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 Term 4 Melbourne, Perth and Wagga Wagga programs. Apply Now before applications close (refer dates below).

To express your interest for other locations, please complete our "E3 - EOI" and we’ll notify you when applications are open in your state. 


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 Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator Program.


When do applications close?

 Applications for Melbourne, Perth and Wagga Wagga are now open and will close on:

  • Melbourne: 19 September

  • Perth: 19 September

  • Wagga Wagga: 28 September

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 Perth programs:

  • Early bird registration fee is $1,280 (incl. GST) - a saving of 20% (expires 5 September)

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

If accepted into the program, cost for Wagga Wagga program (regionally subsidised):

  • Early bird registration fee is $550 (incl. GST) - saving over 20% (expires 14 September)

  • Standard registration fee is $700 (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 Thursday for 8 weeks from 1.30 to 5.00pm.

  • The 8-module program in Perth runs one each Tuesday for 8 weeks between 5.30 and 9.00pm.

  • The 8-module program in Wagga Wagga runs each Sunday 8 weeks from 1.00 to 4.30pm.


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 focussed programs and events.


I was not accepted into the Accelerator; should I apply for E3?

Yes! If you missed out on our Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator, 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, Australia Post, 111 Bourke Street, Melbourne (Thursday, 1.30 to 5.00pm, 8 weeks)

  • Applications open: Monday, 1 August

  • Early bird closes: Monday, 3 September

  • Applications close: Wednesday, 19 September

  • Applicants confirmed: Friday, 21 September

  • Date(s): Thursday 11 October to 6 December (no class on 8 November)

Location: Perth, Tank Stream Labs, Level 2, Level 2, 11 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth, WA (Tuesday, 5.30 to 9.00pm, 8 weeks)

  • Applications open: Monday, 1 August

  • Early bird closes: Monday, 3 September

  • Applications close: Wednesday, 19 September

  • Applicants confirmed: Friday, 21 September

  • Date(s): Tuesday 9 October to 4 December (no class on 27 November)

Location: Wagga Wagga, at Hubb Hubb (Sunday, 1pm to 4.30pm, 8 weeks)

  • Applications open: Monday, 1 August

  • Early bird closes: Monday, 10 September

  • Applications close: Monday, 24 September

  • Applicants confirmed: Friday, 28 September

  • Date(s): Sunday, 21 October to 9 December

New locations will be announced for 2019 shortly. Be sure to express your interest. 


Who should I contact for more information?

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