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The design of the Call for Proposals results from an innovative, design-led process. In the summer of 2017, the Brookfield Institute conducted a comprehensive literature review, which it tuned into a discussion paper used to frame an in-person design workshop with women entrepreneurs and key supporters within the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Participants generated ideas for interventions that could be funded through a Call for Proposals. The Brookfield Institute further tested and refined these ideas through additional insights interviews, leading to the design of this Call for Proposals.
The challenges identified through these processes can been found in the Brookfield Institute Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Discussion paper and the Brookfield Institute Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Design Workshop Summary Report. We highly recommend that you review both documents below prior to drafting your final proposal.