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Startup Canada Women Founders Fund 2018 for women entrepreneurs or women-led businesses.

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Application Deadline: August 31, 2018, 11:59 PM PT

Although women in Canada now represent 47 percent of Canadian business owners and contribute $148 billion in economic activity, they continuously face barriers to accessing capital to start and scale their businesses. This gap is particularly exposed when looking at female entrepreneurs in STEM fields.

Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for economic growth in many countries. Equally as important is the critical role that women play in the growth of an economy.

Startup Canada has partnered with Evolocity Financial Group to invest in women-led companies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) through the Startup Canada Women Founders Fund, providing micro-grants to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in Canada to help them start and grow their businesses while accelerating gender parity and further unleash the economic potential of women.


  • Applicants must be women entrepreneurs or women-led businesses.
  • Applicants must be in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field.
  • Applicants must be based in Canada.
  • Funds must be used to support business operations or access to business or professional growth opportunities.
  • Impact statement on the use of the funds.
  • Proven business model with evidenced traction.
  • Confirmation that the opportunity would be missed without this investment.
  • Agree to complete an impact assessment.
  • Agree to leverage the hashtag #StartupWomen and recognize the sponsors in associated marketing efforts.
  • Deadline August 31, 2018
  • Adjudication Period – September 2018
  • Announce Recipients – October 18, 2018

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Startup Canada Women Founders Fund 2018

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