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Springboard Enterprises Australia announces intake for third women-led accelerator program

Springboard Enterprises Australia, an organisation which helps women entrepreneurs become investor-ready, has announced the ten entrepreneurs taking part in its third annual accelerator program.

The national program, which does not take any equity, aims to address the funding gap facing women entrepreneurs by connecting them with a network of advisors, investors, and alumni in order to open up investment and mentoring opportunities.

This year’s participants come from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia, and span the technology and life sciences sectors.

Topaz Conway, chair of SBE Australia, called this year’s cohort “an extremely impressive group of individuals.”

The accelerator program will see the participants assigned a personal advisory network of relevant experts to help refine pitches and make connections. The program will kick off in Sydney in August, with participants meeting advisors from Springboard’s US and Australian networks, giving them the opportunity to make important connections.

The global Springboard network has helped over 500 female-driven businesses get off the ground since 2000, with these businesses raising over $6 billion.

This year’s participants are:

InvoiceBid – Charlotte Petris

InvoiceBid allows businesses to have their invoices funded by investors who bid on each invoice, giving businesses access to working capital immediately instead of waiting up to 120 days for their invoice to be paid by a debtor

Healthkit – Alison Hardacre

Healthkit is a global online health management platform for both patients and doctors.

OSCAR Hospitality Solutions – Belinda Adams

OSCAR is an online software application for the dietary and menu management of aged care residents.

DNA Security Solutions – Tania Jolley

DNA Security Solutions creates criminal marking systems which allow for the capturing of a robber’s DNA.

cmee4 Productions – Carolyn Mee

Cmee4 Productions harnesses game play to help solve real health issues. Its flagship product Sound Scouts provides an accessible means of detecting hearing loss in school-aged children.

SpeeDx – Caroline Fuery 

SpeeDx is a medical diagnostic company focused on the research, development, and commercialisation of molecular diagnostic detection technologies and in-vitro diagnostic tests.

PD Online – Sarah Mateljan

PD Online is an online platform which allows organisations to create, sell, deliver, and track online training via any device.

Virtualiis – Rebecca Lee

Virtualiis has created an app that works in much the same way as a QR code scanner, but instead of being diverted to a URL, the user is directed to an interactive virtual world, allowing businesses to showcase an extra dimension to their product or project to prospective customers.

Starts At Sixty – Rebecca Wilson

Starts At Sixty is a news and community site for over-60s across Australia and New Zealand.

OpenAgent – Zoe Pointon

OpenAgent is the ‘TripAdvisor for real estate’, allowing users to compare real estate agents. It recently raised $6 million.

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