Adelaide Entrepreneurs Dr Michelle Perugini and Kate Henning Announced Recipients of Prized SA Business Scholarships

Entrepreneur Scholarship RecipientsTwo entrepreneurial Adelaide businesswomen Dr Michelle Perugini, Co Founder and Managing Director Life Whisperer Diagnostics, and Kate Henning, Co Founder Smiling Samoyed Brewery, have been announced recipients of behind closed doors (BCD) coveted Entrepreneur scholarship providing 12-months of professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking.

The prized BCD Entrepreneurs scholarship awards two Adelaide Entrepreneurs the opportunity to tap into the considerable business acumen of some of the State’s leading businesswomen to assist with their continued business growth and success.

“BCD is a women’s professional development and peer to peer mentoring company connecting businesswomen nationally, our Entrepreneurs scholarship is undoubtedly one of our most highly-valued and successful initiatives,” BCD Founder and Managing Director, Ms Walford, said.

“BCD’s record shows scholarship recipients obtain enhanced personal and professional skills that contribute to the increased success and sustainability of their business.”

Dr Michelle Perugini is a disruptor in the fertility sector improving IVF outcomes by applying advanced image analysis techniques to the embryo implantation process.

In application for the scholarship Dr Perugini said although she had experienced much during her time as a business owner, she still has room to learn more.

“I find females tend to be modest and shy of their achievements.” Dr Perugini said. “BCD instils a confidence within a protected environment where women do not feel judged.“

“This is an opportunity to meet other like-minded successful women who will likely form part of my critical network.” Dr Perugini said.

The two recipients each receive a 12-month fully funded BCD Entrepreneurs membership valued at more than $5,500. Members are placed into a cohort of fellow female business owners/entrepreneurs to meet for three hours, ten times a year, with a highly accomplished Facilitator and Program Director.

Kate Henning left a successful corporate career as a Lawyer when she co-founded Smiling Samoyed Brewery with her husband Simon in 2012. Every drop of beer is made and packaged at Myponga where the brewery now employs some 19 staff.2017 Adelaide Entrepreneur Scholarship Winners

In application for the scholarship Ms Henning described the upcoming growth the bus
iness is experiencing and the value a membership would offer her.
“This is the ideal timing to have the support of a group of other entrepreneurs as growth and change are always a time that are difficult in business (and in life) and the more support and advice that can be called on the better.” Ms Henning said.

Two runners up BCD Entrepreneur scholarships, each providing an hour of mentoring, were awarded to Fiona Dorman and Kirsty Chapman-Smith.

Following the receipt of an Australian Government Grant, BCD in 2017 has doubled its scholarship offering with a matching Grant now in place. Some 30 scholarships are being awarded across Australia to provide opportunities for professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking for women in business.

As well as BCD funded scholarships, many organisations also choose to run internal company scholarships in providing opportunities for their female leaders.


Issued by: Penny Reidy, behind closed doors, 0401 349 791 penny@behindcloseddoors.com

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