Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
26 May, 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 QUT Entrepreneurship and held at Queensland University of Technology, 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!


Sarah Eisenmenger
QUT Entrepreneurship Scholar & Founder Zest Robotics

Sarah Eisenmenger, a recipient of QUT’s Budding Entrepreneur scholarship, is a passionate, young, STEM educator.
In 2019, Sarah co-founded ZEST Robotics, a female-led initiative to create interest in STEM in primary-school-aged girls. “I wanted to create a safe space outside of schools where students could explore STEM without gender bias,” states Sarah. To date, Zest Robotics has delivered over 20 STEM workshops to over 400 students across South East Queensland. For her continued dedication to this venture and her studies, Sarah was awarded an Outstanding STEM Student Award at the 2020 Peter Doherty Awards and is a Queensland STEM Student Ambassador.
Since then, Sarah has begun her first semester of her dual degree, Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and plans to grow her venture throughout her time at university.

Professor Rowena Barrett
Executive Director, QUT Entrepreneurship

Prof Rowena Barrett thinks innovatively and is entrepreneurial to get things done. She leads QUT Entrepreneurship, which provides and connects learning opportunities for the QUT community to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, capability and competence.

Dr. Sue Keay
CEO Queensland AI Hub

Dr. Sue Keay is the CEO of Queensland AI Hub following her role as Research Director for Cyber-Physical Systems at CSIRO’s Data61. She is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia and led the development of Australia’s first Robotics roadmap, outlining how robotics and automation will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.
Sue was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and has an MBA from The University of Queensland Business School. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, chairs the Board of Robotics Australia Group and is an Adjunct Professor at QUT.

Lauren Capelin
Principal at Startmate

Lauren Capelin is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist with sector expertise in fintech, the sharing economy and social innovation. She is currently Principal at Startmate, Australia and New Zealand’s best startup accelerator.
Prior to this role, she was Partner of Platform at Reinventure Fund, an Australian venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive financial services startups. She also co-founded Collaborative Lab with author Rachel Botsman, working alongside leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and community champions to play an instrumental role in growing collaborative consumption into a global economy and movement between 2010-2015.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries and Grad Dip Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies from QUT.

Jenny Johnson
CTO Red Eye Apps

As CTO at RedEye, Jenny is responsible for leading the teams that create the RedEye cloud-based software applications. She enjoys working with high growth, agile tech scale-ups, by combining her grass roots foundation in software development and experience working with global enterprises to help drive success. RedEye’s goal is use innovative solutions to solve complex issues that will help to make the world’s critical infrastructure safer, easier and more efficient to operate and maintain.

Rachel Burke
@imakeinstagram Small Business Owner & Entrepreneur

Rachel Burke is a practicing multidisciplinary artist, designer, and author based in Brisbane, Australia. Known for her vibrant, tactile designs and iconic tinsel creations, her work is inspired by a love for naive craft materials and transforming the mundane into the magical. Rachel has exhibited her work in gallery spaces across Australia, including Saint Cloche Gallery, Hamer Hall, The Australian Centre of the Moving image, Enough Space, GAFFA, and the Redlands Art Gallery.
Rachel loves working with clients and collaborating with artists to create magic! Her work has been acquired by notable performers and artists including Alia Shawkat (for her film ANIMALS), Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Mindy Kaling, Blue Ivy, Dannii Minogue, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars: Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls & Detox.
She has also worked on many creative collaborations with numerous brands including Disney, LEGO, Barbie, Visa, West Elm, Sephora, Mecca, My Little Pony, and many more.

Kathleen Boseley
Manager Engineering Capability and Innovation at Airbus, Australia Pacific

Kathleen Boseley has over two decades of experience at five large international aerospace companies in three countries with predominantly engineering lead, quality, technical engineering management, and project management roles spanning all phases of aircraft and avionics lifecycles. With this background, she brings a unique perspective to the event today. She has presented papers at various Navigation conferences in the USA and was named one of the 50 leaders to watch by the magazine GPS World in 2008. Recipient of the Outstanding Performance in Engineering and Technology award – Aviation/Aerospace Australia -2014, she has served as Deputy Chief Engineer on the MRH 90 helicopter and as the Head of Independent System Monitoring for Airbus on the Rotary Wing platforms. Currently she is the Manager of Engineering Services across all platforms for Airbus in Australia Pacific. A Fellow of Engineers Australia she sits on the Women in Aviation Aerospace Australia committee, QUT and Monash Academic Advisory Boards. She is passionate about Inclusion and Diversity and tries to balance work with sailing, catching up with friends and being a Mum to her two boys.

Kate Bushell

CEO & Founder Girls of Impact

Kate has spent the first decade of her career in the corporate jungle. She worked in global organisations across the UK and Australia in executive leadership positions spanning recruitment, tech, diversity, financial services, and HR. Kate has an undeniable passion when it comes to empowering girls and women. The fire was lit in her belly when her daughter was born, only growing stronger when she was opened to more inequalities women faced through her time in the financial services industry. This led her to start her first female events series to inspire and empower women in investing in their financial literacy.
Since then, her impact in the women’s space has continued to grow, holding several patron positions on women’s committees. She founded Girls of Impact in 2020, so she could not only imagine a better future for our young women but drive change forward.
Awards: Telstra Business Women Finalist 2020 – For Purpose & Social Enterprise; QLD Government Award Winner – QLD Voices – Founding “She’s on Q” program.

Event Program

Amreeta Abbott

The founder of many businesses, mostly known for the Fintech business NowInfinity which disrupted and innovated the legal, accounting and financial services space through technology.
NowInfinity was acquired by the ASX listed company Class Limited for $25m in 2020.
Less than 1% of start-up businesses achieve the entrepreneurs dream of a multi-million dollar sale, especially to an an ASX listed company. The number of female led technology start-ups to have achieved this feat can be counted on one hand.
Being the visionary of NowInfinity from inception right through to sale, demonstrates my skill as a leading CEO and I hope that inspires all women in business.

Coming Soon…


Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

Corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, investor, Venture Partner, startup coach and advisor, Noga Edelstein, will welcome attendees to the third 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: How to use innovation to get people talking about your business

  • Rachel Burke – @imakeinstagram Small Business Owner & Entrepreneur
  • Sarah Eisenmenger – QUT Entrepreneurship Scholar and Founder of Zest Robotics
  • Lauren Capelin – Principal at Startmate
  • Dr. Sue Keay – CEO Queensland AI Hub
  • Jenny Johnson – CTO Red Eye Apps
10:15am - 11:15am

Keynote Guest Speaker & Q+A

Hear from our special guest speaker Kathleen Boseley, Manager Engineering Capability and Innovation at Airbus, Australia Pacific.
11:15am - 11:40am

Networking Lounge and Morning Tea

Tea, coffee, morning tea and networking

11:40am - 12:30pm


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 Kate Bushell – Girls of Impact and Amreeta Abbott – CPA, 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.

12:30pm - 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.