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Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021| startGBC | Week-long Events & Discussions


startGBC Women Entrepreneurship Week


George Brown College is once again proud to be an official collaboration partner to the 2021 Women Entrepreneurship Week global programming. We celebrate our Women Entrepreneurs every day and WEW gives us a special platform to inspire more to consider and take up entrepreneurship. 2021 is certainly a different kind of year and so all of our offerings this year will be brought to you online, bringing meaningful content that will help women build their businesses and feel inspired.


WEW - In Discussion With - Oct 18 2021


WEW 2021 | In Discussion With

Join us for an amazing session of experiences and knowledge sharing with our women entrepreneurs. It will be an open session to ask industry or business specific questions, share experiences as a woman entrepreneur, the barriers faced and the strategies and methods used to overcome hurdles.

Date & Time: Mon, Oct 18, 2021 – 4 p.m.


WEW | YOU The Brand


WEW 2021 | YOU The Brand

Join us for a celebration of WEW with Nesh Pillay as she imparts tips on building – your personal brand! Nesh Pillay is the founder of Press Pillay. She is also currently the Newcomers Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library, she works with new immigrants to bring their startup ideas to life.

Date & Time: Tue, Oct 19, 2021 – 1 p.m.


WEW - Mindfulness - Oct 21 2021


WEW 2021 | Mindfulness: Road to Self-Compassion

Lizelle is a mindfulness mentor and in celebration of WEW she will share how mindfulness supports a practice of self-care and self-compassion that is vital in discovering one’s soul purpose. In Lizelle's words - Let’s give ourselves the love we give everyone else.

Self care is key.

Date & Time: Thu, Oct 21, 2021 – 1 p.m.


WEW | #WhyNotMe


WEW 2021 | #WhyNotMe Speaker Session

Come and listen to four amazing George Brown College women entrepreneurs as they share with you how their entrepreneurial journey has unfolded. This session will be open for discussions and also give you some guidance on what they wished they knew at the start of their stories.

Date & Time: Fri, Oct 22, 2021 – 12 p.m.

GBC #WhyNotMe Entrepreneur Spotlight

George Brown College

Laura Roppa Headshot & MeLor Logo


startGBC is celebrating the 2021 Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) global programming this October. We celebrate our women entrepreneurs and share their journey in hopes that we inspire more women to pursue entrepreneurship.


For this month’s Spotlight Entrepreneur – we are proud to introduce you to – Laura Roppa. Laura is the CEO and Co-Founder of MeLor Inc. – the largest network of child care professionals in the GTA.

What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring entrepreneurs?


“You must put you, your goals before anyone and anything for a solid year, it will change your life.” – Laura Roppa

Upcoming Events

George Brown College

Venture For Canada


Venture for Canada 2022 Fellowship

The Fellowship Program supports recent post-secondary grads & startups across Canada. The program is designed for ambitious, curious graduates looking to invest in the training, support & network needed to launch their entrepreneurial careers.

Applicants should apply by Oct 1st. There will be a further intake period in November.

Apply By: October 1, 2021 or in November

Artscape Daniels Launchpad

Artscape Daniels Launchpad | Free Membership Offer

For a limited time, get a 1-month free trial membership including $100 credits toward Digital Media Lab bookings and 36 hours in the Creative Studio of your choice. No commitments. The plans offer individual artists and emerging creative ventures more flexibility to design their membership experience for just $29.95/mth and with pay-as-you-go pricing starting at just $3/hour for studio time.

Applications Open Now

Boss Women Entrepreneurship BootCamp


Boss Women Entrepreneurship Program


After 4 successful cohorts, BBPA is back with the Season 5 of the Boss Women Entrepreneurial Program! The BWEP is a bootcamp that teaches Black women entrepreneurs on ways to execute a business idea, scale up an existing business, financial planning, accounting, marketing, sales and more for 13 weeks.

Do not miss the BBPA Boss Women Entrepreneurship Training Sponsored by Ryerson and TJMaxx.

Registration Open Now

Hands On-Video Techniques to Boost Startup Growth Using a Smart Phone


Smart Phone Video Techniques to Boost Startup Growth


Having eye-catching video of your work is a great way to connect with your audience. This workshop will focus on photography and videography using mobile devices. We’ll dive into your settings, tools, techniques, tips and tricks to help you get the best footage.

Hands-ON workshops take place in a small group setting designed to develop the skills needed by early-stage entrepreneurs to successfully start and grow their ventures.

Date & Time: Tue, Oct 5, 12 PM - 1 PM

Business in the Streets’ 2021 Virtual Fall Programs


Business in the Streets’ 2021 Virtual Fall Program


Business in the Streets is a community-focused, registered charity, providing practical mentorship and business training for young people, giving them access to personalized support and resources to help them thrive in an ever-changing world and economy.

We are excited to announce that the intake for our 8-Week Virtual Fall Programs is now open. Programs commence on Saturday, October 16th, 2021.

Apply By: Fri, Oct 8, 2021

Future Skills Program

Future Skills Program | For Small Businesses

Future Skills Centre is a forward-thinking research and collaboration hub dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success and meeting the emerging talent needs of employers. As a pan-Canadian community, FSC brings together experts and organizations across sectors to rigorously identify, assess, and share innovative approaches to develop the skills needed to drive prosperity and inclusion.

Date & Time: Oct 18 - Oct 21, 2021

MSU Women Entrepreneurship Week


MSU Women Entrepreneurship Week


MSU will be celebrating our 8th annual Women Entrepreneurship Week, on campus and across the globe! Attend the MSU Women Entrepreneurship Week event on 10/20 – you can join us in-person or virtually! We will be in discussion with some amazing female founders, innovators and entrepreneurs like: Bobbi Brown, Melissa Gorga, Rebekah Borucki and many more!

Date & Time: Wed, Oct 20, 1 PM - 4:30 PM

Marketplace Simulation Challenge

Marketplace Simulation Challenge

The Marketplace Simulation Challenge is a half-day, fast-paced competition where teams compete within a simulated business ecosystem to start and manage their own businesses. You will need a team that will compete against other teams. The top three winning teams will receive cash prizes in the amount of $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $400 for third place.

Apply By: October 22, 2021

Open Innovation ChallengeGeorge Brown College


Cooperathon 2021


2021 COOPERATHON: Turn your idea into an innovative project with high impact!

If you have a startup project in mind or if you want to get involved in a project that will make a difference, come explore your potential and discover open and social innovation in practice!

From September 28 to November 21, you are invited to participate in the 6th edition of Cooperathon.

You will join an accelerated online program and be supported by mentors to develop your idea as a team. You will be prepared to enter a pitch competition and have the opportunity to win up to $100,000 in prizes & grants. Learn more about Cooperathon & register NOW:

Deadline to Apply: October 8, 2021

BMC ComepetitionGeorge Brown College


EPIC BMC Competition

The RBC EPIC BMC Competition invites student entrepreneurs to learn about all things BMC! Starting from business models, business model validation, and the business model canvas and then demonstrate their understanding. They will do so through a video submission of their own entrepreneurial experiences that exhibit these concepts. Semi-finalists will then be chosen to participate in live presentations based on their video submissions.

Semi-Finals and Finals Commence November 13th, 2021

Deadline to Apply: October 24, 2021

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