Canadian government responds to need for more female entrepreneurs


TORONTO, CANADA – FEBRUARY 27th, 2018 – Today’s federal budget took aim at the dismal number of female-led businesses. Standing at just 16 per cent, women entrepreneurs can now capitalize on historic investments to position themselves for launch, scale and export.

The investments build on the federal government’s track record of funding for organizations that effectively support women entrepreneurs, including Futurpreneur Canada. Each year, 40 per cent of the 1,000+ businesses launched by 18-39 year-old clients of Futurpreneur are female-led.

“The Government of Canada clearly recognizes the tremendous value to aspiring women entrepreneurs of the business skills development, mentoring and growth support that are hallmarks of Futurpreneur Canada’s Start-up program.” said Futurpreneur Canada CEO Julia Deans. “We are excited to see new opportunities to grow our support for women and to collaborate with the Business Development Bank of Canada and other partners to help them bring their entrepreneurial dreams to life and make their full mark on the Canadian economy.”

Futurpreneur Canada prides itself on being a leading resource, having supported more than 10,000 young Canadians in creating businesses across the country. Futurpreneur Canada welcomes additional budget announcements that will improve opportunities for women and other entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities for export, venture capital, federal procurement, intellectual property development and federal advice and programs.


About Futurpreneur Canada
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of enterprising young Canadians since 1996. We’re the only national, non-profit organization that provides resources, financing and mentoring to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of over 3,000 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Zandra Miljan
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Futurpreneur Canada
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