FAQs - E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate


What are the application criteria?

This course is designed for female founders or leaders of scalable 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 3 Melbourne, Sydney and Wagga Wagga programs. 

To express your interest for other locations,  please fill in our "E3 - EOI" form 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 US$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, Sydney and Wagga Wagga are now open and will close on:

  • Melbourne: 2 July
  • Sydney: 9 July
  • Wagga Wagga: 9 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 Sydney and Melbourne programs:

  • Early bird registration fee is $1,280 (incl. GST) - a saving of 20% 
  • 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% 
  • Standard registration fee is $700 (incl. GST).

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


Is this a weekly course?

  • The program in Melbourne is a condensed program for 4 weekends that takes place on a Saturday between 9am and 3.30pm. 
  • The program in Sydney runs one afternoon a week for 8 weeks on a Thursday between 2pm and 5.30pm. 
  • The program in Wagga Wagga runs one afternoon a week for 8 weeks on a Sunday between 1pm and 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.


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

Space is limited. 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.   


What are the key dates for upcoming programs?

Location:  Melbourne, Central CBD location (Saturday, 9am to 3.30pm - condensed course, 4 weekends)

  • Applications open: Monday, 28 May 2018
  • Early bird closes: Monday, 18 June 2018
  • Applications close: Monday, 2 July 2018
  • Date(s): Saturday, 21 July, 28 July, 4 August and 11 August 2018 

Location: Sydney, Central CBD location (Thursday, 2pm to 5.30pm, 8 weeks)

  • Applications open: Monday, 28 May 2018
  • Early bird closes: Monday, 25 June 2018
  • Applications close: Monday, 9 July 2018
  • Date(s): Thursday, 2 August - 27 September 2018 (no class on 20 September)

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

  • Applications open: Monday, 28 May 2018
  • Early bird closes: Monday, 25 June 2018
  • Applications close: Monday, 9 July 2018
  • Date(s): Sunday, 29 July - 23 September 2018 (no class on 16 September)

New locations will be announced for Term 4 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