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heard it on the Grapevine.

Systemic change cannot rely on individual acts of courage; it requires the collective to create a safe, inclusive working environment for all

Grapevine empowers individuals in Australia's tech scene by spotlighting personal stories and insights. We provide advice based on lived experience and general legal know-how, to reshape power dynamics for a safer, more inclusive environment.

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"We are building Grapevine not because we believe the tech industry is stuck with these issues, but because we believe it can be so much better."


Grapevine is a bunch of women from the Australian start-up community who got together with a clear shared goal: to keep the conversation alive beyond the initial press coverage, to explore the systematic challenges faced by women and other minorities in the tech space and to push for actionable and meaningful change.
An image of Kirstin Hunter the image is black and white and she is looking at camera
kirstin hunter
I’m doing this so that the women and other underrepresented people in startups can use the whole of their brains to build tech that solves the world's biggest problems instead of wasting their energy dealing with bullshit harassment. Counterintuitively, my wine consumption appears to be inversely proportional to my rage with the patriarchy. On the rare occasion I drink these days I do enjoy a Chardonnay or, dare I say it, an IPA.
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Work is where we spend most of our lives, and it has a huge impact on our wellbeing. Like making a fine wine, creating good workplaces is the work of many hands - and everyone can do their bit, as a leader, ally, supporter or just a good colleague. I think of myself as a pet-nat, because I like all things bubbly and natural.
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More wine, less whine. We should celebrate all forms of diversity, and hold each other accountable to creating psychologically safe workplaces for all.

In the spirit of inclusivity, I’d like to champion a hearty kombucha for all the non-drinkers out there.
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Unlike a fine wine, harassment and bias in the startup ecosystem don't get better with age. I’m on a mission to cultivate the best bunch of humans in tech and build a safe and inclusive ecosystem where communities like Grapevine don’t need to exist. Help us to not exist! My go-to grape is French or Australian Chardonnay.
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I’m here to create space for those who have felt unheard and unrepresented in the tech ecosystem. To facilitate change through storytelling, education, and accountability. And ultimately, to create a vintage of companies that we can celebrate for redefining representation.
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I'm here to shape an ecosystem where women, like good wines, are celebrated for being complex, nuanced, sophisticated, and thought-provoking, rather than 'difficult' for having opinions. Meanwhile, I'll be enjoying a fine, unconventional orange wine.
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The etymology of 'courage' is the Latin word 'cour' - meaning heart. I aspire to create courageous discourse; leading with heart, rather than following with rage. I am a mulled wine, rich with Christmas spices
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Margot kilgour
Some of the best wines are blends of different grapes and sometimes different vineyards. The best and most productive teams are always the most diverse. I believe in trying to make the best wine we possibly can. I have no patience for toxic & sexist behaviour in the workforce. It is particularly important if we want to succeed on the global stage.I do enjoy a full bodied red & a pet nat.

“Our company event had just wrapped up, and he had offered to host drinks at his house for everyone. We had the unlucky fate of sharing an Uber with him...”

“I was early into my career and the only hire in operations. I was by default the most junior and most senior in the department. So
I was nervous and excited about the introduction with the board member”

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