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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SBE Australia’s E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate program joins the thriving Melbourne start-up scene

SBE Australia’s E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate program joins the thriving Melbourne start-up scene

Australia is riding an exciting start-up wave and the Melbourne entrepreneur ecosystem is at the forefront, supporting and driving its local founders and their start-ups.

SBE Australia's Kerri Lee Sinclair said there had never been a better time to launch a business in Victoria.

“The Melbourne start-up ecosystem is thriving, growing, and really strongly supported by government, investors, influencers, and industry,” Kerri Lee said.

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Introducing the 2017 E3 (Empower, Evolve, Escalate) program cohort

Introducing the 2017 E3 (Empower, Evolve, Escalate) program cohort

We are so pleased to introduce the first ever graduated cohort from our E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate program for early stage female-led tech start-ups.

“It has been so exciting to see how far these women have come over the course of the 8 week program, how much work they have put in, and how their businesses have progressed,” Julie Demsey, SBE Australia GM.

Congratulations to our Founders!

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Own your right to be here, expect hard work, explore your network… advice from a CEO and co-founder

Own your right to be here, expect hard work, explore your network… advice from a CEO and co-founder

Deborah Noller is the CEO and co-founder of Switch Automation. Switch began in Sydney in 2005 and has since expanded its presence to include five offices in four countries.

Deb was also one of the eight women in the first intake for the Australian chapter of Springboard Enterprises Accelerator program in 2013.

With more than 20 years’ experience in business and tech, Deb has seen a lot of changes. When she started out in business, Deb said there were no networks for any start-up entrepreneurs at all, let alone women.

Read Deb's advice for founders here .... expect hard work, explore your network, never take your eye of revenue and more. 

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Aussie VC co-founder Rick Baker talks team with our female founders

Aussie VC co-founder Rick Baker talks team with our female founders

Rick Baker is co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in the most ambitious start-ups in Australia. Passionate about Aussie start-ups, before forming Blackbird, Rick held MLC’s venture capital portfolio with investments of over half a billion dollars and co-founded two tech companies, IDC Global and Right Party Connect.

We invited Rick to coach our E3 cohort on building the right team, at the right time, with the right culture to support their businesses.

His insights were helped our founders better understand how their team impacts their business and their pitch to investors. Read his tips here

 

 

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