The Expert FindHer Resources Directory provides information and tools for women business owners and entrepreneurs – including beauty workers and salon owners – consisting of including mentoring programmes, networking opportunities, sourcing or funding or finance, business training and professional development.

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) partnered with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop this online directory. DISER undertook a nationwide consultation in 2019 which highlighted some key challenges experienced by women engaging in innovative entrepreneurship and growing start-ups. The top challenges shared included:

  • access to funding and capital
  • access to information, networks, mentors and support
  • lack of confidence

Together with the Boosting Female Founders Initiative, the Expert FindHer Resources Directory was developed to address these challenges and support women in their entrepreneurial journey.

Expert FindHer was launched after the success of the Boosting Female Founders initiative, which provided selected female founders of startup businesses with funding to launch and scale their businesses into domestic and global markets. The grants range from $25,000 to $480,000. The initiative will run until 2023.

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