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Scholarships to help Rare Birds find their wings

HerCanberra Team

Inspiring Rare Birds, a global hub supporting aspiring female entrepreneurs, yesterday announced support from the Australian Government to provide funding for 100 mentoring scholarships to women business owners in traditionally under-served demographics.

The scholarships will provide high calibre mentors to help women grow their business and be successful entrepreneurs.

Funded under the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy, the scholarships are aimed at female business owners in regional areas; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds including migrants and refugees, and women from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Inspiring Rare Birds Founder and CEO Jo Burston praised Minister for Women Michaelia Cash for her support through the partnership.

“We’re pleased that Minister Cash has been so supportive of the Inspiring Rare Birds scholarship through this funding announcement.”

Founder of Rare Birds, Jo Burston

Founder of Rare Birds, Jo Burston

Minister Cash said the Turnbull Government is committed to increasing women’s participation in the economy.

“The Government understands that when women are economically empowered they have choices. It means they are better able to look after themselves and their families,” Minister Cash said.

“I hope these scholarships will assist women, who are working hard to create a better life, take their businesses to the next level. I look forward to seeing the progress of the successful recipients.”

Jo Burston said mentoring is a proven form of real-time learning through the transfer of know-how, experience and wisdom.

“Engaging in a mentorship with an experienced mentor is an invaluable experience, where mentees receive qualitative and subjective counselling enabling them to better achieve their goals and better realise their potential.

“This program is not only good for female entrepreneurs; it’s good for the economy. By helping women to financially empower themselves through successful business ownership, they are generating greater economic prosperity for themselves and society. This helps grow regional economies and provides further opportunities for employment in Australian businesses,”  Jo Burston said.

Applicants for the scholarships will be assessed by a panel of prominent Australian CEOs, entrepreneurs and civil society leaders. The panel includes Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley, Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane and CEO of Slingshot, Karen Lawson.

Applications for the scholarships close Sunday 30 July 2017 and applications can be made via the Rare Birds website

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