The Victorian Government was a proud supporter of the 2017 girledworld Leadership Summit, held to boost gender equality across the workforce and inspire the next generation of female leaders and entrepreneurs.

At the two day summit at the University of Melbourne, girls in years 7 to 12 heard from female leaders and entrepreneurs about the skills that will be needed to succeed in the future.

A major focus was careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), there was also be sessions on entrepreneurship, software development and user experience design.

Attendees heard inspiring keynote speeches from global female leaders and home grown startup founders from companies such as Airbnb, IBM, MYOB, AirWallex and the Government's startup supporter LaunchVic.

"We're proud to support this conference and a range of other initiatives that engage, encourage and inspire young women to follow their dream," Victoria's Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade said.

"We're encouraging girls to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to start the innovative businesses that will fire our future economy and create our future jobs."

The Government is also supporting women in STEM through veski's Inspiring Women program, which delivers fellowships, industry internships and professional development and networking opportunities.

girledworld is an educational technology startup that is closing the gender gap by inspiring and educating the next generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs and STEM champions.