The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is a national network and accessible digital platform for sharing research and resources, and leading strategies. With 10 regional hubs and a network of more than 250 organizations, WEKH is designed to address the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs across regions and across sectors. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WEKH adopted an agitator role connecting women entrepreneurs and support organizations across the country, and led network calls and training sessions. WEKH’s advanced technology platform, powered by Magnet, enhances the capacity of women entrepreneurs and the organizations who serve them by linking them to resources and best practices across the country.
With the support of the Government of Canada, WEKH spreads its expertise from coast to coast, enabling service providers, academics, government and industry to enhance their support for women entrepreneurs. Toronto Metropolitan University’s Diversity Institute, in collaboration with the Ted Rogers School of Management, is leading a team of researchers, business support organizations and key stakeholders to create a more inclusive and supportive environment to grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.
“Everyone benefits when women have the resources they need to participate fully in our economies and societies. Our Government is determined to help women gain the tools they need to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders.” – Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“At BDC, we are convinced that tapping into the incredible potential of women entrepreneurs can be a significant driver of economic prosperity for Canada — and we are committed to deploy the efforts and the ambition to reach that goal!” – Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO, BDC
“It should be a point of pride that more and more Canadian women are starting and running independent businesses. But female entrepreneurs often have additional hurdles to overcome when making the choice to start or grow a company. Starting or growing a business is tough enough – we need to do more to ensure equal access to financing and finding good quality, affordable advice.” – Dan Kelly, President and CEO, Canadian Federation for Independent Business
“We would add $150B to the Canadian economy if we supported women entrepreneurs to their male counterpart. It’s time to break down the systemic barriers so we can all benefit from the equal participation of women in society.” – Vicki Saunders, Founder SheEO
“EDC is proud to be working to help remove the unique barriers women entrepreneurs often face when looking to grow their business. An important part of that is investing in research that will enable us to better understand the challenges women face and the opportunities to better support them in their exporting journey.” – Mairead Lavery, President and CEO at EDC