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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
Director, Policy Innovation Platform

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
Director, Policy Innovation Platform

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May 17, 2018

How can we best support women entrepreneurs in Ontario? Our recent call for proposals inspired some powerful ways to improve support for our women entrepreneurs
Unlocking the potential of Ontario’s women entrepreneurs

Dec 13, 2017

We're using a design-led approach to create and implement a Call for Proposals to provide better supports for women entrepreneurs, including social entrepreneurs in Ontario
Designing a call for proposals + building an ecosystem for women entrepreneurs to thrive

Aug 15, 2017

Launching a design-led initiative that seeks to support the economic empowerment of women at all income levels
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs to Unlock Their Full Potential
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