Grow Global: Women Entrepreneurs and Export

Exports are an important driver of economic growth and innovation, but Canadian companies have not fully exploited the potential of international markets. Access to international markets opens doors to: networks of peers and experts, allowing for knowledge gain and to make valuable contacts; new markets and diversified consumer bases; new product development and service ideas; and access to diversity and talent on a global scale. 

This report reviews the pre‐COVID‐19 state of women entrepreneurs and their exporting behavior based on three sources: a review of the existing literature; 96 in‐depth interviews with women entrepreneurs; and a survey of 815 entrepreneurs and some decision makers.

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