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    Government is seeking third parties to launch and operate a “women entrepreneurship knowledge hub" see more

    Source: Betakit
    Author: Jessica Galang

    Government Announces RFP to Compile Data on Women Entrepreneurs

    During Montreal’s Startupfest, Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger announced that the government is accepting proposals from companies that could help it collect data on how best to support women entrepreneurs.

    The government first announced its intention to collect “disaggregated data” on women entrepreneurs in Budget 2018, which had a large focus on women entrepreneurs. The budget earmarked $9.5 million over three years for proposals on collecting gender-based data on entrepreneurs.

    Chagger expanded on its request for proposals during the event. The government is seeking third parties to launch and operate a “women entrepreneurship knowledge hub,” which will collect and compile information on women entrepreneurs and inform the development of support tools for women entrepreneurs. “This data will also help us establish best practices that women entrepreneurs can use to further their entrepreneurial journey in Canada.”

    This year’s budget had a major focus on women entrepreneurs; $1.4 billion in loans over five years is being allocated to women entrepreneurs through BDC, with the overarching goal of doubling the number of women entrepreneurs by 2025. Chagger said that the four core pillars of it’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy include helping women-led businesses grow, increasing access to capital, improving participation in the innovation economy, and enhancing data on women entrepreneurs.

    “This is a key area where data is missing and to better understand women entrepreneurs and to help them and support them, we need this data,” said Chagger.

    The Minister made the announcement during one of BDC’s Women in Technology bootcamps, which works to foster business skills and financial literacy for women. The bank’s bootcamps were also part of the initial Budget 2018 announcement, and will take place across Canada.

    The news is timely, as this morning Female Funders announced a new report on the state of venture capital with Hockeystick. The report drew on data from public sources like Crunchbase and data from angel and VC groups, finding that just 14 percent of Canadian VCs are women.

    The deadline for proposals is September 7. More information is available on the government website here.

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    We are searching Canada for the Top 15 high growth Start-ups of 2017, to join the Metabridge program see more

    Metabridge applications closing April 3rd

    We are searching Canada for the Top 15 high growth Start-ups of 2017, to join the Metabridge program and gain access to mentorship and capital. [Click here to apply!]

    We Look For The Following Criteria:

    • Product/service solves a problem or market need 
    • Generally available (no private beta)
    • Demonstrated traction – users or revenue (or both)
    • Demonstrated commitment - investment (generally late seed/early series A)
    • Amazing founders & team members 

    Each Company Founder Will Receive: 

    • Year round visibility, promotion & recognition as part of the Start-up cohort.
    • On-boarding and targeted introductions to mentors and investors.
    • 2 VIP passes to Metabridge Live tech retreat in Kelowna this June with a personalized schedule to meet with mega entrepreneurs, global tech executives and investors.  Includes 1:1 meetings, activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences over 48 hours. Each company will be showcased in a highly curated setting.

    Hear from some of our Metabridge Alum on why to apply before April 3.

    [Click here to apply!]

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    Canadian Technology Accelerator Program in New York City February - June 2017 see more

    Are you a Canadian tech SME ready for the US market?

    Canadian Technology Accelerator Program in New York City February - June 2017 | Apply Now

    CTA Digital Tech connects Canadian entrepreneurs to clients, strategic partners and investors. CTA Digital Tech is a five-month program run by the Canadian Consulate in New York that helps high-potential SME tech companies in: Ad Tech, FinTech, Big Data Analytics, Software-as-a-Service, E-Commerce and Online Content.

    We’re looking for revenue-generating companies suitable for the New York City market, with a plan of action for prospecting in the region. Application deadline: December 2, 2016.

    CTA Digital Tech includes:

    • Mentorship from private-sector partners, industry leaders and Trade Commissioners
    • Membership at Grind, a central co-working facility in NYC
    • One-month virtual programming and four months of in-market support
    • Monthly programs and workshops

    Why New York?

    A dynamic hub for digital tech entrepreneurship; a world economic leader in many sectors, home to VC and Angel investors and potential business partners and much more

    Who we are looking for:

    Revenue-positive SMEs with a fully-built product; a senior representative able to take part in one month of virtual programming, and four months of business development in New York City.

    What you need to qualify:

    • A revenue-generating business
    • ($1M in revenue and/or investment)
    • A strong and experienced founding team
    • A client acquisition strategy for New York
    • Financial resources to spend four months in New York City

    How to apply/for more information:

    Company selection is done by a panel of experts. No cost to apply; Companies are responsible for living and travel expenses.

    Follow us: @CTA_NYC

    The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service: