In 2020 Startup Canada engaged over 40,000 women through the Women Entrepreneur programming. That is incredibly successful especially during COVID19! What the numbers really tell us – Women Entrepreneurs are seeking meaningful opportunities.

Although there are nearly 1 million women entrepreneurs in Canada, only 16% of small and medium-sized enterprises are majority women-owned, and women own only 10% of high growth firms.

The week of International Women’s Day, Startup Peel will host a virtual conference adopting the official 2021 International Women’s Day directive – #ChooseToChallenge . Thanks to sponsors like IRIS R&D for making this event possible. IRIS R&D sponsorship will provide Conference Admission to several Women Business leaders.

We have some great #IWD2021Peel Guest Speakers and Panelists lined up for a full day conference starting with…

  • MP Ruby Sahota
  • MP Sonia Sidhu
  • Jackie Porter
  • Miryam Lazarte
  • Vickie Joseph

Stay tuned for more great speakers discussing topics from Cybersecurity to Mental Health. This year we will be hosting a pitch event. *Details to be shared soon.


See you March 11th to Celebrate our virtual International Women’s Day Conference. Connect with Startup Peel on Twitter and follow the hashtag #IWD2021Peel and #ChooseToChallenge on the day.