Australian Women Entrepreneurs Taking Part of Silicon Valley Startup Scene in May

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A select group of women entrepreneurs from Australia will be visiting San Francisco in May – they would like your advice on where to go, who to see and what to learn.

By Katie Mihell (Head of Women in Focus, Community and Entrepreneur Business Finance, Commonwealth Bank)

The Women in Focus network has selected nine Australian female entrepreneurs with high growth, high potential, innovative business with global or disruptive business models and growth plans for a study tour of Silicon Valley from May 13-17, 2013. The group will be meeting with as many startups, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and venture capitalists as they can, to learn about new business models, innovative work practices, and emerging technologies.

We asked our ladies to nominate the companies and people they most wanted to meet as part of the trip. LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Cisco featured high as well as meeting successful Australian entrepreneurs such as Anthony Marcar from Grabble, and Geoff McQueen from AffinityLive. We hope to also see some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs pitching. We’ve also heard on the grapevine that the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners are awesome and hope to get in :) when DropBox sponsors.

The women entrepreneurs visiting from Australia are:

  • Yvette Adams – The Creative Collective – a digital media and training agency servicing clients around the country.
  • Natalie Chapman – gemaker – taking new Australian products, services and technologies to market for SMEs and research organisations.
  • Louise Curtis – Lollypotz – an award-winning supplier of chocolate bouquets, hampers, baskets and gifts. Consumers can order online, over the phone or by visiting a Lollypotz store.
  • Fiona Anson – HireMeUp – Australia’s best part-time job site. It helps people find part-time jobs, casual work, project jobs and temp jobs.
  • Pascale Helyar-Moray – Style Rocks – allows consumers to create jewellery exactly as they want it. With a date reminder system, the business promotes itself as the perfect gift solution.
  • Denise Meyerson – Management Consultancy International – a Registered Training Organisation which consults to top organisations on their learning and development needs.
  • Bronwen O’Brien – DigitalSorbet – A delicious business toolbox for the virtual working woman.
  • Suzanne Schultz – Schultz Pharmacy Group – Schultz Pharmacy Group supports a group of community pharmacies through business planning, targets, financial review, training, HR and quality systems, shopfits, loan reviews, lease renewal and team development.
  • Karan White – Pod Legal – a law firm specialising in social media, technology and IP law.

On return to Australia, the ladies will be sharing their learnings with the Australian startup community.

We’d like your advice on where to go, who to see and what to learn.

Women 2.0 readers: Where do you advise a visiting group of entrepreneurs to see in the Silicon Valley? Let us know in the comments.

About the guest blogger: Katie Mihell is Head of Women in Focus, Community and Entrepreneur Business Finance at the Commonwealth Bank in Australia. She is dedicated to inspiring, informing and connecting female entrepreneurs across Australia, to facilitate their growth and ensure they have access to the networks, resources and funding solutions they need to create and pursue opportunity. The Women in Focus community is formed around an online social community. Follow her on Twitter at @katiemihell.