Startup Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada release the second edition of Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

March 8, 2019, Ottawa – Startup Canada, Canada’s entrepreneurship organization, in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) today launched the second edition of Resources for Women Entrepreneurs, a must-read resource to support the growth momentum of thriving women-owned companies. Resources for Women Entrepreneurs outlines national and localized resources where women entrepreneurs can go to access funding, digital skill building, global expansion and export support, tools to build their network, business planning, and much more.

Women entrepreneurs are growing the Canadian economy – contributing $148 billion annually and employing 1.5 million Canadians. However, although there are nearly 1 million women entrepreneurs in Canada, only 16 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises are majority women-owned, and women own only 10 percent of high growth firms. Canada’s biggest opportunity lies in supporting women entrepreneurs to grow exceptional businesses.

“By providing women entrepreneurs with a one-stop-shop resource document that outlines where and how to access the tools they need to grow, Canada moves into a new direction where women entrepreneurs are supported every step of their entrepreneurial journey,” said Victoria Lennox, President and Co-Founder of Startup Canada. “Startup Canada is thrilled to be partnering with the Business Development Bank of Canada for the second year to release the second edition of Resources for Women Entrepreneurs.”

“Starting or growing a business is not easy task. And, navigating through Canada’s business landscape certainly has its challenges,” said Laura Didyk, VP & National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs at BDC. “That’s why BDC is happy to work with key players like Startup Canada to seek solutions and consequently, help promote their Resource Guide for Women Entrepreneurs to make it easier for women to find the available resources, knowledge, and partners for their business needs.”

Read Resources for Women Entrepreneurs here. National and local organizations who are not listed are invited to submit their organization by way of email to to be included in the document.

To learn more about and to get involved with Startup Canada’s women’s initiatives this March, visit today

Maddie Stiles

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