Women Entrepreneurship

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Women Entrepreneurship

Kingston Economic Development is here to support women-identifying entrepreneurs at various stages of their business through programming, partnerships and a variety of resources.


“I am very grateful to be a part of this program! The support of these strong women has allowed me to grow as a person and lifts me up with confidence to continue on my journey.”
– Janet F.

“The Rural Mentorship program was a lovely kick-in-the-pants. Set up with a fabulous mentor who had a fresh perspective and insight I needed, I had the chance to learn (and struggle alongside other rural women business owners. I am grateful for the community we discovered here and excited to see the program grow.”
– Brandy W.

Resources & Funding

This fintech-driven microlending platform provides Women-owned businesses with $15,000 microloans in Canada and prioritizes diverse, intersectional and under-served Women.

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The government is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), representing more than $6 billion in investments and commitments. WES aims to increase women-owned businesses’ access to the financing, talent, networks and expertise they need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Research and resources on women entrepreneurs in Canada. WEKH is a part of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy that aims to increase women entrepreneurs’ access to financing, talent, networks and expertise.

BDC’s new Thrive Venture Fund and Lab for Women will continue to knock down the barriers that keep Canadian women-led businesses from accessing the capital they need to focus on their vision. Through the new $500 million investment platform, the largest of its kind in the world, the fund will bring value by ensuring women entrepreneurs have access to everything they need to thrive and have a lasting impact on the economy. Learn more!

A Canada-wide initiative to support women and underserved entrepreneurs to boost their digital game and grow their businesses. Learn more!

Queen’s external collaboration partners for this 3.5-year project included the City of Kingston, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, St. Lawrence College, KEYS Job Centre, and L-SPARK. Various contractors were selected and hired via procurement processes to design and deliver specific programs. Following the completion of a robust RFP process, Queen’s awarded Okwaho Equal Source with contracts to design and deliver programs for women who identified as Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Today’s WE-CAN Project is an extension of the original project and is now being funded solely by Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation until May 31, 2024. Learn more!