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 includes 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.
While the quantitative analysis in the National Scale-Up Index 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. To fill this research gap, BII+E is pursuing the Scaling Women-Founded Firms 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