DivE In: May 2023

DivE In is your monthly source to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) news, events and stories. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter to be notified when a blogpost is published. If you have any opportunities or news to share, please email programs(at)venturelabs.ca


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The Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund (IWEF)

  • Apply for a $2000 grant through the Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund
  • Deadline: May 19, 2023

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP): Women-Led Cohort

  • Five-day program designed to help women-led SMEs TAP into their full export potential
  • Deadline: May 23, 2023

TiE Women

  • Win up to USD100,000 in equity-free prize money in this global pitch competition
  • TiE Women is an annual program for mentoring, advising, and providing investor access to female founders
  • Deadline: June 15, 2023


  • A free mentoring network created by the Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology (SCWIST) to advance professionals in STEM careers

RBCx Mentor Meetup for women in tech

  • Sign up today

Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship program

  • The Indigenous Innovation Initiative has an ongoing request for proposals for Indigenous initiatives beginning spring 2023


The WEKH See It. Be It. Database spotlights the stories of women entrepreneurs making an impact.

Lily Tse launched the Think Dirty app in 2013 to help ingredient-conscious shoppers find natural beauty brands. In the last decade, her business reach expanded to 33 countries and collected more than 30 million scans by users in the app.

VentureLabs has partnered with Toronto Metropolitan University’s Diversity Institute as a BC partner for the 50 – 30 Challenge.


The Challenge is aimed at advancing gender parity and increasing diversity on boards and in senior leadership roles. The aim:

  • 50% of board seats and leadership roles held by women and non-binary people
  • 30% of board seats and leadership roles held by members of other under-represented and/or equity-seeking groups (including racialized, Black and/or people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ people, and Indigenous people)

VentureLabs is proud to be the Regional Hub for the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) in BC. We are driven to create a more inclusive and supportive environment to grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. We challenge stereotypes, overcome barriers, and bring resources together in support of women entrepreneurs.

WEKH is a Government of Canada initiative that brings together service providers, programs, partners, and research across Canada in support of women entrepreneurs.

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