Nicola founded Moyamoya Australia in September 2019, to raise awareness and support for people diagnosed with the rare Moyamoya Disease.

When did you start your business?

September 2019

What was the inspiration behind starting this business?

My baby boy had a stroke in my arms at just 11 months old, and was not diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease until he was 3. We want to make sure that families have an early diagnosis, to prevent others from having stroke, we want to make them feel a part of a family, we want to raise awareness of this disease, and we want to know why we have it.

What are you most excited about in your business?

I love to share the story, and to hear of medical practitioners who have heard of Moyamoya Disease. Early diagnosis is the best outcome for all.

What has been the most challenging thing about starting your business?

The biggest challenge is to have active participation for events. It’s been difficult in Australia, and whilst we have had considerable success, it is hard to ask families for financial support when the cost of living is going through the roof.

What advice would you give to other women thinking about starting a business?

Start today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Why did you enter the AusMumpreneur Awards?

I entered the AusMumPreneur Awards because 2023 is the year that I will tell the story, in any platform available.

What did you enjoy the most about being part of the awards?

I really enjoyed the networking opportunities that were available, making new connections was what I needed for my charity, but also for my sense of self.

What surprised you most about the awards?

The biggest and most pleasant surprise was how welcoming and inclusive the event was. I thoroughly enjoyed it and very comfortable to be there.

How did the awards help you in your business?

The AusMumPreneur Awards were very helpful to my charity because it garnered attention for me to be able to tell my story. This continues to be beneficial as people are congratulating me on the street, which means that my story is being heard.

What advice would you give to other mums thinking about entering the awards?

The opportunity to enter these awards is something that every mum should take advantage of becoming a member of that tribe. The friendships made are everlasting.

What has been the best thing about starting your own business?

Finding my purpose.

What’s happening next in your business?

I’m still telling the story, selling the book, and am moving towards public speaking. As a result of the Awards, I am going to be on podcasts, one today from LA!

What are your big plans for the future?

World Domination! I really want to be telling the story not only nationally, but my story is a good one and I would love to tell it to the world.