"The two things I have learned launching a startup is how important networks are, and that successful people never quit."
Last month, our Co-Founder and CEO Danielle flew into Melbourne for the Female Entrepreneur Awards. Why? Because she was nominated in the Female Tech Entrepreneur of the Year category!
Established by The League of Extraordinary Women, The Female Entrepreneur Awards had five categories that covered emerging and established entrepreneurship in the private and not-for-profit sectors to celebrate and showcase the achievements of female entrepreneurs in Australia.
The finalists in each category were judged by some of the country's leading female entrepreneurs: jewellery designer Samantha Wills, Boost Juice Bars founder Janine Allis, Fernwood Club's Diana Williams, Jane Owen, CEO of the Foundations for Young Australians, Gen George from Oneshift and Julie Stevanja from activewear retailer Stylerunner.
It was truly a day of inspiration, motivation and determination, with #girlpower vibes pulsing throughout the venue. While Danielle didn't take out the title for the tech category during the long lunch awards ceremony (congratulations Kate McKibbin), she's still a star in our eyes (maybe we're a little bit biassed!).
The other Female Entrepreneur of the Year finalists and winners were:
Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Taryn Williams - Wink Models, Peta Shulman - GoodnessMe Box, Carolyn Wong - Short Story and winners Rachel Waia and Nikki Jurcutz - Hero HQ and Tiny Hearts First Aid.
Female Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Kate Fitzgerald - Sprout Ventures, Arani Satgunaseelan - Supporting and Empowering Women (SEW), Dr Linda Worrall-Carter -Her Heart and winner, Rosie Thomas - Project Rockit
Casey Kinnaird Community Award
Cathryn Cocker - Blade Runner Hair, Rosie McCaughey - Rise Yoga, Kate Austin - Pinchapoo and winner, Dr Linda Worrall-Carter -Her Heart
Female Tech Entrepreneur of the Year
Jodie Blight - Hello table, Sonja Bernhardt - Thoughtware, Danielle Lewis - scrunch, Tori Bowman - Snaptch and winner, Kate McKibbin - Secret Bloggers' Business.
Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Narelle Plapp - Food For, Kate Morris - Adore Beauty, Emma Seibold - Barre Body, Denise Meyerson - MCI and MCI Institute and winner, Tammy May - MyBudget.
*Photography kindly supplied by Neiyo Photography, Videographer & Editing by Reza Orbien.
Thanks to the League of Extraordinary Women and Circa the Price for including Danielle in the Female Entrepreneur Awards, and congratulations to all of the inspiring, hardworking finalists, and all those moving and shaking it in their industry.
If you want to chat with Danielle about press opportunities or to say hey, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org