Two business school students have been awarded an inaugural entrepreneur scholarship to study an MBA and tackle gender imbalance in the start-up sector.
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) postgraduate business students Sophie Ritchie and Elaine Nasr will receive $25,000 as part of the UTS Women in Entrepreneurship Scholarship gong.
Continuing the momentum of UTS’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy rollout, the entrepreneur scholarship supports female entrepreneurs in undertaking a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship or the Executive Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from mid-2021 at the UTS Business School.
“The scholarship will act as a crucial catalyst in helping me achieve my educational and professional goals – both in my current role at UTS Rapido, and in entrepreneurial ventures in the future,” Sophie said.
“The support…will allow me to pursue my dreams in building a purposeful business that teaches Australian children STEM-based subjects through play,” Elaine said.
“The scholarship will also assist me with continuing my MBAe studies, where I am learning how to build a strong business foundation that can scale with impact.”
The MBA entrepreneur scholarship was made possible by the philanthropic support of UTS alumnus Ajay Bhatia, Managing Director at Carsales Australia.
“Both Elaine and Sophie have the drive, talent and passion to build a great business,” Mr Bhatia said.
“Further, they are both committed to continuing to invest in the cause. I am delighted that we have found such talented candidates for the scholarship. I wish for of them all the best for the MBAe program and for their ventures.”
The UTS EMBA in Entrepreneurship is specifically designed for entrepreneurs and innovators, with a focus on developing best practice knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation management.
The goal is for students learn how to identify and commercialise opportunities, apply start-up methods to develop products and services, seek support and funding for ventures, and scale entrepreneurial organisations.
For more information on the entrepreneur scholarship, visit the UTS scholarship website.