Melbourne Entrepreneur Scholarship

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BCD will award 2 x 12-month fully funded memberships to BCD Entrepreneurs

The behind closed doors Entrepreneurs membership was created in response to a need for female business owners and entrepreneurs to have a support network where they can discuss strategies, issues and challenges in a totally confidential environment, while at the same time encourage each other to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in their business ventures.

The membership aims to:

  • Deliver practical management and leadership sessions to generate more effective business owners and leaders.
  • Provide a confidential business owner’s support network.
  • Expand and broaden networks and business relationships.
  • Extend individuals personally and professionally.
  • Encourage and support members to nominate for Board and committee positions.
  • Mentor peers to accept greater business challenges.
  • Assist members to participate in awards programs such as the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
  • Increase the expertise of female business owners and entrepreneurs.

What will the Scholarship winner receive?

The Scholarship winner will receive a 12-month membership to behind closed doors Entrepreneurs. Groups meet 10 times a year for a three-hour session at a Boardroom located on the premises of one of our supporters.  As a bcd Entrepreneur you will also receive:

  • Automatic inclusion into the BoardDirect register
  • Access to a select executive and business owners women’s network.
  • Professional and personal development in a stimulating environment.
  • Exposure and introductions to senior people in business and government.
  • Private sessions with local identities and guest speakers.
  • Opportunities to discuss strategies, issues and challenges in a supportive women’s forum.
  • Invitations to quarterly Businesswomen’s Connexions (network) functions.
  • Opportunities for Board Directorships.
  • Mentoring with a behind closed doors Executive group member.


behind closed doors Entrepreneurs is designed for female business owners and entrepreneurs who are leading a team of employees. To be eligible you must currently own and operate a small to medium size business, with a minimum turnover of $250,000 per annum, and can demonstrate:

  • Entrepreneurship and leadership ability
  • Why the scholarship will benefit you
  • How the scholarship will benefit your business


Applications closed:  Monday 28 August @ 5pm


If you know someone that would benefit from a behind closed doors membership, why not nominate them today.

To nominate a business woman for a behind closed doors scholarship, please email the following four items to Please title your email Melbourne Entrepreneur Scholarship Nomination.

  • Name of the business woman you are nominating
  • Their Title/Company Name
  • Their Business contact details, including email and telephone number
  • Your name and contact details

We will let them know they have been nominated and request them to complete an application.

Finalist Interviews

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their eligibility to a panel of judges. Finalists interviews will take place in Melbourne CBD in early September 2017.


The two winners of the behind closed doors Melbourne Entrepreneurs scholarships will be announced publicly at a behind closed door Connexions event on the evening of Thursday 9 November 2017 between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

The winner must be:

  • Open to receiving publicity for winning the Scholarship
  • Available for finalist interviews
  • Available to commence the behind closed doors Entrepreneurs scholarship in 2017.

Key Dates

  • Applications Close: 5pm Monday 28 August 2017
  • Finalist Judging: TBC early September
  • Winner Announcement: 5:30 – 7:30pm Thursday 9 November 2017


Kristy Ashton, behind closed doors

For scholarship enquiries, please contact Kristy Ashton, behind closed doors Scholarship Manager on 08 8333 4303 or email

For enquiries of how you can obtain an Entrepreneurs membership, please contact behind closed doors on 08 8333 4303 or email

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