Why we’re doing this project
The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) launched at Ryerson University in 2019, led by the Diversity Institute, the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and funded by the Government of Canada through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.
The Hub, along with its regional networks and community of experts, will:
- Engage women business support organizations across the country;
- Strengthen cross-sector collaboration to support the success of diverse women entrepreneurs;
- Support the implementation of more inclusive policies, programs, and practices across the innovation ecosystem;
- Provide a platform to better connect women entrepreneurs across Canada to resources;
- Challenge stereotypes and build awareness of women’s entrepreneurial success.
The Brookfield Institute is excited to bring our track record of research and policy analysis on entrepreneurship and expanding access to economic and entrepreneurial opportunities into this partnership.
Our women entrepreneurship research sits at the intersection of two workstreams:
- Our Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Workstream tracks trends in entrepreneurial activity and improves understanding of the experiences, success factors, and barriers impacting Canada’s entrepreneurs, as well as the tools and resources they need to succeed.
- Our Innovative and Inclusive Economy Workstream assesses the distribution of risks and benefits in Canada’s innovation economy and informs policies for advancing equity and broadening economic participation.