The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship is excited to announce the successful projects that will be funded to empower women entrepreneurs. In July 2017, we announced that our Policy Innovation Platform team would use a design-led approach to create and implement a Call for Proposals to provide better support for women entrepreneurs in the province of Ontario.
To design the Call for Proposals, the team conducted three steps:
- Assessing the Evidence Base – We pulled together the latest literature on the barriers facing women entrepreneurs to develop a framework that we could use to discuss those barriers with women entrepreneurs and ecosystem players. For more information, read our Discussion Paper.
- Design Workshop – We invited women entrepreneurs and ecosystem players to critique and build on our framework for understanding the barriers women entrepreneurs face, and to identify targeted opportunities to overcome those barriers. For more information, read our Design Workshop Summary Report.
- Stakeholder Interviews – We engaged in numerous conversations to translate what we learned and heard into a Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals was launched on December 19, 2017, to fund projects that address challenges that women entrepreneurs face in growing their businesses and increase inclusion in Ontario’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Over the last few months, we have been reviewing the many outstanding proposals we received that responded to the needs identified by the women entrepreneurs and ecosystem players that participated in designing the Call.