The Women’s Business School Scholarship Program provides opportunities for innovative female founders to scale their start-up, connect with fellow founders and gain advice and guidance from successful entrepreneurs and experts.
Since 2009, we’ve been connecting new and emerging founders with experienced, high-level entrepreneurs. We’ve focused on developing an incredibly supportive, inclusive, generous and uplifting community, who help each other to gain new referrals, avoid mistakes, solve problems and scale their business.
You’ll discover a community of entrepreneurs to guide you, support you, travel with you and help you to navigate your business journey. We are proud to have over 250 graduates of The Women’s Business School programs and our alumni companies include Dinner on the Table, Serenity Press, Native Secrets, Expressions Australia, Helpful Love, Sydney Flower School, Tree Hut Village, puctto, Jellystone Designs and many more!
Our 2019 program will accept 30 female founder into a structured six month program designed by women for women featuring flexible and time efficient learning.
WORLD-CLASS EXPERTS The program offers unique access to high-potential entrepreneurs and the world’s best female start-up experts as mentors and teachers and leaders
Our educators have technical, personal and business experience and work as mentors to guide, encourage and support the participating teams to navigate international expansion. Each month founders learn from a new module topic and focus on applying the knowledge and learnings directly to their start-ups and scale-ups.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING Training is delivered online through masterclasses, one-on-one coaching, entrepreneur interviews, learning from peer success examples, a rigorous set reading programme, assessment tasks and Q & A s&ssions with successful female entrepreneurs. Content is livestreamed and also recorded to maximise participation and inclusion.
ONE DAY ACTION PLAN MASTERCLASS The program begins with a one day conference in choice of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. At this very special masterclass you will set your milestones for the next 12 months and create a targeted and specific action plan to scale your start-up, this is also a chance to network with the other accelerator participants and mentors.
6 MONTH STRUCTURED INCUBATOR PROGRAM 6 month structured program with 6 key modules covering all verticals of business
LIVE GROUP POWER CIRCLE CALLS Connect with your fellow founders on a facilitated group coaching call, you’ll have the chance to learn more about the focus topic of the month, ask questions, seek guidance, process ideas and get the support you need right now.
MONTHLY WORKSHOPS Special guest speakers will join us for monthly online masterclasses. You’ll have the opportunity to take part by asking questions and hearing their inspirational stories, the challenges they’ve overcome and the strategies that have helped make them so successful in business.
DEMO DAY As an ACCELERATE founder you will attend a 2 day national conference, be featured as a special guest speaker, pitch your idea and share your story with an audience of 350 invited guests and potential investors.
MENTORING Founders will be matched with mentors form their industry for a series of one on one and group mentoring sessions.
PROGRESS CALLS Founder will work one on one with the program facilitator to check-in and keep you on track to reach your goals
SUCCESS SECRET VIDEOS FROM SUCCESSFUL FEMALE FOUNDERS The Success Secrets Series features accomplished women sharing their industry insider tips, strategies and stories to help you grow your business.
Accelerate Program 6 month accelerator program For scale-ups and established ventures The ACCELERATE Program has been specially created for teams and founders with global ambitions and women ready to be the future business leaders of Australia. This unique accelerator program offers founders the opportunity to scale their business, refine their systems, build their profile, leverage PR opportunities, boost profitability, expand to new markets, seek capital and raise their personal profile. As an ACCELERATE founder you will attend a 2 day national conference, be featured as a special guest speaker and share your story with an audience of 350 invited guests. We don’t take your equity or lock you in. We offer connection and guided, flexible learning at your own pace, anywhere, anytime. ACCELERATE your ideas, be seen, go global, scale up and live the life you have been dreaming of. READ MORE
6 month incubator program
For start-ups and pre-launch ventures
Are you ready to create the business you’ve been dreaming of? The Women’s Business School IGNITE incubator Program is perfect for you! The IGNITE program has been specially created for women-led start-ups. A dedicated 6 month incubator program that will teach you the steps to develop your business idea, practical steps for how to write a comprehensive strategic action plan, proven strategies for scaling your business through sales, marketing and social media, as well as mastering your finances and learning how to work in flow!
Unlike other incubators we won’t take your equity or force you to spend 40 hours a week in a co-working space. We offer flexible learning at your own pace, anywhere, anytime.
IGNITE your ideas, kickstart your start-up, fine tune your existing business or make your dream business become a reality.
WHY WE SUPPORT WOMEN
We’re passionate about supporting women to follow their dreams and we’re getting behind established and growing women-led comapanies with full and matched funding scholarships for the 2019 intake of the IGNITE and ACCELERATE program.
We believe empowering women to realise their potential is the most powerful way to change the world.
We’re proud to be investing in the future by providing opportunities for ambitious women to follow their business dreams.
‘When I began to embark on the journey to start my own business I was so overwhelmed with where to begin. There is so much information out there to help but how do I find the time to research while looking after 2 kids and still working. When I came across a Facebook ad introducing the Women’s Business School I had a ”oh my” moment.When I looked further into it I could not believe what the course described, its values and its modules. I was so excited because it had a module that taught you ”Time Management” around your business and your family. That’s when I had another moment and realised that this was meant to be. I have no regrets and I have learnt all the essential key components to setting up, running and sustaining my business.The support factor astounds me and I’ve made life long friends along the way too. This is not only a school it is a community, one that understands you not only as a student but as a mother, wife and entrepreneur’. Thank you for supporting me and showing me the skills to go one step further and be a entrepreneur’.
Mandy Benn, Graduate of The Women’s Business School
We’re looking for the next generation of leaders. Women who are ambitious, focused and determined to change the world through their innovative ideas.
The Ingite program is a virtual incubator program for women who are pre-launch to 3 years in busines
The Accelerate program is a virtual accelerator program for women in business with companies which are 3 - 10 years in operation
Candidates who meet any of the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply: • Product innovation • Tech, apps and Digital innovation • Making a difference and social enterprise • Innovative service providers • Medicine, health and wellness • E-commerce and online retail
Applications are due by SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2019
If you have any questions about the program or you’re having trouble submitting the form please email your responses directly to KELLIE@thewomensbusinessschool.com
Full scholarship provides 100% of the course content cost. A matched funding scholarship provides 50% of the fee for the program and the recipient must pay the remaining 50%. On payment this scholarship includes full access to the program including the masterclass day and demo day where relevant but does not include any associated expenses eg flights, accommodation etc.
The Women’s Business School launched in 2016 with a mission to provide accessible and relevant education for women entrepreneurs serious about scaling their startups and scaleups after recognising a gap in the market for dedicated education for female founders. Over 250 startups have completed The Women’s Business School programs since June 2016. Here are some examples of the outcomes experienced by the female founders, bringing new-to-world innovative ideas that have been supported through WBS programs: COMPANY A • Been accepted into the ICON Accelerator Program (Slingshot) • Expanded national partnerships with Jim’s Group and Woolworths • Secured 25k investment. • Won a $3000 grant through the University of Newcastle. • Won a national award - Australian Small Business Champion Award 2018 for New Business COMPANY B • Created an investment ready corporate structure • Created a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) • Organised Australian Innovative Patent and Trademarks • Talking to investors for a seed round • Talking to people in fashion from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore • Selected as one of 17 organisations in NSW to undertake the Dept of Industry Youth Employment Innovation Challenge • Successfully secured a service agreement with NSW Government COMPANY C • Entered new markets within Australia, with plans to be a national service within 5 years • Expecting 50% growth in the next 12 months • Implemented online training for new staff members • Identified a new demographic for staffing candidates • Formed 2 partnerships with major associations in Victoria. One of these partnerships is expected to contribute to 25% growth in employees and 30% growth in revenue COMPANY D • Doubled annual turnover for 2017/2018 and on track to double again for 2018/2019 • Developed strong connections with high profile clients in the US, UK and Ireland • Increased employees with 4 new team members • Launched a print magazine and partnered with isubcribe for the digital version • Increased national and international retreat events • Have sold 5x more products in past 12 months
COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Empowering all women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. Statistics show that women, particularly women from indigenous and multicultural backgrounds, and those based in rural, regional and remote locations, don’t participate in incubators and accelerators at the same rates as men.
We are committed to ensuring that women from a diverse range of backgrounds have access to world-class education, peer connectivity, mentoring and support in a professionally challenging but safe and welcoming environment. The Women’s Business School is committed to having an impact on diversity in entrepreneurship through leadership on this important issue and actively providing the right conditions, support and opportunities for all women to succeed and reach their full potential.
We’re passionate about empowering, inspiring and educating women to create a life that really works for them through entrepreneurship. A life that allows women to have the financial freedom, flexibility, family time, creativity and success they deserve. Our programs have been designed to give you the practical tools to scale your start-up and focus on the unique strengths, creativity and passion that you bring so you not only survive but thrive!
We believe you have the power to change your life and create the success you know you have the potential of achieving.
Are you ready to make it happen?