Ryerson’s women’s entrepreneurship knowledge hub - $9 million


(Tracey Robertson) #1

"To help women overcome the barriers obstructing their way to success, the Canadian Government is investing in their economic participation. Ryerson has been selected by the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, to receive nearly $9 million over three years that will go towards the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH).

Spearheaded by the Diversity Institute and its founder, Dr. Wendy Cukier, the WEKH will include eight hubs across the country, with Ryerson and OCAD sharing the Toronto region. The WEKH will serve as a network of researchers, universities, business organizations, incubators, and community groups working together with the purpose of addressing the needs of women entrepreneurs.

Comprised of almost 50 organizations, WEKH aims to promote, share and develop evidence-based solutions to advance women in entrepreneurship. Dr. Cukier clarifies that this network is not focused on developing a program to fund or train entrepreneurs, but rather on collecting research and sharing it for organizations to improve their practices, processes, and policies. Some of the collaborators of the network include Ryerson’s policy thinktank, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, as well as Magnet, a not-for-profit co-founded by the university. "

Women businesses are key to economic growth but they are not receiving the same financial supports as men. Are you a women starting a business? Will this support your work? Watch out for many more articles, research and initiatives on women entrepreneurship. Join in the discussion!