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You’re invited to Building Brave Businesses: Lessons From Female Founders, a FREE interactive online event powered by Kochie’s Business Builders and Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN).

Hosted by one of Australia’s most successful serial entrepreneurs, Inspiring Rare Birds founder and Dell Technologies Ambassador Jo Burston, this incredible event will give you the opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s most respected women entrepreneurs, investors and business mentors, as well as network with other like-minded entrepreneurs in digital breakout rooms.

With a keynote address from Ronni Kahn (OzHarvest), and a panel including Sarah Liu (The Dream Collective), Irene Falcone (Sans Dranks), Edwina Sharrock (Birth Beat) and Lauren Capelin (Startmate), Building Brave Businesses: Lessons From Female Founders will explore the unique barriers female entrepreneurs face, the role of networking and mentoring, and the actionable tips you can use to raise capital and become the bravest business around. 

REGISTER NOW  for your chance to win a $3000 Dell system AND a 12-month Inspiring Rare Birds mentoring scholarship to help you thrive in business valued at $1899 (T&Cs apply)

Date: Wednesday 27 October 2021
Time: 1PM – 3.30PM



KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest – Blazing your own trail and changing the narrative around female entrepreneurship

DIGITAL BREAKOUT ROOM: Your opportunity to meet other female founders and talk about your trailblazing moments

PANEL: How to jump over every hurdle of the hustle, from ‘The Big Idea’ to big funding

Panellists: Sarah Liu, Irene Falcone, Edwina Sharrock and Lauren Capelin

To build a brave business, it’s time to hear from the bravest. This panel will take you through the most crucial moments of business building, including:

The lightbulb moment

Knowing your market

Raising capital

Turning imposter syndrome into I’m Awesome Syndrome

DIGITAL BREAKOUT ROOM: Let’s meet again and unpack the panel and how it relates to your business.

IN CONVERSATION: Why Mentoring Matters – Inspiring Rare Birds business mentor Jo Burston sits down with startup founder Megna Murali, who recently launched a data app for ecommerce businesses, Convert Dial, for an inspiring dialogue about women and mentorship.

About DWEN:

For more than a decade, the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) has brought women entrepreneurs together from around the world to help them connect with each other, scale their businesses, and ultimately succeed. The DWEN community welcomes all levels of entrepreneurs, from startups to scaleups. Join DWEN for free to access a global network of women entrepreneurs, valuable resources to grow your business (including the latest technology), access to funding resources, and best practices from a global network of members.


Jo Burston is one of Australia’s most successful serial female entrepreneurs and a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and its impact on talent retention and business success. Jo founded Inspiring Rare Birds with a mission to empower more women entrepreneurs, after she found that school students in 2013 either hadn’t heard of an entrepreneur or thought it meant ‘a man’. In 2017, after achieving great inroads for women entrepreneurs, Jo extended the Rare Birds mentoring program to corporate organisations to drive greater impact from their diversity and inclusion strategies. Jo is energetic in her support of Rare Birds community members and in the pursuit of achieving equality and inclusion in markets in Australia and globally.

Ronni Kahn AO is a social entrepreneur and founder of food rescue charity OzHarvest. Ronni is a passionate advocate and activist renowned for disrupting the food waste landscape in Australia. She appears regularly in national media, serves in an advisory capacity to government and is a sought after keynote speaker. Her mission to fight food waste and feed hungry people is supported by some of the world’s finest chefs. Ronni is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and was named Australian Local Hero of the Year. Her journey is the subject of a feature film, Food Fighter and her memoir; A Repurposed Life has recently been published.

Sarah Liu is the founder and Managing Director of The Dream Collective, is an international thought leader, speaker, trainer and facilitator on next-generation leadership, diversity and inclusion and the future of work. Sarah has represented Australia in the G20 YEA since 2017, served as an APAC advisor and sits on the judging panel for Forbes Awards. She is a regional partner for Google, lead trainer for National Women in Construction, Engineering, Media and Technology across AUNZ and a member of the UTS Industry Advisory Board. Whilst she manages a diverse portfolio of career and businesses, there is only one common thread across them all and that is to see more women in leadership and to transform the way we work. 

Irene Falcone is on a mission to change the way Australian’s drink. Founder of Sans Drinks, Australia’s first physical alc-free bottle shop, and online superstore. Irene is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur described by Channel 7 as “the biggest disrupter of the liquor industry since prohibition.” In 2012 Irene founded Nourished Life, one of the fastest growing companies in Australia and the #1 online e-commerce store for Natural Beauty & Healthy Living. Nourished Life is now part of the ASX listed BWX Ltd Group.

Edwina Sharrock is a nurse/midwife and a passionate health advocate who has embraced technology and innovation to build Birth Beat, an online childbirth education platform that delivers quality, evidence-based childbirth education online by registered midwives to parents to help them prepare for birth. For her work with Birth Beat, Edwina has been recognised as an AFR 100 Women of Influence, is a winner in the Telstra NSW Small Business Awards, and is a 2021 Fellow in Cartier Women’s Initiative.

Lauren Capelin ​ is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist with sector expertise in fintech, the sharing economy and social innovation. She is currently Principal at Startmate, Australia and New Zealand’s best startup accelerator. Prior to this role, she was Partner of Platform at Reinventure Fund, an Australian venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive financial services startups.

Megna Murali is a data scientist with a passion for using data in innovative ways to solve problems. She is the founder of Convert Dial, an app that makes it easy for ecommerce businesses to convert more customers by using artificial intelligence to predict customer behaviour. Megna recently completed the Western Sydney University LaunchPad accelerator and has been chosen for the Atto Accelerator program for women tech entrepreneurs. Megna is a current mentee of Inspiring Rare Birds. For her start up Convert Dial, Megna has also received the NSW Government MVP Grant.

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