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Accelerating Women is a research project that launched in April 2015.

The project has three main phases: i) ecosystem mapping and gap analysis; ii) technology development; and iii) marketing and training.


Females are slightly more likely than their male counterparts to have engaged in an innovation activity in the past three years. (TD Economics, 2015).

Media Launch and Press Release

Paul Calandra, MP announces funding to expand economic opportunities for women (pdf)

MP Paul Calandra (left), Accelerating Women Project Champion, Julie King (right)

Accelerating Women Media Launch, April 2015

In the News Grant to help women entrepreneurs connect

92.1 myFM Radio Interview

Markham Review: Calandra recognizes Women Business Leaders

Newsdesk: Paul Calandra, MP recognizes Women Business Leaders in Oak Ridges- Markham on International Women’s Day

Other Female Entrepreneurship News

Female entrepreneur seeks $1 million venture fund to spur startups

Accelerating Women

Funders and Partners:

The City of Barrie logo
Barrie Small Business Centre logo
YSBEC logo

Accelerating Women

A project to strengthen support for women entrepreneurs in York Region and Simcoe County.