She Started It - a documentary about female tech entrepreneurs

Film screening of She Started It - a film on women tech entrepreneurs followed by a panel discussion.
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At Xero, we focus on ensuring we have a diverse and inclusive workplace, as this benefits employees, drives stronger business outcomes and better reflects the diverse community of customers and partners Xero interacts with every day.

Led by the executive team, diversity and inclusion is one of the company's strategic priorities. We have a number of initiatives that specifically focus on achieving this goal, including champion diversity and inclusion within the wider community. Therefore we are proud to host the screening of SHE STARTED IT - a documentary on women tech founders. 

Through intimate, action-driven storytelling, SHE STARTED IT explores the cultural roots of female under-representation in entrepreneurship - including pervasive self-doubt, fear of failure, and risk aversion among young women. It exposes, too, the structural realities women face as they become entrepreneurs, including lack of female role models and investors, and the persistent dearth of venture capital funding made available to women-led companies.

After watching SHE STARTED IT, there will be a panel discussion with local female entrepreneurs, academics and investors who are all keen to encourage, support and inspire a new generation of female tech entrepreneurs into the marketplace.

This event is open to anyone (men, women, non-binary folk, and people who are other marginalised genders.

We would also like to encourage those 12 years of age and older to attend - although for anyone ages 15 or under we recommend bringing a parent or guardian.

Click here to view trailer for film

AUT campus map here to help find the event. We will be in the WG building which can be accessed from Mayoral Drive or the Wellesley Street East entrances.

Proudly hosted by AUT, the official University partner of Techweek’18

  • Diversity
  • Film/TV
  • Investment
  • Software/SaaS
  • Youth
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Speakers

At 16, Alexia founded GirlbossNZ - as a result of her wanting to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls with the STEM, leadership and entrepreneur skills needed to become the change makers of the future.
In just 3 years Girlboss is New Zealand's 2nd largest young women network!


CEO at Dexibit, Angie combines her love of history, art and science with a background in software and analytics.
She is eager to encourage more girls and women into the technology space and showcasing other women entrepreneurs in tech fields.
Chief Partner Officer at Xero, Anna believes tech can democratise success by giving everyone the tools, knowledge and platforms that used to be reserved for big business or the privileged few.
She is also very passionate about diversity and inclusion.
Cecilia is the Chair of ArcAngels, the angel investment network that invests in women entrepreneurs. In addition to being an active Angel Investor, she holds a number of non-executive director positions and leads a women's mentoring programme at the UoA Business School. She is passionate about promoting women and improving diversity and inclusion across all areas of NZ business and society.
Miriana is the founder and CEO 1Centre - a company profiled by the NZ Herald as one of the ‘next big things’ in the start-up community to watch.
Miriana is also a passionate advocate when it comes to encouraging and inspiring more Maori (especially ​women)​ into the entrepreneur and tech space.


Sabrina is the lead facilitator for the AUT CO.STARTERS programme. She refers to herself as a ‘intrapreneur’ - someone who promotes, develops and markets innovation.
She has a passion for education, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
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