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Monday, 11 May 2015 22:37

Aon’s ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ program launches in Australia

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A community-driven initiative for high-growth companies led by women, dubbed ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’, has launched in Australia, after first launching July 2014 in the US.

Aon is an insurance, re-insurance, risk management, human resoruces and outsourcing company with a presence in 120 countries, and it has announced the launch of its Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) program in Australia.

As noted in the introduction, it first launched in the US in July 2014, and is ‘a community-driven initiative for high-growth companies led by women.’

Aon is partnering with Springboard Enterprises to select a ‘female-led, high growth business that will benefit from Aon’s and Springboard’s networks and business expertise.’

The first partner is IntelligenceBank, a business process management company, which delivers software as-a-service applications to end-users. It offers digital asset management solutions to clients from varied industries, including the energy, financial services and technology sectors.

Lambros Lambrou, CEO of Aon Risk Solutions Australia said: “The EIR program highlights Aon’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Combining our expertise, resources and tools with Springboard’s expansive support network, we believe this program can have a meaningful impact on up and coming companies.”

Topaz Conway, Chair of Springboard Enterprises Australia, noted the EIR program will demonstrate to the corporate community what women-led companies can achieve and realise the commercial opportunities possible through the partnership.

Conway said: “Our goal is to help female entrepreneurs realise their full potential by providing them with suitable opportunities and instilling that ambition for growth.

“We help women achieve their potential by surrounding them with the right kind of networks, the right kind of coaching and the right kind of information they need to become investable companies.”

In the coming year, IntelligenceBank will receive direct and ongoing access to business support and solutions. The partnership with Aon will be led by Eric Lowenstein, client Manager, Financial Services Group, Aon Risk Solutions.

IntelligenceBank CEO and director Tessa Court is a successful entrepreneur who completed Springboard Enterprises’ first Australian accelerator program in 2013. She said the Entrepreneurs in Residence program will offer her company access to immeasurable business insights and experience.

“Partnering with Aon on the EIR program will allow us to share best practice learnings and insights, helping us to understand how we can bring a different perspective to clients. It will be an illuminating experience,” Ms Court said.

Looks like we’ll all have to keen an eye on Aon and its partners to measure the results of the impressive sounding initiative.

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