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Theresa Gattung donates $2.5m to launch centre for women entrepreneurs

Monday, July 05, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

Entrepreneur, businesswoman and feminist Theresa Gattung is putting her money where her mouth is by funding a $2.5 million university-based centre to foster women in entrepreneurship.

A global search for an academic leader to run the Theresa Gattung Chair of Women in Entrepreneurship will start this month, to head the Aotearoa Centre for Enterprising Women within the University of Auckland Business School.

Apart from the academic side, Gattung wants the centre to teach much-needed practical skills. Women needed to know how to launch a business, read a balance sheet, know what venture capital was and how to access it, she said.

Gattung has pledged $2.5m over 10 years but told the Herald she may increase the amount once she assesses the outcome. She and the university hope the business community will get in behind the centre with financial support to help it expand more quickly, engage more lecturers and offer more courses.

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