Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

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About WEKH


The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) shares research and resources on women entrepreneurs in Canada.

Made up of 10 regional hubs, WEKH operates in both official languages and includes a network of over 250 organizations, reaching more than 100,000 women entrepreneurs.

WEKH is a part of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy that aims to increase women entrepreneurs’ access to financing, talent, networks and expertise. Using a methodology developed by the Boston Consulting Group and the Cherie Blair Foundation (2019), it is estimated that closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship in Canada could add $41-$81 billion to Canada’s GDP.

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WEKH Alberta Hub


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Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business is proud to be the regional Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub for Alberta. Driven by the national WEKH mandate, our regional hub works to support Alberta's women entrepreneurs through information, resources and connection. We challenge gender stereotypes, bring awareness to female entrepreneurial success and opportunity and connect women entrepreneurs to the organizations that serve them.

By working with key partners throughout Alberta and across Canada, we are mapping the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to build a community of practice that is more inclusive and supportive to women entrepreneurs.

 

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MRU Spotlights

Student, alumni and faculty entrepreneurs


We highlight emerging and established entrepreneurs who are students, faculty or alumni of Mount Royal University who self-identify as women.

You can find more information about these entrepreneurs and past spotlights on our MRU Spotlights page:

 

Do you know an outstanding entrepreneur? Nominate them by clicking the button below and filling out our nomination form:

 

Dina Ibrahim, Student

Dina Ibrahim is the founder of HYAT CO. which strives to bring affordable and high-quality hijabs to women all across the world. She uses her platform through the business to bring awareness to different issues in the modest fashion community and hopes to expand her collections to offer more products.

Specifically, she has been an advocate for plus-size women and hopes to create a safe space for them to share their own fashion ideas.

Emily Robitaille, Student

Emily is passionate about evoking social change, particularly in the fashion industry. She is the Founder of Swim by Em, a swimwear label that aims to create confidence in a space that most females dread.

By combining her struggles with finding properly fitting swimwear and her love for fashion design, she has created a company that aims to eliminate the negative feelings associated with the bikini shopping experience.

Aislinn Grant, Alumni

Aislinn is the Founder of Grant–a design studio that creates meaningful brand identities for businesses and entrepreneurs through Canada. She's worked with everyone from amazing solopreneurs to organizations like TD and Westjet, and has been an entrepreneur from the age of 16.

Aislinn enjoys spending her free time mentoring university students at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and co-running PB&J (a community of female entrepreneurs dedicated to Playing Big).

 

 

Our Goals


+ Knowledge development and dissemination

 

+ Teaching, learning and student engagement

 

+ Building a community of practice

 

 

Research and Resources


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WEKH Alberta Podcast


WEKH is proud to present Women Redefining, a podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of women entrepreneurs in Alberta who are fighting the odds and finding success.

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WEKH Partners


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