Empowering women and girls in NSW to be entrepreneurs is the focus of a new speaker series launched in Wollongong today by the NSW Government and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.
Minister for Women Tanya Davies attended the event Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs, which will be the first of a series of talks providing insight into the world of business and helping women develop entrepreneurial skills.
"Women make up a minority of entrepreneurs, with only 28 per cent of NSW small business owners being female," Mrs Davies said.
"We want to turn this around by attracting more women into entrepreneurial opportunities. The aim of this event is to encourage women to join the exciting world of business by sharing insights and lessons learned."
The event, held at the iAccelerate Centre at the University of Wollongong, featured NSW's 2017 Business Woman of the Year Gina Field, one of the first women to solely own and operate a security company in NSW.
"I am so proud to be standing here today after being one of the few women to enter into the security industry more than 30 years ago," Ms Field said.
"Challenging traditionally male-dominated fields and encouraging female entrepreneurship is so important for our society. Today is all about encouraging women to achieve their dreams in the business world by sharing our experiences and insight."
Mrs Davies said the event delivers on an action item outlined in the NSW Government's Year One Action Plan for the State's new NSW Women's Strategy 2018-2022, released in August this year to progress gender equity across the State.
The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship was established under a $25 million investment package in the 2016-17 State Budget.
To watch the speaker event go to www.sse.edu.au. For more information about the NSW Women's Strategy 2018-2022, please visit: www.women.nsw.gov.au.