The Women Entrepreneurship Centre, which is part of the Lazaridis School of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University, has received $290,000 in funding from the federal government's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy's Ecosystem Fund.
It is part of $4.8 million in additional funding designed to support women entrepreneurs in the province as they adapt and grow during the pandemic.
"We are grateful for the federal government’s continuing commitment to the Women Entrepreneurship Centre at Laurier," Micheál J. Kelly, dean of Laurier's Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, said in a release. "This gift provided a much-needed platform for talented women across essential industries to innovate and to breathe new life into the Canadian economy."
The announcement was made by the federal minister of small business, export promotion and international trade at the StrikeUP 2021 conference.
With the funding, the Women Entrepreneurship Centre has been able to help entrepreneurs across southern Ontario, particularly those businesses within retail, hospitality, allied health and food sectors that need digital marketing support.