University of South Australia: UniSA
18 June, 2021

Secure your spot for this FREE and unmissable event!

Hear from inspiring guest speakers, network with like-minded entrepreneurial business women, participate in interactive and informative breakout sessions, and much, much more! In partnership with the University of South Australia (UniSA), this Summit brings together an invaluable alliance of industry partners offering Enterprising Women access to a network of great resources and connections. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to brainstorm and develop your ideas on the road to the National Kickstarter Challenge!


Eloise Hall
Co-Founder and Managing Director TABOO

Eloise is the co-founder and Managing Director of TABOO. A Social enterprise that sells high quality, certified organic cotton pads and tampons with all company profits dedicated to eradicating period poverty. TABOO’s campaign efforts are designed to dismantle menstrual stigma and free the conversation of periods. Eloise is completing a double degree of Business and International Relations at Flinders University and has more than 5 years experience in hospitality. She’s committed to making long lasting, structural change to bridge the inequality that exists in our communities. Eloise was recognised as the youngest of InDaily’s 40 under 40 recipients in 2020, The Advertisers Woman of the year Rising Star award 2021 and a 2019 Women in Innovation finalist.

Dr. Manuela Klingler-Hoffmann
Recipient of the 2020 Winnovation Award (Science)

Dr Manuela Klingler-Hoffmann is a Research Fellow at the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute and the recipient of the 2020 Winnovation award in the Science category. She is passionate about providing solutions for here and now and is fulfilling the vision to make personalised medicine a reality for women with ovarian cancer by developing
disruptive laboratory technology. Her strengths are her analytical skills, her ability to identify and develop opportunities, to follow through, and to deliver on time and on budget. Her co-developed IP has been valued in the millions and will hopefully in the future make a positive impact to people’s lives. She is a strong advocate for gender equity and is excited about meeting the next generation of enterprising women.

Shruti Sardeshmukh
Executive Co-director – Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE)

Shruti Sardeshmukh is an associate professor in the UniSA Business and is the executive co-director of the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE). She came to academia after working in IT Startups in the US. Shaped by her experience, her research revolves around entrepreneurship and gender issues in male-dominated contexts.

Susannah Emery
Lecturer of Game Design and Digital Media – UniSA

Susannah is a Lecturer of Game Design and Digital Media at the University of South Australia, primarily teaching in the Bachelor of Creative Industries program. She is currently completing her PhD in game design at Curtin University. Susannah’s research interests focus on video games and digital media for education and social change. She is currently involved with several projects in this area, including ‘Hannah’ – an interactive narrative game that helps family and friends provide support to those experiencing Domestic Violence. Susannah is committed to promoting diversity in the games industry and is an International Women in Games Ambassador. As an Ambassador she helps to support and encourage women and girls in understanding the games industry and the opportunities there are within it.

Guler Kocak

Guler is a Physical Chemist working on organic electronics and eco-friendly energy resources, she recently started her own business start-up called SPACELIS aiming to design innovative solar energy devices that can be used in future space missions and the renewable energy industry.
Guler’s vision is to lead the generation of greener energy, alleviate the effects of climate change
and support young leaders to be pioneering role models and achieving diversity in emerging

Carly Thompson-Barry
Founder of SA Woman

Carly Thompson-Barry is the Founder of SA Woman, the peak organisation for South Australian Women in Business. With a diverse business career spanning the last 12 years, she brings her background in finance, business and wellbeing to help lead and lift up a community of over 800 women in business from all across South Australia. Carly is passionate about bringing South Australian women in business to the forefront of recognition for their innovation and contribution to the South Australian economy.
A weaver of women, she is relentless in her pursuit to support, connect and empower women in business and believes strongly in the need to support the whole woman – body, soul and business. With the support of her team and a strong belief in community over competition, together they showcase the work women across South Australia do through the online community, social media channels, blog and Annual Awards and have helped hundreds of women in business to be connected and seen by many. Underpinning their mission is the belief that ‘we can’t be what we can’t see’ and this drives the mission to continue to spread the word on the talented women our state has within it – inspiring others to soar in business.

Nina Evans
Associate Professor – UniSA STEM

Associate Professor Nina Evans is an experienced academic who holds tertiary qualifications in Chemical Engineering, Education, BSc(Hons) in Computer Science, a Masters’ in Information Technology, an MBA and a PhD in Business-IT fusion. Nina currently holds a professorial lead role in UniSA:STEM at the University of South Australia. She teaches in the areas of ICT Leadership, Business Process Modelling, Cybersecurity Consulting, Information and Knowledge Management/Governance. Her research interests include Business-IT fusion, Digital Leadership, Organisational Behaviour and Academic Capitalism. She currently collaborates with industry partners on research projects in Digital Business Transformation and Data/Information Asset Management and she also supervises Doctoral and PhD student research in these areas. Nina has published extensively in numerous accredited academic journals, peer reviewed academic conference proceedings and regularly presents her research findings at various international academic and industry conferences and workshops. She also develops and presents training programs and workshops to enhance the personal, interpersonal and change readiness skills of young people and to develop leadership capacity on various levels of organisations.

Charmain Ooi
Co-Founder BYO Foods

Charmain is the Co-founder of BYO Foods and her entrepreneurial journey started from an internship experience, where she found the opportunity to innovate within the food and hospitality industry. BYO Foods helps cafes, restaurants, hotels and retailers to develop, manufacture and market their own branded food and beverage products. Her interests are in seeking industry-specific opportunities and gaps by innovating through food and beverage products, to value add and problem solve within the industry. Through her experience, she hopes to empower young individuals to create their own opportunities as business leaders.

Event Program


Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

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

10:00am - 10:15am

Panel Discussion

Hear from the panel of engaging and inspiring guest speakers as they discuss the theme: “Planning ahead = Planning to win“.

10:15am - 11:15am

Keynote Guest Speaker & Q+A

Hear from our special guest speaker Shruti Sardeshmukh – Executive Co-director at the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE) as she discusses “Closing the entrepreneurial gap: one step at a time.”

11:15am - 11:30am

Networking Lounge and Morning Tea

Tea, coffee, morning tea and networking.

11:30am - 12:15pm


Interactive Kickstarter Ideation Workshop

Got a business or entrepreneurial idea you’ve always wanted to bring to life? Join not-for-profit social enterprise Young Change Agents (YCA) and industry professionals, 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.

12:15pm - 2:00pm


MC, Noga Edelstein, will conclude the day and highlight further opportunities for involvement in the Accelerator for Enterprising Women.
2:00pm - 2:05pm

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.