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.

“Melbourne has a great track record with really large and successful businesses and it’s also home to a number of highly successful Springboard Australia Accelerator alums and their companies.”

Kerri Lee, SBE Australia Board member andSpringboard Accelerator alumna, has more than 15 years’ experience working across the high-growth eco-system in Victoria. As well as co-founding her own startup, she has worked with some of Australia's leading tech businesses and is now leading technical investment/venture capital in a family office.

According to Kerri Lee, the Melbourne start-up scene held amazing opportunities for early-stage female tech entrepreneurs.

“Melbourne has a strong supply of accelerator programs already in place but there is high demand for more programs. When you put that together with the need for greater support for female founders, the environment in Melbourne is perfectly suited to SBE’s E3 program.”

The E3: Empower, Evolve, Escalate program consists of weekly workshops for eight weeks where program facilitators and guest experts take participants through business fundamentals.

Three of SBE Australia’s Springboard Enterprises Accelerator Melbourne alumnae are taking part in the new E3 program as guest experts including Tessa Court (CEO Intelligence Bank), Alison Hardacre (HealthKit), and Charlotte Petris (Timelio).

They will be participating alongside Kerri Lee, Topaz Conway and Julie Demsey from SBE Australia and local Melbourne startup influencers, Tristonne Forbes course facilitator, and guest experts Rachael Neumann (LaunchVic and Startmate), Elan Pamensky (Cloud CFO), Jim Cassidy (rampersand), and Sydney’s Richard Horton (Squire Patton Boggs).

Julie Demsey, SBE Australia GM, supports Kerri Lee’s enthusiasm, “We’ve just completed our Sydney E3 program which was incredibly valuable for the founders who took part. The new Melbourne Cohort is filled with another group of really strong female founders and we are excited to see what they will achieve throughout the 8 week course.”

To learn more about E3, watch the interviews with our Sydney E3 cohort here

SBE Australia Springboard Accelerator Melbourne Alumnae

Renece Brewster - Visual Domain (2017)

Julie Bray - Konnective (2016)

Lucy Lloyd - Mentorloop (2016)

Alison Hardacre - Health Kit (2015)

Belinda Adams - SoupedUp Solutions Pty Ltd (2015)

Charlotte Petris - Timelio (2015)

Tessa Court - Intelligencebank (2013)

Georgia Beattie - Beattie Wine By The Glass (2013)

Sam Cobb - AdAlta (2013)