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Are you an entrepreneur, business or industry leader, investor or educator?  Join the Back Yourself! US Tour, our Female Innovator Immersion Program where we’ll visit the most notorious innovation hotspots in the US, create connections, network with key (female) gurus in the startup world and learn from the greats who’ve made it work. 

On October 28th, we’ll travel from Austin, Texas to the Silicon Valley, San Francisco. This exciting opportunity is tailored to your goals as a woman in the startup world – before we leave, we’ll make sure you understand your business, your challenges and your vision.

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Why San Francisco?

Home to the ultimate innovation ecosystem and companies like Salesforce, Lyft and Google, the world’s largest pool of Venture Capital and the world’s best accelerator, San Francisco offers plenty of opportunity to meet and interact with the minds behind the world’s most innovative companies.







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There’s more to Austin than hot sauce

Austin is the fastest growing city in the United States, and its vibrant hive of home-grown startups is growing quickly along with it. We’ll visit the satelline operations of large tech companies including Facebook, Atlassian and Amazon, to give you the chance to fully immerse yourself in high-flying business culture.




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Meet Julie Demsey, your new startup sidekick

We’re excited to announce that the tour will be led by innovator and educator, Julie Demsey. Julie’s a Silicon Valley veteran who’s spent 20 years founding companies, growing startups and mastering the art of leading large teams. Her most recent role is GM at SBE Australia, an organisation that supports female entrepreneurs in growing and scaling their businesses.




We caught up with Julie to hear about her unique contribution to the Back Yourself! program.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Flinders NVI to take a group of female entrepreneurs and supporters over to Austin and San Francisco/Silicon Valley,” says Julie.

“This is such a great opportunity for us all to learn and grow together. Making the investment in yourself to join this mission will pay off in spades personally and professionally in the business you are in today, and any you might be in for years to come.”

The Back Yourself! US Tour gives participants the opportunity to come together and visit an ecosystem more expansive than our own in Australia. Group members will meet, interact with and learn from people who have successfully grown and/or work with businesses similar to yours. There is nothing better than getting the chance to ask questions from those who have gone before you and learn lessons that you can apply to your own business.

Could you go and do this on your own? Yes, of course. But participating in this group trip will be so much richer.

  • We’ll set up group meetings with individuals and companies you wouldn’t likely to get access to on your own.
  • We’ll meet with you beforehand to learn what’s needed in your business and do our best to ensure that the program is tailored to meet your needs.
  • W’ll leave you some free time for you to schedule individual meetings for your business and where possible, help you make connections to get meetings.
  • Most importantly, we’ll be guiding you along the way to help ensure you’re really digesting what’s being shared so that you can apply it directly to your business for maximum impact.

Julie’s a great believer in the opportunities that can come from working in a group while supporting one another. “This is a great time to meet and bond with likeminded women who are in similar circumstances. It helps to share these experiences, as the life of a startup founder can often times feel somewhat solitary!”

And it doesn’t stop when the trip ends… Julie will hold a follow on session when the group returns to Australia, to ensure everything that was learnt on the trip is incorporated into each business.

“My guess is that this will become a close knit group that will become your greatest support network,” says Julie.

“I like to say ‘It takes a village to raise a founder and her startup; and this program will provide you with an important part of your village that will last far into the future! I can’t wait to go on this journey with you.”

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Ready to jump in and make this decision for you and your business? Register for the Back Yourself! Immersion Tour today.

Applications close to join our group on October 11. We only have a couple of spots left, so apply now and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, you don’t have to identify as a female to join the trip, everyone is welcome. As long as you have a business that aligns with the female founders we’ll visit, as we want you to get the most value out of the trip as you can!


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