It's a great time to be a Female Entrepreneur in Canada

by Rob Lewis | Startups

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%".

The deadline for GrowLab applications is June 15th and the deadline for FounderFuel applications is July 1st. Both inaugural programs kick off on August 15th.

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.

GrowLab Ventures Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GrowLab supports the World's best entrepreneurs through seed funding, office space, mentorship & programming in Vancouver & San Francisco. more

Montréal, Québec, Canada

FounderFuel is a top tier mentor-driven accelerator that helps early stage web, mobile and SaaS startups raise seed capital. We believe startup success is more about the people than the idea. We take a lot of care in choosing the smartest and most dedicated, passionate and resourceful people possible. Our intensive 12 week program accelerates your startup by helping you to increase traction,... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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