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Elevating Female Founders program opens

River City Labs has launched the Elevating Female Founders Program, an initiative to help Queensland female entrepreneurs make their ideas a reality.

Launched at the Something Tech. festival in Brisbane today, the program is open to twenty Queensland based women founders which will offer an eight-month support program for emerging technology companies featuring structured mentoring, coaching, education skills workshops, industry connections and dedicated Entrepreneur In Residence support along with a 12-month digital membership to River City Labs.

Pauline Fetaui, Director of ACS Innovation Labs, said: “at RCL we want to be the launchpad for emerging tech companies to solve global problems, this program will use River City Labs’ eleven years of experience to help Elevate Female Founders take their businesses to the next level.  The difference in this program is we are meeting the founders where they are with leadership from fellow female founders and Mentors”.

“With this program we’re looking to help female entrepreneurs on their business journey with a mix of cohort-based and one on one support to guide founders to their goals no matter what stage their business is at.  So, if you are at the seed of an idea for a flourishing business, our program can support your journey and we’d love to hear from you.”

The program details and registration links are available at https://rivercitylabs.acs.org.au/programs/elevating-female-founders-program.html.


Entry Criteria:

Applications are open to:

  • Female Founders

  • Must be a resident or have a business registered in Queensland, Australia.

  • Must be a Tech Startup (Tech Startup companies deliver new technology to the market; or disrupt and transform existing products of services with Technology.  Tech Startups have the high potential to grow across Markets).

  • Completed Applications including detail on your idea or business.

  • Ability to attend a Panel Interview (Virtually) once applications close.

  • Ability to dedicate a minimum of 10 hours per week on the program for the first 4 months dedicated support with 10 hours per fortnight for the duration upto 8 months. This does not include working on your business.

  • Ability to travel to Brisbane, Australia twice potentially between July and August 2024.

More about the program:

  • Duration will be 8 months. With the first 4 months structured delivery, with a reduced structure last 4 months.

  • The program will be made up of two streams early-stage companies (Pre-Product) and later stage companies (Post-Product).

  • The program will include:

    • dedicated workshops to enable your goals.

    • Industry connections and mentoring

    • Dedicated Entrepreneur In Residence support (Female Founder Mentors)

  • You will receive access to RCL membership for 12 months starting at Program Start:

    • RCL Member T-shirt

    • All RCL Partner and Digital perks valued up to $280K For example. Discounts and credits Tech Subscriptions, Hosting Services with Tech Partners, CRMs and RCL other Programs and resources.

    • Access to RCL’s Talent Landing Pad Pool of interns and tech professionals

    • Access to RCL’s Mentor Database, where you can book meetings with industry professionals across many domains

    • Access to the CA In-Residence Program, offering members free chartered accountant advisory services

    • Invites to events, learning and networking sessions

    • Referrals into networks and business opportunities

  • All applications will be reviewed and select applicants will be invited to pitch their idea or Startup to a Private Panel online.

  • Applicants can nominate which Pre-Accelerator they are applying for within application.

  • Successful applicants will be invited to the Pre-Accelerator Program they will benefit the most from.

  • Successful Applicants will be notified at least 2 weeks if not earlier prior to the program start date

  • Unsuccessful applicants will be notified prior to the program starting.

  • 20 successful applicants will be part of either an earlier stage or later stage Elevating Female Founders Program for this intake.


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