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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EXPOSED - How our own ‘Resilience and Self Care’ panel showed me I’ve been the pot calling the kettle black!

EXPOSED - How our own ‘Resilience and Self Care’ panel showed me I’ve been the pot calling the kettle black!

Last week I lead a panel on Resilience and Self Care for Business Success as part of Female Entrepreneurs Week at TankStream Labs.

The panel was filled with amazing female entrepreneurs who generously and authentically shared stories from their personal journeys running their companies.

And I had a revelation... I’ve been the pot calling the kettle black!

For so long I have been listening to and supporting other female entrepreneurs, I have forgotten to takes these lessons on and give myself a bit of a break!

Read more about my renewed commitment to self-care here 

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Three reasons tech entrepreneurs should apply for our E3 program... from our of our participants!

Three reasons tech entrepreneurs should apply for our E3 program... from our of our participants!

We asked Jacqui Park, one of our current Sydney program participants who is a female co-founder of an early stage start-up, what she’s gained in her first three weeks on the program.

"There have been so many times in the past three weeks on the program going through this process that I wished I started this months ago!”

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5 ways the E3 program helps female-led startups flourish

5 ways the E3 program helps female-led startups flourish

1.    It’s face-to-face

2.    It’s practical

3.    It’s for women

4.    It’s specifically for early stage startups

5.    It’s affordable

Our new E3 program (Empower, Evolve, Escalate) offers affordable, face-to-face, practical support for female entrepreneurs at the crucial early stage of their businesses without anyone taking a stake in the business.

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