This is the final 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 previous ones? Read the first and second now.
The following text is a lightly edited set of responses from Elize Shirdel, founder of HELM, an award-winning, women-run technology company that connects parents with experienced, local babysitters. Launched in 2014 with the goal of helping parents more quickly and easily access quality child care, HELM has facilitated over 2,000 matches of parents and caregivers and processed over 20,000 hours of childcare. Elize is the project lead for the Childcare Support Pilot for Women Entrepreneurs, which provides reliable, flexible and accessible childcare so that women entrepreneurs can participate in important business activities like networking meetings, trade shows, sales meetings, accelerators and last-minute grant application opportunities. This pilot project is providing valuable insight into the role that access to childcare plays in the creation and longevity of women-led businesses. You can read more about Elize and HELM on CBC.
How would you describe your project?
We connect mom-entrepreneurs to childcare so that they can spend time working on their business.