Tall Poppies

Realising the potential of Australia's female entrepreneurs

Welcome to Tall Poppies, Australia Post’s program to encourage more female entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses.

At Australia Post, we believe that Australia’s small businesses are the powerhouse of our economy. However, we believe there is huge untapped potential to be found in Australia’s female entrepreneurs and we want to help more of these women to start or grow their business.

We want to hear your stories, concerns and questions about entrepreneurship so that we can better support female entrepreneurs across the country to realise their full potential.

Join our discussions to connect and share ideas with other entrepreneurial women or share your experiences, whether you’re already running your own company or just thinking about starting your own business.

Realising the potential of Australia's female entrepreneurs

Welcome to Tall Poppies, Australia Post’s program to encourage more female entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses.

At Australia Post, we believe that Australia’s small businesses are the powerhouse of our economy. However, we believe there is huge untapped potential to be found in Australia’s female entrepreneurs and we want to help more of these women to start or grow their business.

We want to hear your stories, concerns and questions about entrepreneurship so that we can better support female entrepreneurs across the country to realise their full potential.

Join our discussions to connect and share ideas with other entrepreneurial women or share your experiences, whether you’re already running your own company or just thinking about starting your own business.

  • Ahmed Fahour talks about the female entrepreneur who influenced him the most

    12 months ago
    Ahmed and holly article

    At last month’s Tall Poppies Summit, Australia Post’s Managing Director and Group CEO, Ahmed Fahour, spoke about his mother’s experience as a female entrepreneur and how it had inspired him both professionally and personally.

    Read his story below or watch the video of his interview with Holly Ransom.

    In 1976, my mum opened a Lebanese bakery – Damascus Sweets – in Lygon Street. She sold Baklava and Znoud, and all these Lebanese sweets that she made using traditional recipes. She was a real trailblazer and she built this incredible business that attracted customers from all over Melbourne.

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    At last month’s Tall Poppies Summit, Australia Post’s Managing Director and Group CEO, Ahmed Fahour, spoke about his mother’s experience as a female entrepreneur and how it had inspired him both professionally and personally.

    Read his story below or watch the video of his interview with Holly Ransom.

    In 1976, my mum opened a Lebanese bakery – Damascus Sweets – in Lygon Street. She sold Baklava and Znoud, and all these Lebanese sweets that she made using traditional recipes. She was a real trailblazer and she built this incredible business that attracted customers from all over Melbourne.

    I remember, at the time, my father was recovering from a serious car accident and mum worked endlessly to raise eight kids, care for my dad and run a business. She was a parent, a carer, a baker, and a great business woman.

    But my mum was always very humble about the success of her shop – it’s not in her nature to boast and I think that’s quite a common trait among women. As a result, many aspiring female entrepreneurs are lacking the visible role models they need to inspire them as they contemplate starting or growing their business.

    We need to encourage more women to not only embrace their success – and we have a huge number of successful businesswomen in Australia – but also to be more open to speaking publicly about it. To share their stories and encourage the next wave of female entrepreneurs that will follow them.

    My mum’s success inspired me and now I’d like us to focus our efforts on inspiring many more women to pursue their own success. The Tall Poppies Summit was a great first step but I think it’s really important for all of us to visit the “Tall Poppies” conversation forum and talk about it with our customers – many of whom already have a business or are thinking about starting one.

    As it gains momentum, we believe Tall Poppies will play an important role in inspiring women across the country to start or grow a business by showcasing successful female entrepreneurs and connecting those businesswomen with their peers, regardless of where they live. I think this is going to be especially valuable for women in rural and remote Australia who don’t enjoy the same access to networks as their city sisters.

    This is a really important initiative. If we can help more entrepreneurial women to start or grow a business – whether they are tech start-ups, tech-enabled retailers, or genuine small businesses – then we’ll not only be serving Australia Post’s business, we’ll also be stimulating growth in many of the communities we serve, and boosting the whole economy.



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  • Wagga businesswomen make national headlines after attending Tall Poppies Summit in Melbourne

    about 1 year ago

    A crop of women are putting Wagga on the map as a "hub of innovation".

    Read the full article in the Daily Advertiser.

    A crop of women are putting Wagga on the map as a "hub of innovation".

    Read the full article in the Daily Advertiser.

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  • Wagga Wagga's Female Entrepreneurs

    about 1 year ago
    When the Prime Minister talks about "innovation" and "being agile" Wagga Wagga probably isn't the first place you think of.

    But a new crop of women entrepreneurs from the region are showing how to tap into markets in the country and the city.

    Read the full article in The Age.

    When the Prime Minister talks about "innovation" and "being agile" Wagga Wagga probably isn't the first place you think of.

    But a new crop of women entrepreneurs from the region are showing how to tap into markets in the country and the city.

    Read the full article in The Age.

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  • Tall Poppies Summit

    about 1 year ago

    We're very excited to be hosting the Tall Poppies Summit this Thursday, 28 April.

    If you'd like to know what's on the agenda, check out the program to find out more about what we'll be discussing and follow the links to learn more about our panelists.

    This year's event is only open to a small number of guests, but we will be keeping everyone updated on the conversation. The Australia Post Twitter feed @auspost which will be devoted to covering the Summit for the whole day with our MC @HollyRansom guest hosting our feed and live Tweeting from the event.

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    We're very excited to be hosting the Tall Poppies Summit this Thursday, 28 April.

    If you'd like to know what's on the agenda, check out the program to find out more about what we'll be discussing and follow the links to learn more about our panelists.

    This year's event is only open to a small number of guests, but we will be keeping everyone updated on the conversation. The Australia Post Twitter feed @auspost which will be devoted to covering the Summit for the whole day with our MC @HollyRansom guest hosting our feed and live Tweeting from the event.

    If you want to join in the discussion, follow our Twitter feed or register here at Tall Poppies so that we can answer your questions, share your thoughts and keep you informed about what's happening at the Summit.

    We're looking forward to sharing videos from the day on the Tall Poppies website next week.

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  • Take the Women in Global Business Survey

    about 1 year ago

    Are you a woman in international business? Facing challenges? Austrade's Women in Global Business want to hear about your experiences. Your responses will influence what services government will offer to support women-led businesses to grow internationally.


    Are you a woman in international business? Facing challenges? Austrade's Women in Global Business want to hear about your experiences. Your responses will influence what services government will offer to support women-led businesses to grow internationally.


  • Female Entrepreneurship Research

    about 1 year ago

    Australia Post is researching the key issues affecting female entrepreneurs and we'd welcome your views on the issues that have affected your ability to start and grow your business. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below and we'll try to cover this in our research.

    Australia Post is researching the key issues affecting female entrepreneurs and we'd welcome your views on the issues that have affected your ability to start and grow your business. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below and we'll try to cover this in our research.

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  • Australia Post Female Entrepreneurship Summit

    about 1 year ago

    As part of Australia Post's new female entrepreneurship program, Tall Poppies, the organisation will host a summit to discuss many of the key issues facing Australia's female entrepreneurs as they look to start and grow their businesses.

    The Tall Poppies Summit will be held on 28 April this year and we'd like you to share your feedback, experiences and business stories on the site so that we can bring your voices to this important event.

    As part of Australia Post's new female entrepreneurship program, Tall Poppies, the organisation will host a summit to discuss many of the key issues facing Australia's female entrepreneurs as they look to start and grow their businesses.

    The Tall Poppies Summit will be held on 28 April this year and we'd like you to share your feedback, experiences and business stories on the site so that we can bring your voices to this important event.

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  • Closing the gap between female and male entrepreneurs

    about 1 year ago

    Ahmed Fahour, Australia Post's Managing Director and Group CEO, argues that we must work harder to close the entrepreneurship gender gap if we are to realise the potential in Australia's rapidly transforming workforce. Read his opinion piece in The Age.

    Ahmed Fahour, Australia Post's Managing Director and Group CEO, argues that we must work harder to close the entrepreneurship gender gap if we are to realise the potential in Australia's rapidly transforming workforce. Read his opinion piece in The Age.

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  • Do female entrepreneurs find it harder to access finance?

    about 1 year ago

    A lot of the research shows that women find it harder to access capital than men. What has your experience been? Do you think it’s harder to access finance as a woman?


    A lot of the research shows that women find it harder to access capital than men. What has your experience been? Do you think it’s harder to access finance as a woman?


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