The I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba is now home to one of eight of the country’s regional Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) nodes. The U of M’s contributions will be amplified by the Asper School’s newly established Institute for Leadership Development, led by professor Suzanne Gagnon, one of the initial partners of this initiative.
WEKH is a national network of researchers, practitioners and key stakeholders designed to address the barriers and biases that can impede the success of female entrepreneurs. WEKH, which is led by Ryerson University, has a goal of increasing representation of women in entrepreneurship and advancing sustainable female economic participation in Canada. Recently, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced funding of $9 million for this initiative.
“We are happy and eager to partner with the other regional nodes across Canada to further empower and support women entrepreneurs by bringing together the knowledge and initiatives of Manitoba organizations working on this critical area for women and our economy,” Gagnon says. “We look forward to providing a knowledge hub for the many dedicated and leading organizations working specifically to support women’s entrepreneurship in the city and the province.”