Applications for the Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator program are now open

Participants at the 2017 SBE Australia Accelerator

Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE Australia) is kicking off another round of its Accelerator program and women-led businesses are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 2012, the not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to supporting women-led tech companies to grow and scale their businesses.

SBE Australia aims to empower female-lead businesses by providing experience, knowledge, tools, training, networks and partners, without taking equity.

The accelerator will provide up to 10 emerging companies the opportunity to tap into world-class resources from top-tier business development experts to investors and entrepreneurs.

The SBE Australia Accelerator program is now in its sixth year and Topaz Conway, Chair of SBE Australia, said previous recipients have outperformed the majority of Australian tech businesses.

“85 per cent have successfully raised capital post-program. We have seen $180m go to these women-led companies, had two ASX listings, and three acquisitions. We know without a doubt that when women are adequately funded and have access to supportive networks they perform well. In fact, they outperform. Our program creates an environment that builds confidence, knowledge and connections that is life changing for women entrepreneurs and their businesses.”

 

 

“Entrepreneurs tend to create their own virtuous cycle, Conway continued. “I am exceptionally excited to welcome our newest SBE board member, Noga Edelstein, founder of UrbanYou (a past Accelerator recipient) Noga is a successful entrepreneur, by way of a legal profession in a previous life, and will importantly bring direct experience with SBE programs.”

Edelstein had nothing but praise for SBE Australia, saying her company had gone from strength to strength.

“If you are looking to raise capital, make quality connections and gain a deeper understanding of your business, you need to apply for The Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator. It provides unmatchable access to a global community of innovators, investors and influencers, and top-tier mentoring and business sessions.

“If you’re unsure about whether to apply, just do it, you have nothing to lose. Even if you aren’t ready, the feedback you’ll receive from the interview process is so valuable. It’s also such a useful marketing tool as people will begin to recognise your name and your business,” Edelstein said.

Other Springboard alumnae include artificial intelligence company, Flamingo, career management platform, PlanDo, event planning platform Ivvy, and mentoring startup Mentorloop.

 

Applications close: 23 February 5:00pm (AEST). For more info visit: sbeaustralia.org/springboard-enterprises-accelerator/

 

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