About Startup Women 2024

How do we do it?

Startup Women stands with women-identifying entrepreneurs to help support their growth and future goals. From topic-focused webinars, industry advisory circles, and meetings with Startup Women leaders, this free program will help you navigate the early stages of your business and foster connections with key ecosystem leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs. This programming is for all women, including those in the trans and non-binary community.

What can you expect?

Throughout the year, beginning in February, Startup Canada will be hosting several live webinars, industry advisory circles as well as in-person mentoring sessions and in person events focused on supporting and celebrating women-identifying entrepreneurs.


Virtual Events

These webinars aim to support the business development of women-identifying entrepreneurs and give them the tools and know-how to navigate the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey.

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Industry Advisory Circles

These industry-specific advisory circles will take place once a month between February and November. These sessions will feature expert talks from late-stage founders, a panel discussion with support organizations within the industry and networking breakout rooms with attendees and speakers. This close-door, virtual meetup will give women-identifying entrepreneurs all across Canada a sense of community and support.

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Meetings with Startup Women Leaders

Meet with Startup Women Leaders as you pave your own entrepreneurial path. Build your network and meet with women leading and excelling in their industry, subject matter experts and key figures in support organizations (Including Startup Women partners) who can provide guidance, and support in your business development through their own lived experience. This year, women leaders will be connected live and in person on tour in BC, Prairies, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada.

Learn more and attend

Creating Change

Startup Women Advocacy Network

To help showcase women-identifying entrepreneurs from coast to coast to coast, we are delighted to continue the Startup Women Advocacy Network (SWAN) initiative in 2024. There is a lack of awareness and storytelling of early-stage, women-identifying entrepreneurs in Canada. As a national convener and true to our core values, we want to connect entrepreneurs with the support they need to help tackle this gap.

View 2024 Cohort



Equip for success

We have created a resource guide There will also be resources and tools available on the Startup Canada website, through the Startup Women resource guide (Notion), as well as included in the Startup Canada newsletter and blog.
Building a robust hub to guide you through key tools to fuel your business success. We’ve compiled a resource guide to connect women-identifying entrepreneurs with funding, training, events, and other programming available to support them locally, regionally, and nationally. Access the guide below.
We will also share resources through the Startup Women newsletter on a monthly basis, be sure to subscribe below!

Download the Guide


Startup Women Podcast

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

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Stay up to date with Startup Women

Sign up for email notifications about upcoming events, support, or opportunities for women entrepreneurs!

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Our program partners

This program would not be possible without the generous support of our partners. We are so happy to be able to continue working with our amazing partners and excited to introduce new partners for 2024.

Co-Presenting Partners

Program Partners

Community Partners


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

Yes! The Startup Women program is 100% free.

The Startup Women program runs from February 5th to November 29, 2024.

These meetings will take place at each of the 4 stops of the 2024 Startup Canada Tour. This year, the Startup Canada Tour will be stopping in:

  • Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, April 18th
  • Langley, BC on Wednesday, May 15th
  • Moncton, NB on Tuesday, September 17th
  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON on Wednesday, October 30th

To register to attend any of these events, please visit the Startup Canada Tour webpage.

You can email us your biography and information on your experience at women@startupcan.ca 

You register for any and all 2024 Startup Women events here.

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, the Startup Women Resource Guide includes grants and funding opportunities available to women.

Email us at women@startupcan.ca


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