The Hen House is working to close the gender investment gap by:

Building pathways for women to build successful enterprises.

Providing opportunities for individuals and enterprises to measure their contribution to closing the gender investment gap.

Developing a collaborative environment for female founders to thrive.

Generating employee owned and operated businesses to fill gaps in the market.


Sustainable goal 5, Gender equalitySustainable goal 8, Decent work and economic growthSustainable goal 12, responsible consumption and productionSustainable goal 17, partnerships for the goals


Meet our supporters

Did you know?

Less than 4% of venture capital goes to female founders

By 2028, women will control 75% of discretionary spending around the world

Hen House Programs

There are three programs being run in the Hen House.

Give a Cluck means you are signing up to join the Hen House

to play your part in closing the gender investment gap.

Here are some actions we know that work.

What will you do to help close the gap?

Here are some ideas:

  • Talk to procurement about purchasing from female founded businesses
  • Review your superannuation with a gender lens
  • Become a SheEO activator
  • Share facts about the gender investment gap with your family and friends
  • Become an active member of the Hen House

Give a Cluck contributes to you building the foundations of the Hen House. Your contribution builds our infrastructure and your nominated action contributes to closing the gender investment gap. Each year all contributors will be brought together to work on the issues and determine what action they will take individually and collectively as part of their membership of the Hen House Co-op.

The Incubator is for female founders who are new entrepreneurs, who are finding their feet in the world of enterprise and who are serious about self-determination and making their way.

This is a 100 hour program that allows female founders and their teams to come together in small groups, we call “clutches”, to create a female founded social enterprise or co-operative. With the support of their own Hen House coach, participants work through their idea, generate a business model, build a customer base and test their service or product. At the end of the process each “clutch” presents their idea to a live audience at a Hen House Open Night.

Our next Hen House Open Night is on Wednesday 9 September at Stone & Chalk from 6pm-8pm.

Find out more about our six (6) current Hen House Incubator Clutches and book tickets here


Applications for Hen House Incubator

You can also contribute to this program by making a donation to enable women who are disadvantaged to participate in this program.

Hatched offers ongoing support for those who have been through the Incubator.

For those enterprises who have completed the Incubator that is not the end of our support. We will continue to link you to opportunities and networks to help get your social enterprise co-op off the ground. This work is not funded and is currently being generously supported by volunteers. Over time as the businesses grow and flourish they will make a contribution to this part of the Hen House. If you would like to contribute to this work consider becoming a member of the Hen House.

“Bring together what is good for business with what is good for the world.”

Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo

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Hen House Membership $99

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Your annual membership fee helps keep the Hen House doors open and you Give a Cluck by sharing one action you will take during the year to close the gender investment gap.*


Hen House Co-op $1

As a co-op member you share your contribution to closing the gender investment gap and participate in the annual Give A Cluck gathering to decide the Hen House priorities.

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The only way we create change is together

People from all walks of life are stepping up be a part of The Hen House.

Will you join us and help turn the curve towards economic justice?

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Our supporters

We are deeply grateful for the investment, support, time and advice of the following organisations and individuals. They are our first followers and we say thank you!
Tingari-Silverton Foundation
World Relief Australia
Incubator Coop
Andrew Ward
Kate Simpson
Sarah Gun
Amy Orange
Debbie Pakes
Lyndsey Jackson
Kingfisher Law
Freerange Future
Zahra Foundation
Wyatt Trust


Thank you to our inaugural Board Members:

Founder – Moira Were AM

Directors – Dorothy Belperio, Dr Eddie Blass, Kate Simpson, Leesa Chesser, Andrew Ward,
Nataliya Sard

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