Celebrating our entrepreneurial business-savvy mothers

Celebrating our entrepreneurial business-savvy mothers

Here at SBE Australia we are constantly in awe of our amazing community of women leaders, many of whom are working mothers; somehow cramming the responsibilities of parenthood and the running of a successful business into one very busy life. Whilst celebrating Mother’s Day last week we were lucky enough to have a chat with a handful of these women and gain an insight into what being both a mother and a business-woman really involves.

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Insights of scale... with Noga Edelstein

Insights of scale... with Noga Edelstein

Noga Edelstein is one of the passionate Board Members here at SBE Australia. Since completing the SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises program in 2017, she went on to swiftly close a $1M Series A round for UrbanYou; a platform to book trusted, pre-screened household services in real-time. Since being acquired by local services marketplace OneFlare, Noga has been completing her final phase at UrbanYou and she recently finished up. Here she shares what she's learnt through the scaling and earn-out processes, along with her most useful entrepreneurial learnings, gained from her experience at companies such as Yahoo! and also more unlikely places, such as on the stage!

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Press release: Announcing the 2019 SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises Life Sciences cohort

Press release: Announcing the 2019 SBE Australia by Springboard Enterprises Life Sciences cohort

With the support of funding from Launch Vic, SBE Australia announces that six experienced and accomplished women entrepreneurs have been selected to take part in its 2019 Springboard Enterprises Life Science cohort. The group includes a mix of companies across the device, digital and diagnostic industries, reflecting the diverse calibre of women in the life science industry in Australia.

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Highlights from Sunrise 2018

Highlights from Sunrise 2018

Last week’s glorious sunshine had us travel over sea to Cockatoo Island where we were welcomed at a wonderland for the ambitious - also known as Sunrise Island - Blackbird’s annual Sunrise Conference.  This year the content program was a metaphor for the founder journey focusing on (1) what we can expect for the future whilst sparking new ideas, (2) overcoming obstacles and (3) all about the getting started part of it all.

Amongst the 999 attendees we were accompanied by investors, start-ups, corporates, government and even the future generation of founders: school students. Read on for some highlights shared by founders on the day as well as lessons learned during a few workshops.

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Highlights from YeahNah 2018

Highlights from YeahNah 2018

LaunchVic’s second annual founder summit YeahNah18 was held on the 24th August 2018 in glorious sunshine at Central Pier in Melbourne. Exploring the Yeah’s and the Nah’s of what it’s like being the founder of successful startups and unicorns, the summit included two of our Springboard Alumnae Charlotte Petris and Sam Cobb on the couch with LaunchVIc CEO Kate Cornick. Read on for some highlights shared by founders on the day.

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To CEO or not to CEO?

To CEO or not to CEO?

It can be a tough decision for anyone that has spent a long time building their professional reputation to step away from their former careers and risk it all on a new venture. It can also be challenging balancing that decision with raising a family or caring for older parents. We heard that it can come as a huge personal cost.  For those a little further down the track it can be difficult for founder CEO’s to recognise that they may not be the right CEO to take their technology all the way from an early stage through exit. When is the right time to step out or for that matter to step in? How do you make the decision to CEO or not to CEO?

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Media release: BOARD APPOINTMENTS STRENGTHEN FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

AUSTRALIA’S leading organisation for female entrepreneurship, SBE Australia, today announced the appointments of Kara Frederick and Iain Dixon as new Independent Board Directors, effective immediately.

The appointments follow the addition of Kerri Lee Sinclair as Chair in April, in a further strengthening of the organisation’s strategic oversight and corporate governance capability.

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MEDIA RELEASE: LaunchVic to support SBE Australia expand new Life Sciences program in Melbourne

SBE Australia, is pleased to announce it will expand its world-class programs, to include life sciences focused content in Melbourne, thanks to support from LaunchVic under its Round 4 Global Accelerator Funding.  SBE Australia’s licensed Life Sciences Springboard Enterprises Accelerator and its broader, earlier stage E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate program, for women founders and business leaders, are now open for expressions of interest or enrolment nationally.

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Why You Should Apply for Springboard: From 2017 Alum and SBE Board Member, Noga Edelstein

Why You Should Apply for Springboard: From 2017 Alum and SBE Board Member, Noga Edelstein

In 2017 Noga Edelstein, co-founder of UrbanYou, participated in SBE Australia’s Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator. Fast forward a year and Noga’s business raised $1million in less than 2 weeks, acquired a Brisbane competitor and was recently announced as our newest Board Member!

We sat down with Noga to discuss her board appointment, how Springboard helped her business, and why she thinks you should apply for the Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator program.

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Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator Success Story: Jenny O’Neill, Episoft

Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator Success Story: Jenny O’Neill, Episoft

Jenny completed the Springboard Accelerator (2016) and found the support to be pivotal to her raising process.

Jenny's Medtech startup Episoft just closed a $1,050,000 capital raise backed by four private investors in preparation for scaling up its offering.

“SBE Australia is a women-led accelerator that is essential in the market."

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Tech founder harnesses digital platform for a positive social cause

Tech founder harnesses digital platform for a positive social cause

Hitnet’s Founder and SBE Australia E3 Program cohort member, Julie Gibson, says after many years of working for large companies and research organisations, she really enjoys the autonomy and flexibility of running her own business.

Julie shares her words of wisdom for female founders and explains what has stood out to her in the E3 program so far…

 

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The entrepreneurial journey - myths, misconceptions and the ultimate reward

The entrepreneurial journey - myths, misconceptions and the ultimate reward

SBE Australia’s General Manager, Julie Demsey, addresses some common myths around what it takes to grow a successful company and what it means to be a successful entrepreneur.

From knowing everything to overnight successes, and exponential growth benchmarks to working 24/7, she breaks down the misconceptions and saves the best for last. Julie finishes by shining a light on the one notion about the entrepreneurial journey that should be talked about more often… challenging and rewarding, there is nothing quite like running your own business.

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Angel investor's advice for female start-up CEOs

Angel investor's advice for female start-up CEOs

Five years ago, Sydney-based entrepreneur and angel investor Topaz Conway helped convince Kay Koplovitz to bring Springboard Enterprises’ program to Australia to help female tech entrepreneurs in Australia scale their businesses.

Having started out with startups in Seattle, Topaz saw an opportunity for a program like Springboard in Australia.

Topaz has these tips for women pitching to investors to scale or grow their company.

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