Female SME business owners need to think beyond the million-dollar mark says leading business academy
Australia, 15 June 2017: Top SME business growth program, Acceler8 Academy is expanding from its Brisbane base into Sydney and Melbourne, following its success in helping over 200 Australian female founders turn around their businesses.
Founded by award winning serial entrepreneur Tanya Titman, Acceler8 Academy is a 12-month program designed to educate, inspire and empower women to grow and scale their businesses.
“Women have a powerful track-record in creating and leading SME businesses in Australia,” said Ms Titman. “Their main challenge is that they lack the confidence to think about growing and scaling a business beyond the imaginary financial ceiling of a million dollars. We know through our work with hundreds of SME’s in this category that there is boundless potential for women to lead multi-million dollar businesses in Australia. They just need the tools, the confidence, and the support of a strong leadership network to achieve this kind of growth.”
The Acceler8 program tackles eight key areas of business success including: identifying business goals; financial and cashflow management; pricing, growth and marketing strategy; funding options; and succession planning for those looking to exit their business venture in the future.
The program promises participants a minimum 30 percent lift in profit over the 12-months. Online courses allow self-paced learning with the face-to-face programs offering a personal yet disciplined approach to business improvement. The next Brisbane Acceler8 Academy program will start in July 2017, with the inaugural Sydney and Melbourne programs commencing later this year.
With more than two decades accounting and business experience, Ms Titman is the founder of SME accounting practice Consolid8 – Xero’s 2016 national Accounting Partner of the Year. Acceler8 is anchored around improving financial literacy, a key component in enabling business scale and security. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that more than 60 percent of small businesses cease operation within the first three years of operation.
Speaking on Acceler8’s state roll-out, Ms Titman said: “Expanding the Acceler8 Academy across two more cities is really exciting for myself and the team, as we often have outreach from ladies located in Sydney and Melbourne who desperately need our support. Now we can provide personal and bespoke business support and expertise to female founders in these cities.
“The key difference with the Acceler8 course is that we drill down into the numbers and teach women how to understand their businesses financial information. It’s critical to make informed, strategic decisions based upon a clear understanding of your true financial position, and not by a ‘gut feeling’ or how much money is in your bank account.
“Our mission with Acceler8 is to increase the confidence of women in business and ensure they have a strategic plan for growth. The statistics show that female founders in Australia are growing slowly but steadily, but are still hugely underrepresented. And it’s crucial for Australia’s economy that we do more to support women at a founder level, as it was recently reported by venture firm First Round that companies with a female founder performed 63 percent better than their investments with an all-male founding team,” added Ms Titman.
For more information visit: http://acceler8program.com.au
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About Acceler8 Academy:
Acceler8 Academy is for women who want to improve their financial literacy and accelerate their business growth. The 12-month program is designed exclusively for women in business. Delivered by Tanya Titman and her team of specialists, the program is guaranteed to deliver a 30 per cent improvement in your profits over the 12 months, with a mission to ensure women have more money, more time and less stress in their life. For more information: http://acceler8program.com.au
About Tanya Titman:
Tanya Titman is a passionate advocate for empowering female business owners with the ‘knowledge of the numbers’ and using this information to create high growth, sustainable business models. Her focus is on providing ‘real world’ advice and her experience comes from being involved in many successful businesses over the last 20 years.
With a focus on innovation and technology, Tanya is the founder of accountancy firm Consolid8 and assists many businesses in their transition to the cloud. Consolid8 was awarded as a finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Awards and is widely recognised for its innovation in providing benchmarking and accounting solutions for franchisees.
As a mother of 4 young children, Tanya is passionate about empowering women in business through her Acceler8 Academy. Through this program, Tanya has witnessed the power that numbers can have in changing women’s lives for the better. For more information: http://acceler8program.com.au/team/
Girl Geek Academy opens up #SheHacks to corporate Australia
Building bridges: 10 companies invited to submit their cross-company teams
Australia, 9 June 2017: Australia’s Girl Geek Academy has announced a first of its kind corporate program for its #SheHacks initiative – the world’s largest all-women hackathon dedicated to bringing women together and creating more technology businesses in the state.
Ten Australian corporates now have the opportunity to submit a team of three women from across their organisation: one hacker, one hustler, and one hipster – providing corporates with the opportunity to connect women who may work across different departments and increase the camaraderie of their female employees.
Sarah Moran, Co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy said: “Women techies can often be hugely underrepresented within corporate Australia’s technology departments. #SheHacks will help connect these women with other female colleagues across the business – perhaps a talented marketer and salesperson – helping to boost corporate morale while generating a sense of intrapreneurship to take back to their organisation.”
Last year’s #SheHacks event trialed the corporate initiative with a team from Deloitte. The success of the pilot inspired Girl Geek Academy to open up the opportunity to ten corporate teams in 2017.
Peter Williams, CEO, Deloitte – Centre for the Edge, said: “Deloitte has sponsored this event as it fits squarely with our values of diversity, empowerment of women and innovation. #SheHacks has given women in our teams the opportunity to showcase both internally and externally what they are capable of.”
This year #SheHacks will see over 200 women come together at Melbourne’s The Dream Factory on July 14-16. The event will only be accepting ten corporate teams, each provided with their own office space to brand with company visuals for the weekend experience. The corporate event package includes pre-event online training, the weekend event (including all catering and activities), professional photography of teams at the event, and eight weeks of mentoring after the event to ensure the teams succeed.
Much more than a weekend event, #SheHacks is dedicated to sustaining the outcomes of the hackathon with various touchpoints throughout the year. Pre-event bootcamps have taken place across Melbourne City and the regional suburbs of Warragul, Warnambool and Bendigo, to prepare women for the main hackathon weekend. Following this, a dedicated program designed to support participants in further developing their MVP will be actioned to ensure tangible outcomes.
Ms Moran continued: “#SheHacks is unlike regular hackathons as it starts with an assembled team rather than team recruitment based on pitches. This year’s event will host university teams and individual teams, alongside the ten corporate teams. The initiative will showcase Victoria as the best place in the world for a woman to join a startup.”
The #SheHacks program initially launched as a highly successful pilot in 2014, at the Inspire9 co-working facility in Victoria. #SheHacks will be the first statewide program at large scale.
For more information please visit: https://shehacks.com.au
About Girl Geek Academy:
Girl Geek Academy was founded by five skilled female digital professionals who want to increase the number of women with successful STEM careers. The team work to see an increase of women in tech, women in games, women who make, female designers and female founders. Initiatives include coding and hackathons, 3D printing and wearables, game development, design, entrepreneurship and startups.
Girl Geek Academy also works with teachers, schools, corporates and startups to increase the number of women with professional technical and entrepreneurial skills.