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UNE SMART Region Incubator – SheStarts – Turning Your Idea into a Reality

May 28 @ 12:00 am

Got a bright idea for a tech business and wondering “does this make me a startup founder? What does that even mean?” Join us for this panel, brought to you in Armidale or Tamworth via Zoom video conference.  

Australia’s startup ecosystem is growing rapidly, delivering new and exciting opportunities for female founders to access support, training and investment to launch their business. But what does it really take to get your idea off the ground and turn it into a thriving startup? What does it mean to be a “woman in tech” and how do you launch a tech business as a non-technical founder?

Come along for a special lunchtime panel, delivered via Zoom with the SheStarts team about women in tech and entrepreneurship. Join SheStarts Director Nicola Hazell as she speaks with startup founders who have gone through the process of launching, building and growing a startup, including Dr Claire Jenkins (CEO and co-founder Vetchat), Andrez Coco (CEO and Founder Knowlly) and Colette Grgic (CIO BlueChilli), and find out how being part of accelerator program can help you overcome the barriers that female founders face.

Whether you have an idea for a startup and are looking to get started, or you’re simply interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology; this is your chance to get the lowdown on the rollercoaster journey that is launching a startup.

Time/Date: Time TBC, Monday 28th May

Watch and participate via video conference from our SRI locations in Armidale or Tamworth!

UNE SMART Region Incubator (Armidale)   
UNE Business School
Trevenna Rd, University of New England

UNE SMART Region Incubator (Tamworth)
UNE Tamworth
“Peel House” 24 Fitzroy St

RSVP: BYO lunch, we’ll provide the tea & coffee! Register to shogan23@une.edu.au by COB Friday 25th May, indicating which location you’ll be attending


The panel will be moderated by SheStarts Director Nicola Hazell, with panelists including:

Colette Grgic, CIO BlueChilli
One of the most well known faces in the Australian startup ecosystem, Colette leads the global innovation strategy and programs at Australia’s largest startup accelerator BlueChilli; bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and large companies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges with technology. A former founder herself, Colette is a passionate advocate for women in startups, as a board member for Heads Over Heels and a regular judge and mentor on programs across the country.

Andrez Coco, CEO and Founder Knowlly
Andrèz Coco is the CEO and Founder of Knowlly, a business making the process of installing and maintaining solar systems easier and more accessible for every home in Australia. After having lived in Europe, Africa, South-America, Andrez has been calling Sydney home for the past four years. She is passionate about translating pain points into new concepts and great experiences, and before starting her own startup worked as a service design and marketing professional in service-related companies including Vodafone, Qantas Loyalty and the United Nations.

Claire Jenkins, CEO and co-founder Vetchat
Dr Claire Jenkins is a life-long animal lover, a passionate problem solver and Co-founder and CEO of vetchat.
She spent the past 15 years caring for animals as a neighbourhood vet in Melbourne, Sydney and the United Kingdom, and founded Vetchat in 2016 to provide fast, affordable, expert advice and real time veterinary consultations online, so you can speak directly to a qualified vet without even leaving your home.

This event is brought to you by SheStarts, UNSW New Wave & UNE SMART Region Incubator



May 28
12:00 am
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Sue-Ellen Hogan


UNE SMART Region Incubator Armidale
Trevenna Road
Armidale, NSW 2350 Australia
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