We support and deliver upon the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Agenda (NISA) and its commitment to build a knowledge based economy and increase awareness and participation of women in education and careers relating to STEM.
Project XX features our successful female STEM entrepreneurs as role models and and tap into their knowledge, experience and notable achievements to help spread awareness and participation to the next generation of women in STEM.
There are no lack of female role models in deep tech startups however, they are rarely featured which is something we need to address in order to secure future participation of women in this important field.
Project XX’s educational event and workshop is followed by networking, targeting women studying STEM at the University and allowing them to explore career paths within STEM outside of academia.
Objectives & benefits
Encourage female undergrad, post grad and PhD students to pursue a career in STEM
Inspire women to found their own tech startups or to work in a tech startup or scale-up by tapping into Cicada Innovations’ community of female deep tech entrepreneurs
Increase awareness of the range of opportunities for women arising from STEM education
Provide female university students with options to consider an alternate career pathway with advanced technology startups
Provide women with a network of other like-minded women in STEM
Project XX is a half-day informative and interactive course taking place on developed and facilitated by Cicada Innovations’ female business advisors.
Women entrepreneurs from our deep technology startups will also assist in the delivery of this workshop, sharing their expertise, experiences and inspirational stories. Women led session for women!
Following the workshop, we will invite attendees to stay for drinks, nibbles and networking with the other aspiring women entrepreneurs, women studying STEM subjects, other deep technology enthusiasts and the workshop facilitators
The next Project XX event will be held in early 2019 and applications are open now!
PROJECT XX 2018 SUMMARY
Comments from Participants
Dr. Dharmica Mistry, Founder & Chief Scientist, BCAL Diagnostics
Dharmica holds a BSc (Hons) from Sydney University, majoring in Microbiology, and has completed a PhD at Macquarie University that was based on examining the association of lipids in hair and serum with the presence of breast cancer. Dharmica is an inventor on one of BCAL Diagnostics founding patents.
Noga Edelstein, Co-Founder & Director, urbanyou
Noga has over 15+ years experience working in senior management roles at global technology and media companies such as Yahoo!, Foxtel and IBM, as well as at top-tier law-firms in Sydney and London.
Dr. Alison Todd, Co-Founder & CEO, SpeeDx
Alison’s specific areas of scientific expertise include nucleic acid chemistry, particularly target amplification and catalytic DNA technologies, and the biology of cancer and viral diseases. Alison studied at the University of Sydney, graduating as Dux of the Physiology Department. Later she completed a PhD within the Faculty of Medicine at the same university.
Michelle Chee, MedLab Program Manager, Cicada Innovations
Before joining Cicada, Michelle drove multiple innovation strategies throughout Asia-Pacific for Cook Medical, the world’s largest privately held medical device company. Michelle holds both a BSC (Chemistry) and MCom (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland. She is also an advisory board member with the University of Sydney’s INCUBATE Startup Program.
Tiffany Chen, Senior Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Scientist, Bioline
Tiffany graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science (First Class Honours) from UNSW in 2012. Tiffany has helped modify and improve the business processes to keep up with the changing demands, and as a result, she was given the responsibility of overseeing the quality assurance and regulatory aspects of the company.
Jasmine Pouladi, Product Manager, LX Group
Jasmine holds a MEng (Master of Engineering) from University of New South Wales, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Petra Andren, CEO, Cicada Innovations
Petra is a multilingual corporate strategist with a proven track record of building and growing tech businesses in Australia, Europe and the US. She has worked extensively with startup founders and investors turning incredible ideas into successful businesses and beyond. Specialising in research commercialisation, entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate strategy, advisory and coaching, Petra also lectures on entrepreneurship at several universities.
Annie Truong, IXP Intern
Annie is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Neuroscience. Annie’s research focuses on generating a novel type of stem cells and testing its clinical potentials for cell replacement therapy in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Tina Lonergan, Principal Scientist, SpeeDx
Tina holds a BSc(MedSc) (Hons) from University of Sydney and has completed a PhD at the same university.