Boost for women in tech
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 29, 2020 - Biz Releases

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Accelerate Okanagan is one of three groups that have joined forces in an effort to advance entrepreneurial tech women in B.C.

W Venture is a three-month pilot program for women in the Okanagan and in Victoria who are ready to “accelerate their business.” Accelerate Okanagan is working with the University of Victoria, and Victoria Innovation Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council on the initiative.

“We set out to co-create something that was truly collaborative and supported the unique needs of female entrepreneurs,” program manager Shelley Voyer said in a press 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.”

Kelowna’s PurposeFive and Communitech, which is located in Waterloo, Ont., are chipping in by helping to design the program, which will be delivered remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will allow women from all over the province to participate.

“The Digital Technology Supercluster is committed to inspiring community-wide growth and innovation, and it is paramount that the systematic challenges that women face are met with practical strategies and exceptional support,” Digital Technology Supercluster CEO Sue Paish said. “W Venture is one of several projects in our Capacity Building Program that seeks to close the gap and help women entrepreneurs succeed and our communities to thrive. Women-led businesses are a vital force for a vibrant economy.”

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