Scholarships open for female entrepreneurs

Luke Keioskie
Tue 26 Jun

Wanted: three female entrepreneurs from ACT and the surrounds who want to ignite their business growth.

The inaugural Rolfe Classic BMW Business Ignition Scholarship is now open and offering a 12-month mentorship.

Inspired by the work done by Jo Burston, Founder and CEO of Inspiring Rare Birds, to support, educate, inspire and celebrate women entrepreneurs.

Rolfe Classic BMW will provide a scholarship to three lucky winners to ignite growth in their business with a 12-month Rare Birds Mentorship.

Rolfe Classic BMW General Manager, Anthony ‘Marty’ Martin, says peer-to-peer platforms such as Inspiring Rare Birds are essential when encouraging women entrepreneurship.

“It gives people an opportunity not only to learn from each other but to network with peers,” Marty says.

“Quite often business can be cutthroat and extremely competitive, so to find a forum where people are genuinely interested in seeing you succeed is a valuable resource.”

The scholarships will allow three women entrepreneurs to set goals, share knowledge, gain exposure and learn based on the experiences of others, which in turn has a positive impact on the functioning on their business.

“These programs allow women entrepreneurs to work with mentors, share concerns and issues about work life balance, financial and organisational issues, risk mitigation and business strategy,” Marty says. 

Winners will receive two hours per month with an expertly matched high calibre mentor, plus a specially created mentee guidebook and resources to ensure they get the most out of the mentorship.

They will also receive access to the Rare Birds mentoring platform where they can set goals, track progress and milestones, access articles, webinars and professional development missions from an exclusive library, and connect with experts in the Rare Birds community.

These scholarships are valued at $1,500 each and applications are now open to all women entrepreneurs in ACT and surrounding areas.

The scholarships will also include panel events hosted by Jo Burston to educate and inspire business women in ACT and surrounds.

“The number of women Founders in the region is growing, and we know that our mentorship program works,” Jo says.

“We’ve had more than 300 women go through the program, who have all reported significant growth, both business and personal. There’s nothing quite like the accountability and confidence that comes from having a mentor.”

Women wishing to apply can do so here.

Applications close 5pm Friday 27 July.