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Published 13 February 2013 12:04, Updated 10 April 2013 07:32
Georgia Beattie of Single Serve Packaging is one of the inaugural Springboard Australia participants. Arsineh Houspian
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The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has announced the names of the eight businesswomen selected for the inaugural Australian Springboard program for female entrepreneurs.
Moore hosted an event in Sydney on Tuesday evening to honour Springboard and reveal the identity of the entrepreneurs involved.
As reported in BRW on Monday, the entrepreneurs come from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and their start-ups have a strong technological flavour.
The final eight were selected from 56 formal applications and put through two rounds of telephone panel interviews.
Samantha Cobb, founder of biotech company AdAlta
Melanie Perkins of consumer technology company Canva
Tessa Court, founder of cloud computing company IntelligenceBank
Georgia Beattie, founder of wine product company Single Serve Packaging
Natasha Rawlings of mobile marketing company StreetHawk
Deb Noller, founder of Switch Automation
Vanessa Wilson, founder of cloud computing company Triplebackup
Fiona Waterhouse from clean tech company Utilitas
On Tuesday, before the mayoral function, the businesswomen spent the day in “boot camp”, meeting visiting US venture capitalists and angel investors.
While some might seal funding as a result of the networking, all of them received coaching and left the day with a “personal advisory board”.
Springboard has operated in the US since 1999 and came to Australia at the instigation of Wendy Simpson, now chairman of Springboard Enterprises Australia.