SBE Australia is a not-for-profit expert community, helping female founders gain the skills,
knowledge, confidence and networks to take their business further.
As a female founder, you’ve already overcome challenges. And, when you’re ready to scale your business or explore a bigger vision, SBE Australia can help.
Alumnae of the SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprise Programs have raised $207M to date, part of a global community of 685 women entrepreneurs that have collectively raised nearly $8B in capital, and include 15 IPOs and over 175 M&A events.
Our prestigious industry experts, global alumnae, peer network of key influencers and investors, and our specialist development programs, will give you the support, tools, expert knowledge and confidence to elevate your ambitions and accelerate your growth.
You’ve already worked hard to get your business to where it is today. And by working with our team, you’ll find the skills, resources, support network and confidence to help transform your hard work into something greater.
Stories of Success
Dr Catriona Wallace | Founder & CEO - Flamingo
Having run a successful client services firm—and having identified a gap in the market—Catriona Wallace founded Flamingo, an artificial intelligence platform built to help the financial services industry sell products online. An alumnae of the SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises Tech Program, Wallace says the program has been fundamental to her success.
“I had zero idea about anything to do with technology and anything to do with capital. The SBE Australia program helped me understand all of those inflection points, how to pitch, who to approach. It was how I learnt about the importance of capital and was fundamentally part of my startup’s growth story.”
Listing on the ASX in late 2016 for $24 million, the company is now trading with a market capitalisation of around $52 million.
Alison Hardacre | Co-founder & MD - HealthKit
Alison Hardacre is co-founder and managing director of HealthKit, a global platform that streamlines clinical administration for doctors, and brings together information and directories for patients to seek the best care. She speaks five Asian languages, was a Young Australian of the Year, and is an alumnae of 2014 SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises Tech Program.
Alison found our SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises Tech Program especially helpful when it came to raising capital. She feels her gender has been a factor in the past. “Investors are making calls about people, and about business models. Perceptions about gender can’t be separated from it unfortunately and that’s why SBE is really important, and raising questions about how you can tackle that.”
With the guidance and connections offered by SBE Australia, she is now preparing for a $5M round.
Rebecca Wilson | Founder & CEO - Starts at 60
Brisbane based Rebecca Wilson has turned her baby boomer website Starts at 60 into one of the country’s fastest growing media brands.
Named as a Deloitte Fast Starter, and shortlisted by Mumbrella as Media Brand of the Year, Wilson closed her first lucrative, funding round with Seven West Media in 2016. A 2015 SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises Tech Program alumnae, she credits SBE Australia as giving her the tools and confidence to negotiate the most important deal of her career.
“SBE Australia has helped normalise the journey of a female entrepreneur. The isolation of being a CEO is quite lonely, particularly somewhere like Brisbane where you’re not exposed to corporate networks as much. [SBE] gives you an idea of how hard, or how easy it is meant to be, which you need.”