Women Breaking Barriers is the first virtual accelerator program that promotes women pursuing innovative careers through science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and social innovation in Peterborough, Haliburton and the Kawarthas.
This program will intake two cohorts of 10 women aged 18 or older through six months (per cohort) of fast-tracked programming and mentorship to reduce barriers for female founders to grow and scale their businesses.
With targeted training, mentorships, collaboration, and access to funding, Women Breaking Barriers is poised to change the lives and trajectory of female-led companies. The program is intended for startups with fewer than 10 employees or for those who are just at the idea stage, the program will provide learning, growth, and funding opportunities through a process designed to bring great minds together.
Canadian women entrepreneurs are key to our economic success, and they make invaluable contributions to our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women entrepreneurs. However, women still face unique and systemic barriers to starting and growing a business, and they remain underrepresented in our economy especially in STEM and Social Innovation.
This is also an excellent opportunity to commercialize research. The Innovation Cluster’s partnership with two world class education institutions in the region, Trent University and Fleming College, will ensure a smooth transition into business for the selected companies.
At the end of the six month program, each business will have the opportunity to pitch directly to angels investors in the Peterborough Region Angel Network for investment. This will give the companies the chance to not only receive investment but also have direct access to a group of experienced individuals with a wide network.
Applications open: August 4, 2020
Applications close: August 27, 2020 at 12NOON
Program begins: September 1, 2020
Program ends: February 28, 2021
Applications open: TBA