JESS’S  STORY

Jess Wilson is a repeat tech founder, her first business Stashd scaled to 130 countries, won numerous awards, saw her as a grand finalist on China’s version of Shark Tank x The Apprentice airing to 15M p/episode and was pinned by Forbes as one of 1,000 entrepreneurs under 30 to change the world in the next 50 years.

When raising money for a her startup Jess was sexually assaulted by a prospect investor. She turned to an advisor to ask for guidance in which she was met with ‘Jess, put your head down, focus on the business, and when you’re ‘more successful’ you can do something about it then’. (Horrific advice).

Jess decided to go against her advisors advice and decided to seek justice for what happened to her, she met with over a dozen lawyers and law firms. The most common feedback being “We believe what you’re saying – but it’s not about the truth, it’s about the law and how the law is structured”.

Women Making Waves is a strong ‘why’ legal system to disrupt the law reform space from the inside out.

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     FOUNDER STORY

Women Making Waves (WMW) is the first NFT project under Waves Tech Ventures – a female led and gender empowering venture business focusing on utilising Web3 technologies for impact. Co founded by Hayley Evans and Jessica Wilson in 2021, the pair met as neighbours throughout the Sydney Covid-19 lockdowns, quickly establishing a friendship grounded in shared values and a desire to harness technology for impact. With restaurants shut, offices closed – the two had time to brainstorm and stretch each others thinking as to what was possible, they quickly realised their skill-sets, connections and background crossover was perfectly complimentary.

Jessica, a successful tech entrepreneur with an innate ability to market to and wrap a vision towards millennial and Gen Z women, a stash of growth awards and pinned by Forbes as one of 1,000 entrepreneurs to change the world in the next 50 years and; Hayley, an investor and hyper-growth driven advisor whose portfolio includes the creation and scale of a $14B company’s tech investment portfolio, Global Board roles for YPO, Impact initiatives, and a training organisation in the safety and mining industry. The co-founders work with their startup team of Blockchain development specialists, NFT advisors who have built bluechip NFT projects and marketers to execute on the vision of the company and collection.

And so the story begins. TWO girls, ONE mission and a world ready for CHANGE.

WMW TEAM

Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Co Founder & CEO

Jess is a repeat founder, her last venture Stashd scaled to 130 countries and won numerous growth and innovation awards. She was a finalist in China’s version of ‘Shark Tank x The Apprentice’ which aired to 15 Million p/episode in which Jess placed with the bronze trophy as the last western team in the global competition pitching to the likes of CEO of Alibaba, seed investors in Paypal etc. She has been pinned by Forbes as one of 1,000 entrepreneurs under 30 to change the world in the next 50 years and has completed accelerator programs in Silicon Valley, Europe and China.

Hayley Evans

Hayley Evans

Co Founder

Hayley is an early stage investor, business leader and hyper-growth driven advisor whose portfolio of work spans the breadth of a global tech investment portfolio, Board roles for YPO and impact initiatives, an RTO in the mining space and leading a digital marketing and tech growth company. Through operating her own companies, being a hands-on investor and mentoring high growth leaders, Hayley knows how to get operational efficiencies and hyper scale organisations.

Vanessa Ly

Vanessa Ly

Creative Director

Born in New Caledonia, a Sydney-based graphic designer with a business background and a strong passion for branding and layouts. Vanessa brings ideas to life and create aesthetically pleasing stories through design, as she did for her own business Lovly, launched in New Caledonia. She is a passionate creative thinker and problem solver with a proven ability to drive projects from concept through production to final delivery.

Leanna McNeil

Leanna McNeil

Community Manager

Esteemed & doxxed Web3 Executive with 10+ years of experience in business, community engagement, social media management,  customer service & culture leadership. As a trader, investor & Core Team member with multiple Web3 project launches under her belt, her Web2 Entrepreneurial know how bridges her practical hands-on multi layered Web3 experience.

Nina Funnell

Nina Funnell

#Let Us Speak

Nina Funnell is a Walkley award winning journalist, author, and sexual assault survivor advocate. Nina has overturned numerous Australian sexual assault laws and is a leading Australian voice and activist of change.

Lindsay Dawson

Lindsay Dawson

Head of Impact

Lindsay is the Philanthropy Research and Insights Manager at Perpetual where she oversees $120m in annual distributions from Perpetual clients back into the sector. Appointed to the Bondi Icebergs Board in October 2018 she volunteers her time bringing people together while addressing community needs. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) and is a member of the Certified Institute of Accountants.

Anais Cordier

Anais Cordier

NFT Artist

Anais is a digital artist based in France specialising in women-led designs utilising bold colours with a women empowerment
undertone.

Omer

Omer

NFT Advisor

Omer was an early team community management member of blue chip NFT Project Cryber Kongz ($200M transaction value, $580M total project value). He has started his own project on Opensea and has tactically executed and advised from start
to finish various NFT project’s which have sold out their mint.

Poonacha Machaiah

Poonacha Machaiah

Web 3 + Wellness Advisor

Poonacha Machaiah has over 20 years of global experience as a successful serial entrepreneur and business leader in Fortune 100 companies. Poonacha is among the new breed of emerging social entrepreneurs who are using approaches from the commercial world and employing technology to tackle social and environmental problems.