5 ways the E3 program helps female-led startups flourish

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.

1.    It’s face-to-face

The E3 program consists of weekly workshops for eight weeks where our program facilitators and guest experts take participants through business fundamentals. We work in small groups with hands-on attention given to participants and feedback that is specific to their business and plans.

2.    It’s practical

Our structured program follows a logical and sequential format that is relevant to your business and planning. Cohort members do have to put in work before and after each session but their efforts are rewarded with a usable outcome which shows them how clearly they have come to understand their business and they can use these outcomes to take their business to the next level.

3.    It’s for women

Females face a unique set of challenges as entrepreneurs and leaders of start-ups. These challenges are heightened by women not having access to enough female role models or a wide network of female founders to share their experiences with.

We understand these challenges and help overcome them by providing access to a network of female mentors… and with each program we start a new cohort community made up of the participants and experts who support them. These groups continue to offer safe and supportive environments for networking long after cohorts complete the eight-week program.

4.    It’s specifically for early stage startups

Five years’ experience running the Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator program has shown us there is a gap in the Australian start-up market for programs that support female entrepreneurs at the crucial early stage of their businesses (and do so without anyone taking a stake in the business).

By early stage, we are looking for businesses with a minimum viable product that is technology or innovation enabled or has some market traction or validation of your idea such as extensive customer interviews. Our program covers business fundamentals including defining customer and market, developing a strong value proposition, how to use financials, build a team, manage IP, and value your business.

This groundwork gives our participants a crystal clear understanding of and vision for their business and arms them with the tools they need to take the steps to grow and properly value their business..

5.       It’s affordable

Do you value your future success? It’s time to invest in yourself and complete E3! The early bird registration fee is $1,760 (inc gst) - a saving of 20%. For this current round open now for Melbourne, applications must be received by 5pm, 25 August (EST) to qualify for this discount. Standard registration fee is $2,200 (inc gst).

This cost includes all course materials, resources, templates and a light meal each week.

And to add more bang for your buck, all program participants will receive US$10K AWS Activate Startup Credits valid for up to 2 years, which means the course more than pays for itself.

Need any more persuading?

The top graduate of each E3 program (determined by SBE Australia panelists) will go straight through to the regional interviews for the Springboard Enterprises Australia Accelerator Program. Launched in 2000, the global Springboard Enterprises organisation has helped almost 700 companies raise $7.7 billion in funding, with SBE Australia alumni raising $178 million to date.

Applying for the E3 program today could be the start of an exciting new entrepreneurial journey for you surrounded by other amazing and supportive women. We select eligible applicants to interview before selecting our final cohort.

Applications close September 10 and our early bird discount of 20% expires on Friday 25 August so apply here or contact us at info@sbeaustralia.org if you have any questions.