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?Read More
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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.Read More
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…
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.Read More
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.Read More
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