Accelerator program for female entrepreneurs


Thursday, 09 July, 2015

A panel of 10 business leaders from around Australia will take part in the third annual Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE Australia) Accelerator program, designed exclusively for female entrepreneurs.

SBE Australia is part of a global, not-for-profit organisation where entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts come together to build high-growth, women-led business. Its Accelerator program was launched in 2013 and has since supported 16 businesses across the country.

The 2015 program is set to feature women from a broad range of professional and industry backgrounds across the technology and life sciences sectors. Participants and their companies are as follows:

  • Charlotte Petris, InvoiceBid — enabling businesses to raise working capital finance by selling their customer invoices to get paid faster
  • Alison Hardacre, Healthkit — online health management platform for use by doctors and patients
  • Belinda Adams, OSCAR Hospitality Solutions — automating residents’ nutritional and dietary requirements
  • Tania Jolley, DNA Security Solutions — DNA technology to help businesses protect their staff and customers from armed robbery
  • Carolyn Mee, cmee4 Productions — harnessing games for health outcomes with an ambition to offer all preschoolers a standardised hearing test
  • Caroline Fuery, SpeeDx — diagnostic tests and technologies that deliver information at a lower cost, providing better and more affordable health outcomes
  • Sarah Mateljan, PD Online — an online platform which empowers organisations to create, sell, deliver and track online training via any device
  • Rebecca Lee, Virtualiis — shifting traditional print advertising into a world of virtual marketing
  • Rebecca Wilson, Starts At Sixty — a media site for over-60s in Australia and New Zealand
  • Zoe Pointon, OpenAgent — Australia’s ‘TripAdvisor’ of real estate agents

The participants will converge on Sydney from 3–5 August for the Springboard Australia Bootcamp — a forum which will see them meet with advisors from Springboard Enterprises’ US and Australian networks, profile their investment credentials and gain international connections.

SBE Australia Chair Topaz Conway described the 2015 cohort as “an extremely impressive group of individuals, each of whom have established themselves with disruptive propositions across the financial services technology, digital media, e-health and biotech sectors”.

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