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Women Entrepreneurs Ecosystem

WeBC is proud to be part of a vibrant ecosystem of organizations that support women entrepreneurs.

Stronger together

We are all part of an interconnected community of service providers that helps entrepreneurs. By embracing our network, collaborating to fill service gaps and leveraging each organization’s specializations, we can improve the social and economic outcomes of small businesses in BC and across Canada.

Women’s entrepreneurship is part of a larger conversation about gender equality and diversity, which presents unprecedented opportunities for collaboration. As Co-Chair of the WEB Alliance of Women’s Business Networks and Co-Founder of the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada, we unite communities to create a greater impact for women entrepreneurs.

LEARN ABOUT THE ECOSYSTEM

Special projects

Capital, Community, Capacity (C3) Project: 2023 – 2025

WeBC has received continued funding from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, as part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy!

This “Capital, Community, Capacity (C3) Project” is an initiative that enables us to continue to support the deliberate and sustained growth of women business owners. Working with our national partners, WeBC will expand on our 28-year history to deliver on-demand and live skills development, business advising, mentoring, and network building.

Enhancing the Mosaic of Women Entrepreneurs (EMWE): 2019 – 2023

With funding from the Government of Canada’s “Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund,” WeBC delivered a four-year project to strengthen the mosaic of diverse BC women entrepreneurs. The “Enhancing the Mosaic of Women Entrepreneurs” (EMWE) project improved access to our services throughout BC for under-represented segments, specifically:

  • Geographic – Women entrepreneurs on Vancouver Island, in the North and rural BC
  • Sectoral – Diverse suppliers and exporters
  • Demographic – Indigenous, immigrant and rural women entrepreneurs

In October 2023, we were awarded an Inclusive Growth Award from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the EMWE project’s impact! Read the announcement >>>

Vancity Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program

WeBC has partnered with Vancity on the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program, which provides financing from Vancity with support services provided by WeBC.

Initially, the program was not effective as many barriers to accessing capital still existed in the process. However, through this partnership the Vancity team recognized the unique needs of women entrepreneurs and created new policies to address these needs, including redefining timelines and creating two new products. The program re-launched successfully in February 2021 with 75% of its goals being realized in the first week.

This is an excellent example of an internal policy shift contributing to a systemic change to better serve the different growth pathways of women entrepreneurs. This partnership will continue through to at least March 2022 as a marquee program.

Advancing women entrepreneurs through research

Through ongoing research, WeBC and our ecosystem partners work to improve support for women entrepreneurs.

Research

The Path Forward: Advancing the Funding Journeys of BC Women Business Owner...

WeBC is delighted to present this insightful report, which shares the findings of a survey we conducted with over 400 women b...

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The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2021

This report sheds light on the state of women entrepreneurship in Canada for 2021 by synthesizing new academic, industry, and...

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Growing Their Own Way: High-growth Women Entrepreneurs in Canada

In partnership with the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneursh...

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Navigating the Road to Success: How to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Close to 1,000 women entrepreneurs from across Canada were asked to reflect on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Financial Knowledge & Financial Confidence: Closing gender gaps in fin...

This report advances new insights about gender differences in finance knowledge and confidence among owners of small business...

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BC Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Survey Results

In August 2016, WeBC (formerly Women’s Enterprise Centre) conducted a survey of business service providers within the entre...

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