Update – May 17, 2018

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal and demonstrated their commitment to enabling the growth of small and medium-sized women-led businesses in Ontario.

The following projects will be funded for the next 14 months:

  • Ontario Inclusive Innovation (I2) Action Strategy, led by Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership at the University of Ottawa, will be developing a gender-based certification program and workshops for intermediaries within the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The strategy will also include an industry white paper on the state of women’s enterprise support in Ontario, and a one-day conference to showcase evidence-based practices for empowering women entrepreneurs.
  • Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship at the Innovation Factory in Hamilton, Ont., will deliver targeted workshops and events to enable women to grow their businesses, with a particular focus on increasing the level of future representation in advanced manufacturing.
  • Childcare Support Pilot for Female Entrepreneurs will provide reliable, flexible and accessible childcare so that female entrepreneurs can attend networking meetings, trade shows, sales meetings, accelerator and-last minute grant application opportunities. This pilot project will provide valuable insight about the role that access to child care plays in the creation and longevity of women-led businesses.

The three projects collectively respond to the Call’s objective – to disseminate existing best practices, from within or outside of Ontario, or to adapt existing programs or build on existing evidence to develop new best practices within Ontario’s entrepreneurship communities.

We will provide an update on the projects in Fall 2018.

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In Ontario, there are 92 women entrepreneurs for every 100 men entrepreneurs, representing one of the highest participation rates for women in Canada.

While this is a good news story, in Ontario, as in Canada, when it comes to the ratio of women entrepreneurs successfully growing their businesses as compared to men, the picture looks different. For example, of the top twenty fastest growing Canadian startups on Profit 500’s 2017 Startup 50 list, only one business was led by a woman.

With the Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Call for Proposals, funded by the Ontario Government, the Brookfield Institute aims to support evidence-based approaches to address the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face in growing their businesses.

Our hope is that this Call will provide an opportunity to disseminate existing best practices, from within or outside of Ontario, or to adapt existing programs or build on existing evidence to develop new best practices within Ontario’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Through this Call, funded projects will both provide support to women entrepreneurs growing their businesses and strengthen the capacity of Ontario’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to serve the province’s entrepreneurs.

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Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is a new, independent and nonpartisan institute, housed within Ryerson University, that is dedicated to making Canada the best country in the world to be an innovator or an entrepreneur. BII+E supports this mission in three ways: insightful research and analysis; testing, piloting and prototyping projects; which informs BII+E’s leadership and advocacy on behalf of innovation and entrepreneurship across the country

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