Kristen Phillips


I am passionate about reducing the gender gap in entrepreneurship and challenging barriers facing Womxn in launching startups. I have a background in Media, PR, Fashion, E-commerce & Business Affairs. As the UNSW Founders New Wave Program Manager, I empower entrepreneurial Womxn to start viable and scalable businesses. Whether you have an idea scribbled on a napkin or have proven Product/Market Fit (Market/Product Fit), you should definitely be applying for New Wave this year! I love helping people find confidence and overcome their fears because performing, pitching & public speaking once filled me with so much fear, I would visibly shake. Today, I can honestly say it's one of my best skills & I have fun doing it ✌️🌊.

Fun fact: I had my first paid job when I was 4 years old, starring in an Australian 'Cookie Man' TV Commercial. During my time at SBS TV, I was a regular extra on Mark Fernell's Movie Mayhem (SBS2).Although my only roles included a 'fear of the walking dead-esque' zombie (FYI - one of my favourite shows) or playing Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks), back from the dead 🧟‍♀️.

If you are a professional, interested in partnering, mentoring or speaking in our 2022 New Wave Programs, please reach out to me via Linkedin.

If you are a Founder needing support or strategic advice to get you started, you can book in a coaching session with me on Calendly (links provided to you, after completing the UNSW Founders startup registration form)