Deadline To Apply: November 15, 2018

Program Details:

As part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, the Government is making funding available directly to women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. The objective is to provide support to women to grow their businesses and facilitate their pursuit of opportunities in markets abroad. The Fund is a $20 million investment providing up to $100,000 in non-repayable contribution funding for 12 months. The Women Entrepreneurship Fund will fund women-owned and women-led businesses to invest in activities that focus on:

  • Supporting pursuit of market opportunities abroad (e.g. international marketing strategy, supply chain integration, promotions, business advisory services, online presence/website development)
  • Supporting Scale-up, Expansion and Growth (e.g. product/service development and improvement, inventory management, value stream mapping, upgrades to plant and equipment, process and technology improvements
  • Additional activities that support the objectives of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A for profit organization;
  • Women-owned and/or women-led business;
  • A small to medium enterprise (SME) (under 499 employees); and
  • A business in operation for a minimum of two years.

Critical Dates:

Applications are due November 15

Organizer Name: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Contact Name: Women Entrepreneurship Strategy – Small Business Branch