Empowering women owned & led businesses

2 DAYS 6th & 7th May Melbourne

Regional WE Connect Forum

Your Unique chance to Pitch to Corporates

Are you ready to take on the big end of town?

Are you a woman in business dreaming big and ready to do business with corporates?

This is your opportunity to ensure you are ready, learn about their needs, the resources you will need.

Big Deals in Heels is a workshop like no other drawing from 20 years of corporate buying experience & presented by Lisa Sweeney. We will prepare you to do business with corporates. This is a day of interaction resulting in you really understanding the needs of corporates and in anticipation, you will develop your pitch for each corporate ready for Day 2. There will be plenty of time to refine & develop crafting your pitch for the different corporates in attendance.

On Thursday  7th May 2020, WEConnect International will hold its Regional Forum in Melbourne. This internationally recognized event brings together female entrepreneurs & business owners from all over Australia, representatives of multinational corporations, government agencies, to discuss women’s economic empowerment, business growth, and supplier diversity and inclusion.

Unique in its kind, this forum will feature panels, networking sessions, an opportunity to pitch your business. The aim is to foster business connections between corporations and women-owned businesses while exchanging key information about market opportunities and business strategies.

If you are a women business enterprise interested in growing your company or if you are a representative of a corporation that seeks to make its value chain more diverse and inclusive, you cannot miss this opportunity to learn and exploit everything that doing business with women-owned companies can offer.

In order to pitch you must be a WEConnect certified business, this means 51% must be women-owned & led. Currently, less than 2% of global supply contracts go to women-owned & led businesses. The corporates in attendance have KPI’s to change this but require certification so they can do business in confidence.

Certification takes at least 7 days to complete so ticket sales for those requiring certification will close Monday 27th  April 

All other tickets will close Monday 4th May


Day 1 Agenda

8.30 start

9 Overview of the day

9.15 Are you financially ready for doing business with a Corporate

9.45 Panel Trading terms & Expectations

10.15 Morning tea

10.30 What does that mean for You

11.00 Panel Financing options

11.30 short break

11.45 Know your Market, Know your corporate& your Unique Sales Proposition

12.30 Lunch

1.00  Panel The Corporate perspective.

1.30 Activity Develop your proposition

2.00 Present this to small groups & get feedback. Refine

2.30 Panel Successful Business Owners to discuss what worked for them

3.00 Afternoon tea

3.15 Pitching with Impact

3.45 Developing your own Pitch deck

4.30 Your turn to Pitch

5.30 Drinks


Regional Forum

Day 2 Agenda

8.00am Breakfast networking

9.oo am Start Keynote

9.30 am Building diverse infrastructure

10.00 am Leveraging Supplier diversity

10.30 am Morning tea

10.50 am Pitching to Corporates

11.30 am Lunch

12.30 -3.30 pm  Pitch Session ( Certified Businesses)

12.30 – 3.30 pm  Open Forum (Non – certified)

3.30 pm Lightning Talks

4.30 pm Close





CQ Functions  

113 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

113 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Only certified businesses are allowed to pitch

You must allow 7 days to be certified


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
2 DAY WShop & Forum BIH Members
Big Deals in Heels Wshop & Forum to Pitch Does not include Certification. Last date to apply fo rcertification 27th April
$ 999.00
20 available
Regional Forum 7th May
Attend forum, meet corporates. Open to the general public. ONLY WEConnect certified members will be able to pitch
$ 99.00
57 available
Regional Forum WEConnect Members
26th March Forum day only
$ 79.00
30 available
Regional Forum Corporate Members
7th May Forum day only
$ 79.00
27 available
2 DAY Ticket Wshop
Big Deals in Heels Workshop & Day 2 pitch Does NOT include Certification Last date to apply for certification Monday 27th April
$ 1,099.00
20 available
2 DAY Wshop & Pitch WEConnect Members
Big Deals in Heels Workshop & Day 2 regional Forum & Pitch for WEConnect Certified Businesses
$ 1,079.00
20 available