Springboard Comes to Australia

SYDNEY, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ —

– The Search Is On For the Most Innovative Women-led Companies

U.S.-based NGO Springboard Enterprises has over a decade of experience
introducing the most promising "investment-ready" companies led by women to
investors and corporate partners and today, it launches in Australia.

Springboard: Australia is the first venture forum program for women-led
technology oriented businesses that are seeking investments for product
development and expansion.

The Springboard Forum Program is a community-driven accelerator designed to
fast track the growth of the most promising women-led companies from around the
world.

"Start with access to an international network of trusted entrepreneurs,
investors, and subject matter experts," said Kay Koplovitz, Springboard
co-founder and Chair, "add to that 12 years of expertise in facilitating
quality connections, and you get Springboard: your own Personal Advisory Board.
"We look forward to working with the community in Australia to recruit, coach
and promote the country’s most promising women-led ventures."

Springboard Australia is produced in collaboration with the Australian venture
capital industry, business groups, corporations and universities, and it’s
first sponsor is business advisory firm, Grant Thornton Australia. Other
sponsors are being sought.

"The ability to understand what companies need at a granular level and deliver
the right resources at the right time is critical," said Wendy Simpson,
Chairman of Springboard: Australia.

"The Springboard program brings an expanded network of seasoned entrepreneurs,
investors and industry experts delivering unparalleled support to the companies
we ultimately select for this program."

To be considered, companies wishing to apply must meet certain criteria: 1. A
woman in a key management position holding an equity stake in the company; 2. A
qualified and profitable market opportunity with a clear competitive advantage;
3. A track record of milestone achievement which may include grants, clients,
revenue or "done it before"; and 4. A credible core management team or ability
to attract one. To apply or learn more about how to get involved go to

http://www.springboardenterprises.org/australia

SOURCE: Springboard Enterprises

CONTACT: Wendy Simpson (Comment in Australia), +61-417-413-966, or Joshua
Henderson (Comment in U.S.) +1-202-242-6282, both of Springboard Enterprises