FAQs - E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate


What are the application criteria?

This course is designed for female founders or leaders of scalable technology or biotech businesses. To apply, you will need to have a minimum viable product or achieved proof of concept, technology / innovation enabled, traction or extensive customer interviews.


How do I apply?

We are currently accepting applications for our Melbourne June/July and Sydney August/September programs. Apply Now before applications close (refer dates below).


Are there any other added benefits to apply?

Yes there are! All program participants will receive $10K AWS Activate Startup Credits valid for up to 2 years.

Plus, the top graduate of the E3 program, as determined by SBE Australia panellists, will go through to the regional interviews for the SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises Tech and Life Sciences programs.


When do applications close?

 Applications for Melbourne and Sydney are now open and will close on the 17th July.

Key dates of the program can be found at the bottom of this page. 


What are the E3 Program registration fees?

If accepted into the program, cost for Melbourne and Sydney programs:

  • Early bird registration fee is $1,280 (incl. GST) - a saving of 20% (expires 1st May)

  • Standard registration fee is $1,600 (incl. GST).

Cost includes all course materials, resources, templates and light refreshments.


Is this a weekly course?

Yes it is:

  • The 8-module program in Melbourne runs each Saturday for 4 weeks from 9.00am to 4.30pm

  • The 8-module program in Melbourne runs each Friday for 8 weeks from 12.00pm to 4.00pm

  • The 8-module program in Sydney runs one each Thursday for 8 weeks between 12.00pm to 4.00pm


I have a great idea, should I apply for E3?

Congrats on this exciting time. But when your startup is in the ideas stage, it’s not quite ready for SBE Australia's E3 program. Don’t worry, we’ll be here once you’ve explored your idea with lots of potential customers and built the first version of your product. In the meantime, sign-up for our newsletter, so we can keep you updated on our inspiring, entrepreneur focused programs and events.


I was not accepted into the Springboard Enterprises Program; should I apply for E3?

Yes! If you missed out on our Springboard Enterprises Program, E3 is the ideal training ground to get your startup ready for that next step. We created E3 to fill the gap and help you grow your business, so more female-led startups will be ready to take the next step (before taking on the world).


How do you choose the participants?

We spend time reviewing all applications to determine the final participants we believe have the most to benefit from the program. We want to help you grow your business and make sure you’re at the right stage to do that. You need to have a technology or biotech based business with MVP or extensive customer interviews / validation.


What if I don’t make it into the program?

Space is limited and not everyone who applies will be accepted into the program. We intentionally keep class sizes small to maximise learning outcomes for the group. If you are not selected, we will suggest other appropriate programs, or may encourage you to re-apply when further milestones are met.   


Our E3 Program covers 8 core modules, for more details click here

What do I learn as part of the program? 


What are the key dates for upcoming programs?

Location:  Melbourne, Saturday, 9.00am to 4.30pm, 4 weeks

  • Applications open: 3rd April

  • Early bird closes: 1st May

  • Applications close: 22nd May

  • Applicants confirmed: 24th May

  • Date(s): Saturday 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th June

Location: Melbourne, Friday, 12.00m to 4.00pm, 8 weeks

  • Applications open: 3rd April

  • Early bird closes: 1st May

  • Applications close: 17th July

  • Applicants confirmed: 19th July

  • Date(s): Friday 2nd August to Friday 20th September (8xFridays)

Location: Sydney, Thursday, 12.00pm to 4.00pm, 8 weeks

  • Applications open: 3rd April

  • Early bird closes: 1st May

  • Applications close: 17th July

  • Applicants confirmed: 19th July

  • Date(s): Thursday 1st August to Thursday 19th September (8xThursdays)


Who should I contact for more information?

If you have any other questions about the program, email us at info@sbeaustralia.org