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Empowering SME women leaders in Canada

Empowering SME women leaders in Canada

We provide the IT specialists, solutions and learning resources you need to be as successful as you can be. Power your business with the newest technology and accelerate your digital strategy. If you are a female SME business leader or aspire to be one, we want to partner with you.

Why women entrepreneurs?

SME is big in Canada. According to the BDC, 98.2% of all Canadian businesses have fewer than 100 employees. Yet female entrepreneurs remain a relatively untapped resource for economic growth in this sector. We are committed to helping women become more successful entrepreneurs by addressing some of the obstacles they face.

  • Small and Medium Business

    Only 15% of Canadian small and medium sized business are majority–owned by women

    Source: Royal Bank of Canada
  • Female-owned SMEs

    Female-owned SMEs exhibited lower growth compared to male-owned SMEs

    Source: Industry Canada
  • Technology Adoption

    Majority of women founders struggle to access the capital, technology, networks and knowledge that they need to scale businesses

    Source: GEDI

How can we help you succeed?

Circle of Learning

Circle of Learning

Nine online courses with over 110 hours of training from Cisco’s Networking Academy. No cost to eligible registrants.

Circle of Innovation

Circle of Innovation

Internship students from the University of Waterloo are paired with entrepreneurs to build digital strategy, scale and impact

Circle of Productivity

Circle of Productivity

Everything you need to get your business communicating, collaborating and connected.

Bridging the Gap in Technology Adoption

Getting technology “right” to start and grow your business can be a daunting task. Trusted advisors are key to overcoming this challenge.

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Bridging the Gap in Technology Adoption