This is the second commentary in a series of three highlighting each of the community-led interventions that received grants as part of the Brookfield Institute’s Empowering Women Entrepreneurs project. Missed the first? Read it now.
The following text is a lightly edited set of responses from Brigitte Huard, Program Manager for the Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE), which delivers targeted workshops and events that enable women to grow their businesses, with a particular focus on increasing the level of future representation in advanced manufacturing. Brigitte works at Innovation Factory (iF), Hamilton’s catalyst for tech innovation. Since 2010, Innovation Factory has been accelerating the success of start-ups, providing business services, training and mentorship to help increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs. The organization serves 350-450 clients annually from across Hamilton, Brantford and Waterdown.
How would you describe your project?
The Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE) delivers learning and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs led by industry experts. It is a program designed for [entrepreneurs] working in industries like information and communications technology (ICT), life sciences, clean tech, and social innovation, with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing. These regular sessions are also open to the community so that women entrepreneurs working in other sectors can benefit and become engaged with our services and ecosystem.