About Startup Women

What is it?

Startup Canada stands with women-identified entrepreneurs to help support their growth, future goals, and break down the unique barriers that women are faced with when building a business. In recent years, this program has grown from a one day event, to a month-long program throughout the month of March in 2021. This year, we are thrilled to announce this program has been scaled into an annual program which will help us reach more woman-identified entrepreneurs than ever and give longer lasting support. 

What can you expect?

We will provide tools, community, resources and content to woman-identified entrepreneurs across Canada throughout the year in the form of webinars, industry-specific advisory circles and 1:1 mentorship and advisory support. 

We are also excited to introduce a new addition to the program: the Startup Women Advisory Network. This group will be made up of 13 women-identified entrepreneurs representing each province and territory, and coming from a wide range of industries and backgrounds. The goal of the Startup Women Advocacy Network is to provide advocacy for women-identified entrepreneurs across Canada to both the private and public sector. 


Early-stage support


These webinars will be a mix of panel discussions and workshops and will be geared towards early-stage entrepreneurs. Panel discussions and workshops will be held once every two months (March, May, July, September, and November) with a total of 5 webinars being held throughout the year. To provide a holistic skills-building experience, we’ve aligned our webinar topics to our Startup Women Podcast.

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Build your community

Industry Advisory Circles

Entrepreneurship is not a solo journey. One of our goals at Startup Canada is to connect entrepreneurs with a community to further help them build a successful business. These industry-specific advisory circles will give early-stage woman-identified entrepreneurs the chance to connect with and learn from industry experts and late-stage founders, as well as access practical resources. It’s also an opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs in your industry and join a wider entrepreneurial community.

These 2-hour Industry Advisory Circles will be held once a month, hosted by a subject matter expert facilitating a discussion with 2-3 other panelists followed by a Q&A section. These advisory circles will also feature some of the mentors that are on Mentorly, giving you an opportunity to meet and hear experiences, key learnings, and advice from our mentors.

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Local events

Startup Communities

During the month of March, our Startup Communities will be hosting various events focused around women entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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Creating Change

Startup Women Advocacy Network

To help showcase women from coast to coast to coast while giving them a seat at the table, we're delighted to mark the launch of our Startup Women Advocacy Network (SWAN)!

SWAN is a curated group of early-stage, woman-identifying entrepreneurs from each province and territory who advocates for women entrepreneurship across Canada. Representatives come from a breadth of industries and backgrounds

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Mentorship & Advisory Support

1-on-1 Sessions

We will engage woman-identified entrepreneurs through 30-minute mentorship sessions with Mentorly. Interested entrepreneurs will be able to choose to connect with expert mentors to seek guidance, and support to build their business (across various industries, and stages). The focus on this year’s program is to increase connections within the entrepreneur support ecosystem directly.

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Startup Women Podcast

As a podcast for women and women-identifying entrepreneurs, the Startup Women Podcast highlights champions of women economic empowerment within Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Listen to our latest episodes on topics that matter to the growth of women entrepreneurship.

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Equip for success

Building a robust hub to guide through the tools accessible to you for success. An important part of any woman entrepreneur’s toolkit is a clear understanding of the resources within your network. We’ve put together a resource guide to connect women entrepreneurs with mentors, funding, training, events, and other programming available to support them locally, regionally, and nationally. Download the guide below.

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Our program partners

Presenting Partner

National Partner

Community Partners

Youth Partner


Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, Startup Canada does not offer funding/grants. What we do offer are connections, resources, and tools that can support you in finding the right funding for your business. If you would like to learn more about existing funding opportunities, please contact us at women@startupcan.ca.

The 1:1 Meetings with Startup Women leaders will be hosted through Mentorly. To book a session, go to the Startup Women Mentorly page and create a profile. From there, you’ll be able to browse all of the available leaders and book a session with them directly through the platform.

We have listed all of our events on our Startup Women events page. You will find all the information on each event and how you can register.


Email us at women@startupcan.ca

Absolutely not! We’ve made sure that every element of the program contains general, high-level key takeaways that can be applied to any industry. However, we understand that context matters. We also offer targeted support depending on your area(s) of interest. We will be hosting 10 Industry Advisory Circles throughout the year facilitated by a subject matter expert with other panellists, followed by an audience Q&A. See which industries we’re covering.

To inquire more about our targeted support, please email women@startupcan.ca

Each program element is open to every aspiring, emerging and/or established entrepreneur, no matter what stage you’re in.

Yes! The Startup Women program is 100% free.

The Startup Women program runs from February 1st to November 30, 2023.


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