Startmate’s Focus On More Women-founded Startups Is Working

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Over 56 per cent of applications for Startmate’s Melbourne 2020 and New Zealand’s 2020 cohorts come from companies co-founded by women, showing the sustained efforts Startmate has been using to foster gender equality are working.

According to Startmate, the startup accelerator confirmed this week that five out of 11 companies in the upcoming MEL20 cohort, and four out of five in the upcoming NZ20 cohort, are co-founded by women.  

These figures are a significant increase in the number of female-founded companies applying to Startmate’s coveted accelerator program, with the most recent SYD20 cohort receiving 29 percent of applications from startups co-founded by women.

According to Startmate’s community lead, Sophia Witherington, these increases in applications from women-founded startups have come in following Startmate’s implementation of a stronger focus on including more women-founded startups.

As she says: “The surge in interest from female founders and women seeking to advance their careers in tech-enabled startups is heartening and highlights how focused support and prioritisation can accelerate diversity and inclusion.”

Startmate’s Yan Zhai (bottome left), Sophia Witherington (top right), Michael Batko (bottom right) and CEO, Sascha Kerbert (top left).

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