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Rare Birds’ Federally-Funded Business Scholarship Program – as Featured in Smart Company and Dynamic Business

Australia’s media have started to pick up and run the news about the 90 women who are on our Business Scholarship Program.

In Smart Company, editor Eloise Keating interviews Kara Cooper, founder of Mount Vic and Me. As Eloise describes it, Kara was scrolling through Facebook one evening when she came across an ad for the program.

‘The New South Wales business owner almost didn’t apply. She was away from her home in the Blue Mountains, on a last-minute road trip to Broken Hill with her family. The internet wasn’t working well, and she’d never had much luck when it came to winning opportunities like this.

‘But after months of trying to keep going through devastating bushfires, floods and the coronavirus, and “feeling so funny about business”, the founder of design business Mount Vic and Me gave it a shot.’  Read the full article here.

The quality and importance of the mentors on the program was also picked up by Dynamic Business Magazine. In particular, the article focused on the perspectives of the mentors who are now on the program, quoting Penny Burtt, CEO AsiaLink, who said: “Supporting women SME owners, entrepreneurs and startups around Australia is the right thing to do and vital for our economic recovery”, and Corrina Bertram, Partner and Board member of KPMG Australia: “Coming from a regional background myself, I am passionate about creating a level playing field of opportunity for women – regardless of where they come from.” Read the full article here.