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Springboard Showcases Australia’s Most Promising High Growth Women-led Companies



Wendy Simpson OAM                                                        Karen Paterson

Springboard Enterprises Australia                                          The Boson Group Pty Ltd

+61 2 8231 7082 and +61 417 413 9661                            +61 414 464 256

wendy.simpson@wengeo.com                                          karen@bosongroup.biz              

Springboard Showcases Australia’s Most Promising High Growth Women-led Companies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 15 FEBRUARY 2013: Eight of Australia’s most innovative women-led businesses were invited to take part in the very first Springboard Enterprises accelerator program in Australia, this week.

The companies participating cover a range of industry sectors and are led by a group of talented women innovators are:

  • Samantha Cobb, CEO, AdAlta, life science
  • Melanie Perkins, CEO, Canva, digital design software
  • Tessa Court, CEO, IntelligenceBank, cloud support products and services
  • Georgia Beattie, CEO, Single Serve, product marketing innovation
  • Natasha Rawlings, CEO, StreetHawk, retail location marketing software
  • Deborah Noller, CEO, Switch Automation, enterprise/cloud
  • Vanessa Wilson, CEO, Triplebackup, backup and cloud security/protection
  • Fiona Waterhouse, CEO Utilitas, biogas production

“These eight women lead the most promising high-growth potential companies in Australia. Now part of the global Springboard expert network, we believe they will serve as a catalyst for other Australian women entrepreneurs who have the vision to build billion dollar businesses,” said Kay Koplovitz, Founder and Chairman of Springboard Enterprises.

Wendy Simpson, founder and chairman of Springboard Australia said: “Australia’s business environment, the number of women running businesses, and Australian’s innovative approach to solving problems provided the right mix for our expansion of the Springboard Enterprises network to Australia.” 

“Springboard's track record is unmatched. Since January 2000, they helped 509 women-led companies raise more than US$5.6 billion in equity financing, including 10 IPOs, and legions of high value M&As. We look forward to working with our eight Australian Springboard companies and connecting them with this impressive and vast global network of experts,” said Wendy Simpson.

Springboard Australia 2013 is produced in collaboration with the Australian venture
capital industry, business groups, leading corporations and universities and is sponsored by Grant Thornton, Westpac, Bloomberg and Kemp Strang. 

About Springboard Enterprises

Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where influencers, investors and innovators meet to help women build ‘big businesses starting small’. This is Australia's first accelerator program designed exclusively for investment-ready, women-led companies. Springboard sources, coaches, showcases and supports growth companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion. In the US, over 500 women-led companies have gone through Springboard's accelerator programs; they have raised more than $5.6 billion in financing, have created tens of thousands of new jobs, and generate billions of dollars in annual revenues. More than 80% of Springboard companies are still in business, including 10 IPOs and many that are now the technology engines of publicly traded companies.