Women’s social enterprise development is SEE’s focus until the spring of 2022. WOSEN aims to broaden and diversify the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women, through inclusive design and Indigenous knowledge and practice.
This phase supports new and expanding women-led enterprises and ecosystem development through a number of programming opportunities including:
Ideation/Start and Resilience business workshops, peer mentoring and tailored coaching;
Women-Centered Innovation Learning (WIT) to increase understanding about social purpose organizations, services and businesses and enrich relationships and networks;
Women Impact Investor Network (WIIN) to connect entrepreneurs to investment opportunities; and,
Social Enterprise Ecosystem Development (SEED) to provide training for business coaches and expand the ecosystem.
The WOSEN partnership supports diverse women-identifying social entrepreneurs across Ontario as part of the Federal Government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund to advance gender equality in the economy. Announced in 2018, WES seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.This investment is particularly important for northern women who have typically been excluded from the dominant resource-extractive economy.
The WOSEN project is a collaborative led by Pillar NonProfit in partnership with NORDIK Institute and SEE, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) and Social Venture Connexion (SVX). SEE is overseeing the project’s delivery in Northern Ontario.
The following culturally appropriate resources were developed by SEE to meet the needs of Northern Ontario’s small, rural, Indigenous and Francophone communities.
Northern Ontario Service Providers