WE-CAN: Taking Your Tech Idea to Market


Tuesday October 20, 2020
6:00 am - 7:00 am


Virtual Workshop
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About this Event

Are you an Ontario woman entrepreneur with an innovative idea for a tech business? Learn how the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) can help you take your tech idea to market.

In this 1-hour session led by Feiran Zhou, Business Development and Commercialization Manager at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), women entrepreneurs will learn more about existing programs and supports for tech-based businesses.

This workshop will include:

  • An overview of the OCE programs available to support your tech idea
  • A discussion of funding opportunities available for innovative tech businesses
  • An interactive Q&A session with Feira Zhou


Feiran Zhou is a Business Development and Commercialization Manager at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). For the past 10 years, she has been working closely with entrepreneurs in the tech ecosystem. She is passionate about learning about emerging technologies and working with innovators. For her, the most rewarding experience is witnessing innovative ideas come to life. Outside of work, Feiran enjoys travel, watercolour painting and spending time in the kitchen


Funded by the Government of Ontario, OCE drives the creation of high-quality jobs and fuels economic development by accelerating the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors, building the economy of tomorrow and securing Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing so, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, digital media and information communications, advanced health, energy, cleantech, automotive and ag-tech to drive economic growth and foster made-in-Ontario solutions.


The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund is providing $3.2 million for Queen’s University to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in the community.

The focus of the WES strategy is to provide support to women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.