Here at Advance, we are delighted to partner with ELEVACAO to uncover, support and promote the hottest Australian startups as part of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Australia. 

Founded in New York, with locations in Sydney and Melbourne, ELEVACAO exists to empower more women to start and grow successful technology businesses, whilst creating collaborative environments where a woman’s ambition to succeed is embraced and actively supported by both women and men.

FACT: only 3% of tech startups are founded by women, yet when funded they deliver on average 35% higher ROI than male-led firms.

Advance Global CEO Serafina Maiorano said “Advance is extremely passionate about championing innovation and providing opportunities for women on a global stage. It is our core mission to engage and empower ambitious and innovative Australians around the world, and we are thrilled to partner with ELEVACAO to drive this agenda forward.”

TechCrunch is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. TechCrunch Battlefield gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, Workshops, Startup Alley, VIP and After Parties.

Buy tickets to TechCrunch Battlefield Australia, in partnership with ELEVACAO here. Use discount code Advance to receive a 30% discount on General Admission tickets.

Battlefield alumni include companies like Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, Tripit, Getaround, and Cloudflare. 648 startups have participated since the first competition in 2007, raising $6.9 billion, and 95 of those have been acquired or have gone public.

Speakers and judges at this year's event include many Advance members and past Advance Global Australian Award Winners such as:

Mike Cannon-Brookes | Co-CEO & Co-Founder @ Atlassian
James Cameron | Partner @ AirTree Ventures
Melanie Perkins | CEO & Co-Founder @ Canva
Dr Catriona Wallace | Founder @ Flamingo
Chris Boshuizen | Entrepreneur in Residence @ Data Collective

To learn more about the work we are doing in this space join us at TechCrunch Battlefield Australia or email Karen Orford, Director, Business and Innovation Strategy at