Jo Burston is the founder and CEO of Job Capital, co-founder and director of Phronesis.Academy and founder of the entrepreneurial movement Inspiring Rare Birds. Rare Birds works to promote opportunity for women in entrepreneurship and has a global vision to have one million women in its community by 2020. The business is partnered with Phronesis.Academy to provide a blended learning environment to teach the skills and mindset of entrepreneurship to children and adults.
Sharing entrepreneurial journeys is one of Rare Birds’ core offerings and Jo has so far published three books – Brilliant BusinessKids, Australia’s 50 Influential Women Entrepreneurs and #IFSHECANICAN. Brilliant BusinessKids is her newest publication, having launched in August 2016, and is a comic book showcasing the real-life stories of 12 children – many of whom have global enterprises. The book can read as a standalone publication or as the course book for startup.business.
Jo has been recognised as one of Australia’s top entrepreneurs for the past six years and is a leading authority on global women’s entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship as a whole, and SMB markets. Jo has personally advised The Prime Minister and the top 20 heads of entrepreneurship and innovation in Australia across academia, industry and government, which resulted in the release of Australia’s Innovation paper in 2015. Most recently, Jo has joined the Advisory Board for the LaunchVIC initiative, a $60 million body designed by the Victorian Government to accelerate startups.