Participants of Canvas Coworking’s FLAIR: Female Led Aspiring International Regional incubator program, are benefitting from the expertise of the multi-time founder and Entrepreneur-in-Residence Ian Mason who has joined the FLAIR project team alongside Program Director Joy Taylor.

With a strong background supporting female founders throughout his career, and an international network established through building and delivering business support programs across the globe, Mr Mason is an ideal EIR, according to Ms Taylor. “We are very grateful to have someone with Ian’s skills and background come on board as our Entrepreneur-in-Residence,” she said. “Ian’s experience and connections will help the teams, led by regional women, to gain insights into doing business in an international market and develop their confidence to thrive in that space.”

Mr Mason is thrilled to be working on the FLAIR project, saying it is the perfect opportunity for participants to overcome traditional hurdles. “Good quality support for startups and small business is a vital part of a thriving and dynamic economy, yet it’s inaccessible to far too many people, as it is often metropolitan-focused and the predominant macho culture is a stronger inhibitor to diverse participation.”

Mr Mason, along with dozens of local and global mentors, is facilitating online and in-person workshops designed to develop entrepreneurial skills, behaviours and connections, both locally and internationally, that will enable regional women to confidently develop their businesses.

“Participants can expect no jargon, no nonsense, no egos and no wasted time, just practical, straight forward support and advice to help you achieve your goals,” he said. “The FLAIR Incubator is the perfect testing ground for those founders that are looking to get their business into the shape needed to grow rapidly and explore the opportunities presented by international markets.” Ms Taylor said it is an exciting opportunity to be able to offer these resources to regional women.

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