The tech industry and startup sector has a well-documented gender imbalance. Large players such as Google and Apple have openly declared their intention to reverse the trend.
Since its inception in 2011, part of iAccelerate’s core mission has been to create opportunities for the untapped potential for women to participate equally in all aspects of entrepreneurial endeavours.
iAccelerate is actively engaged in delivering deliberate gender balance within the innovation ecosystem. We do this by focusing on our execution, strategy development and key projects.
Projects / Events / Access
- iAccelerate Women’s Breakfast Series
- iAccelerate Scholarship Program
- iAccelerate Kids Entrepreneur Club
Aim for gender balance in our Role Models:
- Key Note Speakers
- Mentors + Advisors
- Panel participants
Actively engaged and supporters of:
- Heads Over Heels
- Springboard Enterprises
In the news:
- "How Wollongong's iAccelerate stopped 'paying lip service' to women entrepreneurs and closed in on 50/50", BRW, June 2015
- Accelerating Illawarra talent to the next level", Illawarra Mercury, July 2015
"Being part of iAccelerate has exposed me to some great opportunities, strong support, guidance and a community where everyone is engaged with making a difference. Growing up, I never dreamed I would be involved in business and define myself as an entrepreneur - I thought “that stuff” was for other people. I am grateful to have let that self-limiting thinking go, because it has meant I can be proud of "putting something out there and not worrying about what people might say. I want to inspire other women, the community, my kids and family, that business is simply effective communication. It’s about having an idea, putting your heart and soul out there (which takes courage and vulnerability). It’s about letting go of perfection, but always striving to do better."
founder of resident iAccelerate company Stretch and Glow Yoga.
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.