A leap of faith from the entrepreneur, who walked away from a successful 14-year corporate career in the travel industry, has enabled Marie Sulda the opportunity to tap into the minds of some of the State’s most influential women.
Announcing the results at BCD’s quarterly Connexions event last night (September 13, 2016), Founder and Managing Director of the leading women’s professional development and mentoring company, Donny Walford, said Ms Sulda was a worthy winner of the 12-month scholarship valued at over $5,500.
“While the Entrepreneur Scholarship, undoubtedly one of BCD’s most highly-valued and successful initiatives, attracted an impressive list of applicants, the judges felt that Marie was a clear winner with her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to disrupt the travel industry.”
Adelaide female entrepreneurs and business owners were invited to submit a written application in order to be shortlisted to face-to-face interviews with a three-person judging panel. Judges were seeking not to award Adelaide’s best Entrepreneur, but to find an Entrepreneur who would benefit most from the scholarship, and membership of behind closed doors.
Marie Sulda, who left a successful corporate career just 12 months ago to pursue her business idea to be a mobile travel agency franchiser, presented herself to the judging panel as the quintessential entrepreneur with the unwavering belief in her business idea.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunities that this scholarship will bring.” Marie Sulda, Director Kaleidoscopic Travel, said. ”As a start-up business I am looking forward to the support and lessons that being part of the behind closed doors Entrepreneurs membership will bring.”
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 environments.
Ms Walford said the membership provides an opportunity for Entrepreneurs to be held accountable within their business and aims at increasing the success of female entrepreneurs in a supportive yet challenging environment.
“History tells us that our scholarship winners emerge with enhanced personal and professional skills that, applied to their business, invariably contribute to the increased success and sustainability of their business venture.”
As winner of the fifth consecutive Adelaide Entrepreneurs Scholarship, Ms Sulda receives a 12-month membership valued at more than $5,500.
Ms Sulda joins prestigious alumni of Scholarship recipients who include Anna Dimond, CEO & Designer Palas Jewellery, Belinda Jennings, Founder and CEO of Mum Central, Jeanette Long, Director of Ag Consulting Co and Nicole Nott, Managing Director Sitemed.
The runner up for the 2016 scholarship was awarded to Alyson Garret, CMS Private Advisory Chartered Accountants. Elena Fernandez, J GLAZING Pty Ltd and Kim Shorland, Harcourts Adelaide Hills, were also finalists.
For more information about behind closed doors please visit www.behindcloseddoors.com
For more information about Kaleidoscopic Travel please visit www.kaleidoscopictravel.com.au
Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 0401 349 791 or firstname.lastname@example.org