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: BOARD APPOINTMENTS STRENGTHEN FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

AUSTRALIA’S leading organisation for female entrepreneurship, SBE Australia, today announced the appointments of Kara Frederick and Iain Dixon as new Independent Board Directors, effective immediately.

The appointments follow the addition of Kerri Lee Sinclair as Chair in April, in a further strengthening of the organisation’s strategic oversight and corporate governance capability.

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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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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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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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