelerator for Enterprising Women.
1:30pm - 1:35pm

Event Videos

Couldn’t make it to one of the Accelerator for Enterprising Women Summit Events? Fear not…we’ve got you covered! Catch up on all the amazing advice, tips and entrepreneurial expertise from our guest panel by watching the event videos On Demand.