Why we’re doing this project
Launched in 2019 as part of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is building a national network and accessible digital platform for sharing research, resources, and leading strategies. The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is working with WEKH on a suite of action-oriented research projects on entrepreneurship in Canada, supporting the development of more inclusive policies, programs, and practices across Canada’s innovation ecosystem.
As part of this suite of projects, BII+E, in collaboration with the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs (IPL), is building the first complete picture of the state of high-growth companies in Canada: the National Scale-Up Index. This will include developing a new national index of Canadian high-growth companies, quantitative assessments of federal programs designed to support Canadian scale-ups, and gap analysis of the programming available. This work launches in Fall 2019 and concludes in Spring 2020.
While our quantitative analysis is thorough and extensive, by nature it is not well-placed to answer experiential questions about topics like thoughts, feelings, stresses, joys, ambitions, perceived barriers, and other questions about individual subjective experiences. It also poses limits as to the depth of intersectional demographic analysis that can be done.
To fill this research gap, BII+E is pursuing a qualitative research project to understand the experiences of women entrepreneurs as they scale their high-growth firms, building on the quantitative findings highlighted in the National Scale-Up Index. The project objectives are to:
- Understand the experiences of women entrepreneurs in Canada as they scale their high-growth firms
- Identify or confirm key barriers/gaps and opportunities for further investigation and exploration