Supporting women in tech

20 June 2016

Increasing women in the tech startup community was the focus of SheCodes, a coding training session designed specifically for women held earlier this month.

Co-funded through the NSW Government’s Knowledge Hubs initiative, the event aimed to encourage more women to become startup technology founders by improving coding literacy. According to the 2015 Startup Muster report, women make up just a quarter of the leaders of startup companies across the country.

The NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts gave the welcoming address at SheCodes aimed at supporting women in entrepreneurship and the tech community. The event was held at BlueChilli, one of the leading startup accelerators in Australia.

To find out more about the SheCodes event watch the SheCodes video:

Digital Creative Knowledge Hub initiative

SheCodes was organised by Piivot, the coordinating organisation of the Digital Creative Knowledge Hub that operates under the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The Digital Creative Knowledge Hub is one of five industry-led Knowledge Hubs whose projects are supported by the NSW Government. The goal of the state’s five Knowledge Hubs is to give NSW a significant advantage in the market place by ensuring that key sectors retain and grow global market share.

Paving the way for women entrepreneurs

Along with events such as SheCodes, a number of initiatives are underway under the umbrella of Women in Entrepreneurship. The NSW Government has been holding a number of roundtable discussions with inspirational female entrepreneurs and representatives from across industry. The group solidified five areas of focus in strengthening the pathway along the journey to female entrepreneurship:

  • Accessing information, resources services and support to grow female startups from inception through to globalisation
  • Supporting and growing regional entrepreneurship
  • Increasing the visibility of women entrepreneurs
  • Investing in the future of entrepreneurship through children’s education

To address these needs the Department of Industry has developed a web page dedicated to women in business, with a range of useful links and resources supporting female entrepreneurs.