Australian Institute o f Energy

Leadership in Energy

AIE YEP Melbourne | Women in Focus: Female Founders

Venue: EnergyLab

Date: Thu 04 Jul 2019 @ 5:30pm to 8:00pm

What does it take to build a successful start-up in the energy space?

YEP Melbourne Network and EnergyLab are excited to invite you to the Women in Energy – Female Founders Night to share the stories of four founders in the energy sector. Female entrepreneurs comprise around a third of all entrepreneurs worldwide, but this share is significantly lower in the energy sector.  

Each coming from different backgrounds, the four female founders joining our panel discussion have built – or are in the processing of building – start-ups in the energy space. The speakers will share their stories, insights and lessons on their journey so far, providing valuable insights for all women in energy. The panel discussion will be followed by networking, with drinks and nibbles to be provided.

If you think you’d like to join the ranks of female founders, come and be inspired!


Katherine McConnell is the CEO and Founder of Brighte, a leading Australian fintech that provides a marketplace and on-the-spot finance for home energy improvements. Before starting Brighte, Katherine worked for 16 years in Investment Banking and Financial Services. Fourteen of those were at Macquarie Bank where she was a founding member of their Australian Energy Leasing business.

Stephanie Bashir is the principle of Nexa Advisory. Stephanie has more than 16 years experience spanning the energy value chain in technical, commercial, strategic, policy and advisory roles; with expertise in energy market policy and regulation, new energy technologies, electrification of transport, service innovation, and networks & grid modernisation.

Marteen Burger is the COO and Co-Founder at Jaunt Motors. Jaunt’s mission is to minimise car ownership and help drive Australia toward zero-emission transport. Jaunt up-cycles iconic four-wheel-drives and turns them into electric vehicles for adventure

Kimberley Winter is the CEO and Founder of Evolte, on a mission to accelerate sustainable transport adoption. She is building a transport aggregation platform for personalised journey planning that gets users to their destination in a way that’s most important to them.

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Event Details

 Thursday 4th July 2019

Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: EnergyLab, Level 5, 204 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

Cost: AIE Members $10 | Non-members $25 


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