Founder and CEO of Mum Central, Australian Baby Bargains and Mum’s Pantry, Belinda Jennings is the winner of the 2015 Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) Adelaide Entrepreneurs Scholarship.
Ms Jennings launched Adelaide Baby Bargains five years ago as a new first-time mum, and using her sales and marketing experience rapidly grew the business, revolutionising the way parents buy and sell children’s products online.
Ms Jennings will look to use the scholarship to open new doors, tap into the minds of some of Adelaide’s most influential leaders and push the boundaries to assist in growing her business.
Announcing the results at BCD’s quarterly Connexions event last night (September 8, 2015), the Founder and Managing Director of the leading business women’s professional development and mentoring company Donny Walford said Ms Jennings was a worthy winner of the 12-month scholarship, valued at over $5,500.
“While the scholarship attracted an impressive array of applicants, the judges felt that Belinda was the standout winner and her passion for her business and entrepreneurial spirit was nothing short of inspirational.
“Belinda has a very clear vision for the future direction of her business and has a passion to inspire and connect with people.
“BCDs Entrepreneurs program will provide Belinda with a professional sounding board and support network where she can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encourage other members to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments,” Ms Walford said.
Ms Jennings believes the BCD Entrepreneurs membership will assist her seek out support and ideas to extend herself personally and professionally.
“I’m actively seeking an opportunity to connect into a safe, secure and empowering network that can assist me on my entrepreneurial journey, and access mentors that will help me continue my growth and development as a business leader,” she said.
Runners-up for the scholarship were Marissa Schulze, Managing Director of Rise High Financial Solutions and Sarah Gun, Owner of GOGO Events.