Making Moves

Advancing Entrepreneurial Women

W Venture is a personalized 3-month program for entrepreneurial women seeking to grow their business. You will receive a curated experience with hands-on individualized support, subject matter expertise, and a peer community of ambitious women.

 

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What to Expect

BOUNDLESS OPPORTUNITIES

Skill Building

Together, we will build a personalized plan to help you acquire the skills you need to advance. All based on your goals, your experience, and stage of your company. We create your unique roadmap, identifying what skills, knowledge and support systems will help you on your entrepreneurial journey.

Curated Workshops

Advance your knowledge base and hard skills in core business areas such as Strategy, Finance, Sales, Digital Marketing and Growth Capital delivered by world-class professionals who are dedicated to your success. All in a format that lets you choose what you need to learn.

Impact Initiative

We’re committed to helping you work through the obstacles holding you back from success. Together we will identify a major challenge that you are currently facing and partner you with the right subject matter expert (SME) to help solve that challenge.

Holistic Support

Grow professionally and personally with the option to work with an experienced female mentor matched to your needs. Our peer accountability group will help you stay on track and can relate to your challenges. Additional W Venture community gatherings connect you to a province-wide network of like-minded entrepreneurial women.

W Venture is a fit for..

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Location

Your business is located in the Okanagan Valley from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm.

Business

You have an innovative, tech-enabled product or service in-market.

Ready

You are ready growth and want to expand your business.

Ready to join W Venture?

Get Growing

We are not currently running a W Venture cohort but there are still lots of ways we can help and other programs to participate in. Connect with our Programs Team by completing our quick application form.

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Why We Built This

W Venture seeks to close the gap and help women entrepreneurs succeed and our communities to thrive.

Women are founding more businesses than ever before with 3 times the rate of male entrepreneurs since 1976 (BDC report). However female entrepreneurs are underrepresented making up only 28% of the entrepreneurial population and highly underfunded with only 2.2% (Pitchbook) of venture dollars going to female-led companies. The gap is significant.

Yet time and research have shown us that female-led businesses are not just nice to have but a vital force for a vibrant economy, a trillion-dollar opportunity we can not let pass.

W Venture was co-created by VIATEC, The University of Victory,  PurposeFive, and Accelerate Okanagan alongside active women entrepreneurs and executives.

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This program has helped me not just learn, but understand the sales process. What I have learned will be infinitely valuable as I try to get my first customer. As well, I’ve made great connections—with both wonderful people and those who can really help further my mission by leveraging their networks.

Anjali

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