“We are delighted to partner with The Warren Centre to support women as they embark on their own unique entrepreneurship journey,” says Rare Birds Founder and serial entrepreneur, Jo Burston, about the new partnership with The Warren Centre’s Inclusion2 (Inclusion Squared).
“Too often women are discouraged by a lack of very early stage information that lets them develop their entrepreneurial business step-by-step. Incubator and accelerator options are useful but can be daunting if you are still developing your ideas,” said Ms Burston.
Warren Centre Program Director Alex Harrington says the Inclusion2 program will provide information on starting and building a business with links to professional services and advice. “This partnership with Rare Birds will provide an essential support pathway for women to continue on their journey,” says Ms Harrington.
The Inclusion2 program is a unique three-tiered approach to support women at every stage of their career development. The first tier is a series of videos from women at university sharing their STEM journey to inspire the girls at school. The second part of the program is a one-day Entrepreneurship 101 course for women of all ages. All participants will gain ongoing mentoring and development support through the Rare Birds program. The third element of the program will engage with a number of female professionals in all sectors and at different stages of their career to identify insights and strategies to support gender diversity.
The World Economic Forum Global Gender Equity Report 2017 released on 4 November, ranks Australia 56 out of 144 countries for labour force participation and 62nd for wage equality.
“Australia could be doing better, and we are thrilled to be working with Rare Birds to deliver strategies that support women and contribute to a fully inclusive economy,” says Ms Harrington.
About The Warren Centre
The Warren Centre brings industry, government and academia together to create thought leadership in engineering, technology, and innovation. They constantly challenge the economic, legal, environmental, social and political issues surrounding innovation and technology.
At the Warren Centre they leap ahead of what people are thinking about today and move to where technology is taking us. They have over 30 years’ experience of driving these conversations through projects, promotion, and independent advice, which in turn has helped drive entrepreneurship and economic growth.
The Warren Centre promotes excellence in innovation through delivering collaborative projects, supporting and recognising innovators across the profession, and providing independent advice to government and industry.