Female Founder Funding Roundtable: Redressing the Balance


I was very pleased and honoured to be joined by an awesome group of panellists at Techboard's First Female Founder Funding Roundtable... Our very first mixed format event with live and virtual panellists and audience... pretty challenging but I think we pulled it off... learned some lessons for next time though.Ā 

Thanks so much toĀ Kate GriffithsĀ fromĀ EYĀ for hosting and facilitating,Ā Kate Harris-SladeĀ fromĀ Think & GrowĀ for her assistance and sponsorship We had a great panelĀ Elicia McDonaldĀ fromĀ AirTreeĀ joining us from Sydney andĀ Lauren CapelinĀ fromĀ StartmateĀ calling in from Noosa and the local Perth PanellistsĀ Ruth HatherleyĀ fromĀ Moneycatcha Pty Ltd,Ā Bernadette OlivierĀ fromĀ The Volte,Ā Tracie ClarkĀ from the just announcedĀ VentureX HQ,Ā Glenn ButcherĀ fromĀ CP VenturesĀ andĀ Dr Vanessa RaulandĀ fromĀ ClimateClever

And thanks also to the Audience both in the room and virtually from across Australia.

We presented our data, got some great insights and suggestions of what can be done to improve the funding successes of female founded businesses... The video and writeup will be coming soon.


Peter van Bruchem

CEO and Co-Founder


Techboard recently released our Female Founder Funding Report in which we analysed funding received by Australian Startups over the last four financial years based on the gender of the founding team. In association with Think & GrowĀ andĀ Ernst & Young we are pleased to be holding a Techboard Roundtable to dig a little deeper into some of the findings in the report. Our previous Roundtables can be viewed here.
To open the event Techboard CEO Peter van Bruchem will present the results of Female Founder Funding Report. This will then be followed by our panellists discussing the findings of the report facilitated by Kate Griffiths of EY.
There will be an opportunity for audience members to pose questions before and during the event.
Issues that will be discussed at the Roundtable will include:
- why female founded companies raise less capital
- why female founders raise smaller rounds
- do female founded startups ask for less funding than male counterparts? Or are FF startups offered less funding?
and many more.Ā 
With the input from our expert panelists and the wisdom in the audience we hope to uncover some of the reasons behind the findings and suggest steps that can be taken to improve the balance and also someĀ useful advice for female founders hoping to improve their fundraising success or scale.
Confirmed panellists:
Ruth Hatherley from Moneycatcha
Bernadette Olivier from The Volte
Vanessa Rauland from Climate Clever
Tracie Clark from Perth Angels
Glenn Butcher from CP Ventures
Elicia McDonald from Airtree Ventures.
Lauren Capelin from StartMate

We are in discussions with a number of other panellists, both investors and founders who we hope to be able to announce shortly.

Where: EY Mounts Bay Road Perth + ONLINE
When: Thursday 25th November 5pm-8pm

Seats will be limited and available via Expression of Interest.
We hope to stream and record the session. More information to follow.