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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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: 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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