Frequently Asked Questions

What's the application criteria?

This program is designed for female founders with an idea. There is no need for prior knowledge or learning experience. The program provides the foundations for applicants to learn about all the facets required to launch a startup.

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted online. Please submit your application via the Apply Now button below.

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

Yes there are! All participants receive discounts and benefits from our partners: Airwallex, AWS, Stripe and Hubspot.

When do applications close?

Applications are open year-round. Applications for our July Explore Program will close 19 June 2021.

Are there any program fees?

If accepted into the program, the fee is $1,800 (excluding GST). This cost includes all course materials and resources.

Is this a weekly course?

Yes it is. It is a hybrid course, meaning weeks 1 and 8 will be delivered in a face-to-face setting in Melbourne. For weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 the program will be held virtually via Zoom. The contact hours per week will be 1.5 hours.

I have a great idea, should I apply for the SBE Explore program?

Yes you should! That’s the perfect time to apply.

I have already started building out my idea into a business. I’ve launched to market, or have an MVP already built. Is this the right program for me?

If you are further along the journey than ideation, we recommend reading about and applying for our Evolve program. This program caters for later stage businesses that have already completed the first steps required to build a business.

I was not accepted for the Evolve program. Should I apply for the SBE Explore program?

Yes, if you missed out on our Evolve program, the SBE Explore program is the ideal training ground for you to get your idea and business ready for the next level of growth. The SBE Explore program has been designed for this exact purpose.

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.

What do I do if I’m not accepted 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 at a later date.

Who should I contact for more information?

If you have any other questions about the program, email us at

Key Dates

Feb - March 2020  
July - Sep 2020