10 female-led businesses in Australia

The future is female; especially with the rise of women’s participation in entrepreneurship. Check out 10 famous female-led businesses in Australia.

  • November 6, 2021
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  • November 6, 2021
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female-led businesses in Australian economy

According to The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson, about 38% of small businesses in Australia are owned by women and the number is likely to increase. He added that in the decade to 2019, two-thirds of the 171,000 newly established businesses in Australia were led by women. That is an impressive amount and if the extensive directory of women in business on Female Owned is anything to go by – women-owned and female-driven enterprises are continuing to grow at a fast rate down under. To highlight Australian women in business and give an insight into the brands they run, we’ve narrowed down a list of ten Australian companies led by fierce females to help inspire and motivate. 

  1. Canva 

Thanks to her ingenuity and insight, Melanie Perkins (CEO and Co-Founder of Canva) created a free-to-use, online design platform aimed at making design accessible to all. The idea stemmed from her days at university where, while tutoring, she noticed how difficult it was for students to use platforms offered by Adobe and Microsoft.

  1. Boost Juice

With the simple intention to make healthy living tasty and fun, Janine Allis opened her first juice bar back in 2000. Two decades later, there are now 580 Boost Juice stores available in 13 different countries (and counting)!

  1. a·kin

CEO and Co-Founder of a·kin, Liesl Yearsley is one of the pioneers of AI in Australia with five patents in the field. Her company builds emotionally intelligent AI helpers for the home and intelligent robots for Space habitats among others.

  1. Milkdrop

Founder, Alexandra Sinickas struggled with breast pumping when she had her daughter. Using her background in engineering, she worked with a team of doctors, engineers, and designers to come up with a jelly-like silicone mould that provides cushioning and improved comfort for your nipples while you pump.

  1. Laila And Me

The brand was born after Melissa Devereaux discovered that her dog Laila experienced severe allergies and skin reactions from commercial treats available in the pet market. Shocked and horrified by how highly processed and preservative-filled these treats were (and how misleading most packaging was), she went on a mission to create a healthy alternative and to educate other pet owners about the kind of treats that’ll be great for their pups.

  1. Bing Lee

This renowned electronics retailer was founded by Yenda Lee’s late husband, Ken, and his father, Bing Lee. Today, Yenda continues to run the successful family business with her son Lionel.

  1. The Beauty Chef

In 2009, Carla Oates created The Beauty Chef after successfully healing her family’s skin ailments with the help of a gut-healing protocol that was rich in probiotic, lacto-fermented wholefoods.

  1. kikki.K

kikki.K came to be when its founder Kristina Karlsson noticed a gap in the market for practical yet stylish stationery and home office products.

  1. Glasshouse Fragrances

When Nicole Eckels moved to Australia from New York City in 2005, she saw an opening in the market for quality-scented candles and proceeded to create the olfactory-pleasing brand you know today as Glasshouse Fragrances.

  1. Esther Weinberg Jewellery

Artisan Jeweller, Esther Weinberg works out of a plant-filled studio and offers handmade, ready-to-wear, and one-of-a-kind pieces for those seeking unique types of bling.

are you an aspiring entrepreneur who is seeking funding?

Check out the Boosting Female Founders Initiative – a grant available from the Australian Government which helps to provide support on a co-contribution basis to females. Though applications are currently closed, it’s worth checking the space to see if another round opens up shortly. Otherwise, try the Business Basics Grant (if you’re based in Queensland) or search the Grants & Programs finder for suitable funding in your state.

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