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New Okanagan business program provides women mentoring boost

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June 29, 2020 - 5:30 PM

A three-month program is now available to Okanagan women who are hoping to accelerate their business.

W Venture participants will gain a new skill set to address their own unique business challenges which will be done with support from mentors and subject-matter experts, according to an Accelerate Okanagan news release.

“We set out to co-create something that was truly collaborative and supported the unique needs of female entrepreneurs,” said program manager Shelley Voyer, in the release. “Women from across the province told us they wanted a program that is actionable and accountable while focusing on her unique journey. W Venture delivers on this promise. I hope any woman who is bold enough to build her own tech-enabled company applies.”

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Leveraging the expertise of Accelerate Okanagan, the University of Victoria, VIATEC and their partners, training is set to create a meaningful impact for entrepreneurial women.

Only 10 per cent of Victoria’s tech companies have a female founder and less than 39 per cent of the tech workforce in the Okanagan is female, Accelerate Okanagan said.

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The program will be delivered remotely due to COVID-19 which allows women from across B.C. to sign up.

Applications are open now until July 31 and the program begins in early September.

For more information about W Venture and to apply, visit Venture's website here.


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