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These are the 10 women-led startups in SBE’s new global tech accelerator program

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Women-in-tech-focused startup accelerator SBE Australia has announced the 10 startups led by female founders participating in the new Global Tech program kicking off this week

The program is aimed at high-growth, women-led businesses that are ready to scale internationally.

The 2022 global cohort is:

  • Anna Wright, Co-Founder and CEO, Bindi Maps, Technology for Smart Cities
  • Carly Shamgar, co-founder and CEO, Shouta, a nanogifting app for businesses and individuals.
  • Cate Hull, founder and CEO, FreightExchange, an innovative, international freight solution.
  • Jacquie Garrett, Founder and CEO, GGWP Academy, e-learning and marketplace for gamers.
  • Jeanette Cheah, founder & CEO, Hex, innovation & entrepreneurship edtech.
  • Laura Bell, Founder and CEO, Safe Stack, online security training for rapidly changing businesses.
  • Laura Hall, co-founder and CEO, Helio, an advertising marketplace.
  • Lucinda Hartley and Jessica Christiansen-Franks, co-founders, Neighborlytics – behavioral data analytics to inform urban planning and management.
  • Racheal Greaves, CEO, Castlepoint Systems – enterprise level information and records management.

SBE Australia CEO Nicole Cook said the cohort includes “extraordinary” women who want to make a global impact.

“Making the success of these women possible are those who have gone before them. They continue to impact their businesses, the customers they serve, the communities they support and the economies they grow through their efforts and this is why we exist,” she said.

“It remains our mission to support women who are transforming industries around the world.”

There was strong demand from female founders for the program, something SBE Australian Chairman Kerri Lee Sinclair noted that it was a major transformation from a decade earlier when SBE launched its advisory and accelerator services.

“In 2012, female entrepreneurs were hard to find. We got 8 amazing women to join our first program,” she said.

“The landscape will be very different in 2022. Talented entrepreneurs abound and I can’t wait to see how these 10 women bring their success to the US, Asia and beyond with the expertise and generosity of our network.”

Each entrepreneur in the Global Tech program receives a tailored advisory team of up to six experts to support them. The program will conclude with a Business Showcase pitch event in Sydney for investors and industry experts.

SBE Australia has supported more than 200 female graduates in its Evolve program over the past decade. The 90 involved startups that have raised more than $1 billion in capital, and there have been two public listings and nine exits in Australia since 2012.

SBE does not take equity in the startups it supports.

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