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Insights, inspiration and networking: Recap of the first Female Founder Festival

Participants at the Canberra Female Founder Festival, May 2023

The first Female Founder Festival of 2023 took place in Canberra on 1 May 2023 and boy did your ideas and talent blow us away! The event brought together a huge group of like-minded female entrepreneurs, creating a vibrant atmosphere full of energy and enthusiasm.

The festival featured an impressive lineup of speakers, including experts in the fields of journalism, fashion, body positivity and kids entertainment. Amanda Whitley, Jemma Mrdak, April Hélène-Horton and Laura Dawson (Beanie) brought a unique perspective and shared their experiences, insights, and practical advice to help female entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

The panelists were dropping valuable tips and tricks left right and centre. Here are just some of our favourites:

  • If you don’t pick a time to rest, your body will pick it for you.
  • Outsource organisation to apps wherever you can.
  • Recruiting and passing on the reins is difficult, but the benefits are worth it – you’ll have more time to grow your business or take care of yourself.
  • Identify your most valuable asset and track its dollar-to-effort ratio, so you can focus on what matters and get paid accordingly.
  • Asking for money for your service can be scary, why not share the amounts and discussions with people in your field? This might seem counterintuitive – but breaking down the secrecy around budgets can really help.
  • Set up structures in your business now! Think about how you hope it will be in the future. This will save you time, effort and tricky conversations down the track.
  • Enjoy what you’ve created, a holding phase is OK
  • Don’t wait for a sign! Start taking action towards your goals now.
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone can lead to great rewards…
One of the most memorable moments was when Caitlin Judd and Charlotte Rose took the stage to run two exclusive lady-brains x Enterprising Women workshops. Caitlin and Charlotte provided valuable insights on how to harness your talents in the business world. They also broke down ‘how to sell’ into a simple formula that attendees were eager to try out. The workshops were interactive and engaging, with plenty of ‘aha’ moments and furious note-taking.

The festival was a fantastic opportunity for women entrepreneurs to network with other like-minded women, share their experiences, and discover new business opportunities. The atmosphere was electric, and the positive energy was palpable.

Thank you to everyone who attended, we can’t wait to see what you do next!

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