Canadian women start more businesses than women in any other country, and yet they continue to face unique barriers as entrepreneurs. The recently launched Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) aims to address these barriers and the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs.

Led by The Diversity Institute at Ryerson University, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management, WEKH is a nation-wide network of researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders aiming to reduce barriers and grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.

With regional hubs and a network of more than 75 partners, Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is building a national network and accessible digital platform for sharing research, resources, and leading strategies. – The Diversity Institute

On June 12, Impact Hub Ottawa was honoured to host and celebrate the launch of WEKH in along with Regional Hubs Carleton University and the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise.

We opened our doors to Minister Mary Ng and over 150 entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, researchers, service providers, and diversity and inclusion champions from across sectors to shine a spotlight on diverse perspectives from across the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Through a lively panel discussion, engaging breakout sessions and a lightning talk showcase, guests gained a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in making entrepreneurship more inclusive in our region. We even tested out the Hub’s first-ever pop up child care service provided by a young entrepreneur. You could say that the children who participated got a kick-start on networking themselves.

Visit The Diversity Institute to learn more about Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and explore the photo album of the event to get a taste of the evening yourself.