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News Release - Queen's University receives $3.2 million to support women entrepreneurs

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

News release

(August 2019) Women entrepreneurs in and around Kingston will receive increased support with the announcement of up to $3.2 million in funding for Queen’s University from FedDev Ontario. The funding, conditional on a signed contribution agreement, will support and strengthen programs and services for women entrepreneurs. Distributed as part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, the investment will assist Queen’s and its partners to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor, and provide resources to women-led companies in the community.

The funding will go toward supporting three groups of women entrepreneurs in Kingston and region, including those who have founded or lead technology companies, Indigenous women entrepreneurs, and recent women graduates from Queen’s University who are starting a business in Kingston.

The Queen’s team for this initiative includes the Office of Partnerships and Innovation (OPI) (project lead), the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC), the Smith School of Business, and the Queen’s Business Law Clinic (QBLC). Partner organizations supporting the project include the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Launch Lab, the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network (SOAN), Okwaho Equal Source, and L-SPARK.

Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more about the WES Ecosystem Fund.


“The women entrepreneurs and business leaders of Kingston and the Islands make incredible contributions to our economy and community every day. I’m proud that our current Government takes women’s economic empowerment seriously. From tackling pay equity to modernizing parental leave, this government is taking action on gender equality because when women succeed, we all succeed.”

- Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands.

“It is one of my own priorities to strengthen the region’s innovation ecosystem through the provision of support, services, and programming to entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs, and importantly, in ways that advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. With the help of the federal government and FedDev Ontario, Queen’s and our partners will contribute to the growth of an ecosystem that enables diverse and underrepresented entrepreneurs to thrive.”

- Kimberly Woodhouse, Vice-Principal (Research)

“This important funding will enable Queen’s and its partners to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate the growth of several companies, in Kingston and region, that are founded or led by women entrepreneurs. At a high level, activities under this program will include: incubation and acceleration programs; training and workshops; access to mentors and resources; development, management and dissemination of a resource database; and the delivery of networking events to support the development of a women’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

- Janice Mady, Director, Research and Innovation Partnerships


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