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Nominations for the SBE Australia Impact Awards for female entrepreneurs are now open

- June 6, 2022 2 MIN READ
SBE Australia CEO Nicole Cook, and chair Kerri Lee Sinclair
SBE Australia CEO Nicole Cook, and chair Kerri Lee Sinclair
SBE Australia, the not-for-profit startup accelerator and advisory group for women-led businesses, has opened nominations and entries for the 2022 Impact Awards for female entrepreneurs.

Nominations are only open until June 15, with entries closing on July 3. The finalists will be announced on July 19 and the awards announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on September 1.

There are four awards for women who are alumna of SBE. They are:

BEEN THERE BUILT THAT: presented to an SBE alumna who has successfully built and scaled a transformational business on a global scale.

GLOBAL PATHWAY: to an SBE Evolve alumna who has demonstrated growth and success and is poised to scale at rapid pace.

GAME CHANGER: to an SBE alumna who has transformed her industry through technology and innovation.

LEADERSHIP: to an SBE alumna who leads by example within her business, industry and community and inspires others.

There are three awards open to all women, regardless of whether they’ve been involved with SBE or not. They are:

GLOBAL GROWTH POTENTIAL: recognising businesses with strong global potential who are developing solutions to global problems.

EMERGING BUSINESS: recognising emerging businesses with clear investment potential. Prize package includes a scholarship to SBE’s Evolve Program.

THE UNSUNG HERO Award: a chance to nominate a founder who deserves to be recognised. A business owner who is leading by example but who may have gone under the radar.

Nominations and entries can be made here.

SBE Australia CEO Nicole Cook said the 2022 Awards form part of SBE’s 10-year Impact Project which includes a landmark 10-year Impact Report currently being prepared by Deloitte Access Economics.

“The report will be a key piece of industry research that analyses progress of women-led entrepreneurial businesses in economic, social, financial and cultural terms,” she said.

The report will provide important insights on social, financial and cultural factors and the barriers that still exist and prevent womenʼs full and equal participation in entrepreneurship. The aim is to clearly highlight actions required over the next 10 years to accelerate change.”

SBE Australia has supported more than 200 national mid-stage graduates in its Evolve program and more 90 Global level companies who have successfully raised over $1 billion in capital, had two IPOS and nine exits since launching in Australia in 2012. SBE Australia takes no equity in the businesses it supports. Previous alum include the founders of companies such as Modibodi, Canva, OpenAgent, Thrivor, IntelligenceBank, Coviu, and LVLY.

“The 2022 Women with Impact Awards celebrate 10 years of ecosystem involvement along with highlighting the significant women-led businesses who have created impact in their respective markets and in the economy,” Cook said.

“We are looking forward to recognising those founders who have built innovative, impactful businesses, including the Unsung Hero who aren’t usually seen.”

Enter the awards here.