Women Founders' Network

The University of Melbourne's Women Founders' Network supports entrepreneurial women involved in or interested in creating a startup company or social enterprise.


The Women Founders' Network is open to all staff, students and recent alumni who identify as women entrepreneurs, who are engaged in commercialisation of  a business or product. Women from our broader entrepreneurial community who have an association with the University are also welcome including those from medical research institutes and other University-affiliated organisations.

Through regular informal networking events, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with and hear from successful innovators and discover the programs, funding, expertise and incubation spaces available to the University’s entrepreneurial community.

Events coming up

  • 8 September Brunch – Save the date
  • 24 November Brunch– Save the date

Recent events

Previous speakers at the network's events include:

  • Dr Tina Soulis Founder and Director at Alithia Life Sciences
    Tina is one of the few Australian clinical development leaders who has successfully taken products from the lab to regulatory approval.
  • Dr Francesca Mercuri Director of Operations for ENA Respiratory
    Francesca is also the Jackson Laboratory Program Manager and is involved in facilitating the development of novel and innovative vaccine candidates.
  • Dr Donna Lyon Founder of Social venture Left/Write/Hook
    Donna is a Melbourne-based film producer, Deputy Associate Dean (Academic) and senior lecturer in the Master of Producing at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (FFAM).
  • Associate Professor Tracy Putoczki Co-founder of Nelcanen Therapeutics
    Tracy is a recipient of Brandon Capital’s round-one funding for the CUREator’s biotech incubator program. She is a Laboratory head at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and an expert in inflammation-associated cancers.

To find out more or to receive information on future events please be in touch.

First published on 4 July 2023.

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