Frequently Asked Questions

What's the application criteria?

This course is designed for female founders or leaders of technology or life science businesses. To apply, you will need to have a minimum viable product or achieved proof of concept, technology/innovation enabled, traction or extensive customer interviews.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting applications for our final 2019 program, to be held in Melbourne in October and November. Click the Apply Now button below.

Are there any other added benefits in participating in the program?

Yes there are! All program participants will receive benefits from our partners; AWS, Stripe and Hubspot. Plus, the top graduate of the E3 program, as determined by SBE Australia panellists, will go through to the regional interviews for the SBE by Springboard Enterprises Tech and Life Sciences programs.

When do applications close?

Applications for our final 2019 Melbourne program are now open and will close on Friday 30th August.

What are the E3 program registration fees?

If accepted into the program, cost for Melbourne and Sydney programs:

  • Early bird registration fee is $1,280 (incl. GST) - a saving of 20% (expires 1st May)
  • Standard registration fee is $1,600 (incl. GST).

Cost includes all course materials, resources, templates and light refreshments.

Is this a weekly course?

Yes it is. We have too programs:

  • The 8-module program runs each Saturday for 4 weeks from 9.00am to 4.30pm
  • The 8-module program runs each Thursday or Friday for 8 weeks from 12.00pm to 4.00pm

I have a great idea, should I apply for E3?

Congrats on this exciting time. But when your startup is in the ideas stage, it’s not quite ready for SBE Australia's E3 program. Don’t worry, we’ll be here once you’ve explored your idea with lots of potential customers and built the first version of your product. In the meantime, sign-up for our newsletter, so we can keep you updated on our inspiring, entrepreneur focused programs and events.

I was not accepted into the SBE by Springboard Enterprises program. Should I apply for E3?

Yes, if you missed out on our Springboard Enterprises Program, E3 is the ideal training ground to get your startup ready for that next step. We created E3 to fill the gap and help you grow your business, so more women-led startups will be ready to take the next step (before taking on the world).

How does SBE choose the participants?

We spend time reviewing all applications to determine the final participants have the most to benefit from the program. We want to help you grow your business and make sure you’re at the right stage to do that. You need to have a technology or life science based business with a MVP or extensive customer interviews/validation.

What if I don’t make it into the program?

Space is limited and not everyone who applies will be accepted into the program. We intentionally keep class sizes small to maximise learning outcomes for the group. If you are not selected, we will suggest other appropriate programs, or may encourage you to re-apply when further milestones are met.

What do I learn as part of the program?

Our E3 Program covers 8 core modules, for more details click here.

Who should I contact for more information?

If you have any other questions about the program, email us at
Key Information
Final 2019 Program

Melbourne CBD
12.00pm to 4.00pm
Week 1 Friday 11th October
Week 2 Friday 18th October
Week 3 Friday 25th October
Week 4 Friday 1st November
Week 5 Friday 8th November
Week 6 Friday 15th November
Week 7 Friday 22nd November
Week 8 Friday 29th November