The girledworld founding team - MADELEINe GRUMMET + EDWINA KOLOMANSKI
girledworld started with a very big problem.
the startup was born at the University of Melbourne's Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship in late 2016.
It was there that Madeleine Grummet and Edwina Kolomanski met while undertaking a Master of Entrepreneurship with the Melbourne Business School, Faculty of Business and Economics and School of Engineering.
This was a hands on, head on year of learning and launching fledgling startups that almost broke us.
We business modelled an Aged Care on-demand double-sided marketplace (then killed it).
We honed our innovation toolkits in Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Human Centered Design and Businesss Model Canvas.
And then we deep dove VC fund flows, high-growth start-up case studies and learned to love problems.
But it was when we put our collective brain power toward our Masters Thesis on the gender gap and innovation drivers in the Future of Work, that we discovered we'd found a problem so big and obsessed about it so much that we turned the solution into girledworld!
SINCE LAUNCHING GIRLEDWORLD, IT'S BEEN QUITE A RIDE.
Startups are like that. They take you up and down a thousand times a day.
But we can't believe how far we've come. And where we're going.
And we know we wouldn't be where we are without a thriving village of awesomeness around us.
THIS YEAR BRINGS VERY BIG THINGS.
A scalable platform product build in the US (watch this space!), keynotes and conferences around the country, collaborations, partnerships, meeting after meeting after late night after interns after team hires after snatched sleep after juggling kids and jobs and big vision and never enough hours in any given day.
But we do it. Like this. Because we found a bloody good problem to solve.
WE'RE BUILDING A NEW GENERATION OF GIRLS WHO CAN UNLEASH THEIR POTENTIAL TO STEP UP, START UP AND SKILL UP FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK.
Our 2017 girledworld Summit at the University of Melbourne made news around the country and united 100’s of girls from 50 schools across Victoria and NSW with global STEM leaders, startup founders and amazing industry role models. Our girledworld WOW Summit 2018 saw 800 girls and amazing industry leaders from across the planet join us for two days of career and personal story sharing, future of work skill building and immersive Design Thinking workshops.
Next year's WOW Summits at the University of Sydney (February 2019) and Geelong (May 2019) will focus on the World of Work and immerse girls in real-world problem-solving, enterprise skill-building and hands-on learning!
We look forward to you joining us, supporting us and being part of our village as we build the next generation of leaders, founders and STEM trail blazers.
Yours in gratitude, growth mindsets and goal-setting,
MADELEINE GRUMMET & EDWINA KOLOMANSKI
Co-founder Edwina Kolomanski attended Barnard College, Columbia University in New York in 2012 to undertake Liberal Arts and Pre-medical studies. During her time at Barnard, she was exposed to some amazing opportunities in female leadership and empowerment including being selected for an education forum with Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem. Edwina continues to engage with Barnard Alumni and returns to New York as often as she can!
Co-founder Madeleine Grummet spent May 2018 in San Francisco undertaking STEM diversity research and industry development for our global careers platform build, capturing content with amazing women working at Twitter, Airbnb and Atlassian and participating in Atlassian’s SHIPIT!
Madeleine got hooked on startup when she undertook a Master of Entrepreneurship at the University of Melbourne in 2016, and marinated in Silicon Valley on an Innovation and girledworld Edtech research tour led by Katie Mihell, founding head of Women In Focus CommBank, Chair of the NSW Executive Committee of Springboard Enterprises, and Angel Investor with Scale Investors.
The innovation tour included meetings with key VCs, emerging technology startups, futurists, entrepreneurs and business development managers across Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Companies included Google, Airbnb, Twitter, Tesla, IDEO, Box, Silicon Valley Robotics, Comet Labs, Singularity University, Google Ventures, Bespoke Co-Working SF, Go Daddy and other startup game-changers. Madeleine also completed an IDEO Experience Point Design Thinking Program, and has since completed training with IDEO as a Deign Thinking facilitator, and Inventium as an Innovation Facilitator.
Madeleine also mentors a number of early stage startups and founders at the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, Melbourne Business School, City of Melbourne, Foundation for Young Australians, muru-D and Everwise (Atlassian + Zendesk).