In May, the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba hosted MP Terry Duguid for an announcement about an investment of more than $6.7 million to 14 Manitoba recipients through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. The goal of the strategy is to bolster resources for women entrepreneurs and help Manitoba women-led businesses grow, develop, use innovative digital technologies and ecommerce tools, and access global markets.
Attending the announcement were some of the successful applicants to the Women Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF). This Fund is a $30 million investment providing up to $100,000 in non-repayable contribution funding for 12 months. Due to the strong demand for WEF support and the exceptional quality of applications received from across Canada, the Government of Canada made an additional $10-million investment to fund approximately 100 more applicants, $2.5 million of which will go to Indigenous women entrepreneurs. These additional dollars will go to projects that were submitted in the first call for proposals. At this point, new applications are not being accepted.