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Female Founders Festival

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An industrial space with a coffee caravan out the front and women walking around.
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Following recent research on start-up funding that discovered only eight per cent of funders back businesses with all-women founding teams, the Female Founders Festival is here to shake things up and help women-owned businesses fight back. 

Now in its second year, the event was created by Australia’s very own and much loved 100 per cent female-owned spirits company, Baby Pink Gin, and aims to showcase some of the best products from a range of local, female-founded businesses. Happening at the Commons in Collingwood on May 6, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your Mother's Day shopping done and support some amazing women making moves in the world of business. 

“I wanted to create an event that not only celebrated female-founded businesses, but made it easy for shoppers to support local when doing their Christmas shopping, and discover new brands and products outside of Instagram,” says Ellen Weigall, the founder of Baby Pink Gin and the festival. 

The line-up of exhibitors is set to include Two Birds Brewing, Makoha Designs, Vintage Collect, Kleins Perfumery, Holly Lulu Intimates, Darsy Skin, Kubo and Tillie J Wines. There will also be pop-up activations from businesses like Hello Blooms, a fully functional bar serving only female-owned drinks and a fully female-run coffee and pastry van. Word on the street is that four-legged friends are more than welcome, so make sure to bring them along too.

The Female Founders Festival is taking place at the Commons at 36-38 Gipps Street, Collingwood. Registration is just $5, which helps support female founders moving forward and keeps stall costs low for small businesses. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Looking for more things to do? Check out our round-up of the best events happening in Melbourne this week.

Written by
Sanam Goodman


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