Despite what we've all been reading, I think it's a great time to be a female entrepreneur in Canada.
We've got two brand spanking new startup accelerators - FounderFuel in Montreal and GrowLab in Vancouver - and they're both very eager to have female representation in their inaugural group of portfolio companies.
Some of this renewed interest is likely due to a recent backlash (here and here) that included many wondering why female entrepreneurs continue to be excluded from the tech community. In the case of GrowLab co-founder Debbie Landa, she has a unique opportunity to put her money where her mouth is and avoid being part of a lonely minority.
But not if female entrepreneurs don't apply.
"We've had a good number of applicants so far but would love to see more women entrepreneurs apply for GrowLab, I know they are out there" said co-founder Debbie Landa, "I look forward to the day that over 50% of our applicants will come from women instead of only 5%".
It's safe to say that at least one female-led startup is going to get funded by one of these accelerators. So if you're a female entrepreneur, it would be smart to apply to both programs now.