Empowering Women in Entrepreneurship + Social Enterprise

A summary of key insights from our workshop on women in entrepreneurship, which we hosted to inform the design of a call for proposals
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Empowering Women in Entrepreneurship + Social Enterprise
Alex Conliffe
Former Director, Policy Innovation Platform
Coralie D’Souza
Director of Operations + Employee Engagement
Erin Warner
Marketing and Communications Specialist

About this Report

The benefits of having more women-led high-growth companies in Canada and in Ontario are substantial, and yet so are the hurdles women must jump over for their businesses to scale. Our Policy Innovation Platform team’s engagement session, which took place on September 28, 2017, sought to better understand the experiences and challenges of women entrepreneurs, and the supports Ontario could implement to mitigate these barriers. Resources used during the engagement session can be found under the framework button.

Read this report to help you:
  • Understand the barriers facing women entrepreneurs
  • Learn about our forthcoming Call for Proposals to give Ontario’s women entrepreneurs every chance at success
  • See policy innovation in action through our design-led approach to creating and implementing this Call

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Key findings from the report:

Participants identified the following three ideas as the most viable for further consideration in designing the Call for Proposals:

  • Coordinate and disseminate “best practice” supports for women entrepreneurs across the Ontario ecosystem
  • Provide relevant mentorship + business coaching
  • Provide maternity leave and childcare supports for women entrepreneurs
Alex Conliffe
Former Director, Policy Innovation Platform
Coralie D’Souza
Director of Operations + Employee Engagement
Erin Warner
Marketing and Communications Specialist

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Sep 26, 2019

How might we better empower women entrepreneurs? This blog explores what we’ve learned through our Empowering Women Entrepreneurs co-designed call for proposals
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Jul 10, 2019

Learn more about HELM, one of the three recipients funded as part of our Empowering Women Entrepreneurs project. HELM connects mom-entrepreneurs to childcare so that they can work on their businesses.
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Jul 3, 2019

Learn more about Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE), one of the three grant recipients funded as part of our Empowering Women Entrepreneurs project
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Jun 26, 2019

Learn more about Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2) Action Strategy, one of the three grant recipients funded as part of our Empowering Women Entrepreneurs project
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