Women entrepreneurs

Queen’s University is receiving federal funding from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, which helps to address gaps and build capacity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women. The Queen’s project, called WE-CAN (Women Entrepreneurs Can), is led by Queen’s University’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) team and includes several internal and external partners, including the City of Kingston, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, St. Lawrence College, the KEYS Job Centre, L-SPARK, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre, and the Queen's Business Law Clinic, that are responsible for designing and delivering new programs and services to support women-identifying entrepreneurs in Kingston and the surrounding region. The mission for WE-CAN is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women-identifying entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures. 

If you are interested in accessing many of our programs and services, please complete our Program Application Form 

 Learn more about WE-CAN

Veuillez  nous contacter pour discuter de vos intérêts et des services que nous pourrions offrir en français.

Queen's is authorized to allocate WES funding to the development and delivery of new programs and services that support three groups of women entrepreneurs in Kingston and neighbouring communities: women entrepreneurs in technology sectors, women entrepreneurs who identify as Indigenous, and women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.

To review approved programs and services, select the group(s) with which you identify:

Women entrepreneurs in a technology sector

Technology sector

Women entrepreneurs who identify as Indigenous


Women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups


Resources for women entrepreneurs

View Resources

Government of Canada logo linking to Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario website

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Nous reconnaissons l'appui  du gouvernement du Canada à travers l’Agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l’Ontario.

While all of the following programs and services will be delivered in English, certain programs and services will be made available in French in accordance with the terms of the Contribution Agreement between Queen’s University and the Government of Canada. Please  contact us to discuss your interests and needs.

Alors que tous les programmes et services seront offerts en anglais, certains programmes et services seront accessibles en français conformément aux modalités de l’accord de contribution entre l’Université Queen’s et le gouvernement du Canada. Prenez  contact avec nous pour discuter de vos intérêts et de vos besoins.