Female Entrepreneurship to receive needed boost

January 16, 2014
News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

London, ON –Students pursuing post-secondary education in London are invited to a Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Showcase on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Brescia University College. The event will show women from Western University, King’s University College, Huron University College, Fanshawe College, and Brescia how they can become entrepreneurs and how they can imagine opening their own businesses. Brescia, partnering with Western BizInc., the student incubator at Western University and Fanshawe College, will together host a vibrant and collaborative event. After being cancelled due to inclement weather in November, the event has been successfully rescheduled.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (Her WEI) is a new venture that will attempt to redress some of the challenges facing women in the world who own businesses. Spokesperson Ms. Colleen Sharen, an Associate Professor at Brescia, says of this need, “Fewer than 15% of small businesses and fewer than 8% of medium-sized businesses are owned by women. And college and university women report not being interested in entrepreneurship because it doesn’t fit their personality. We want to change that. We know that to turn the tide we need to offer strong role models, coaches, mentors and investors to help young women start businesses.”

The showcase on January 22nd will do just that as it will be a unique opportunity for young women in the city to explore entrepreneurship as a career. They will be inspired by successful entrepreneurs who will be in attendance. A number of female entrepreneurs and female social entrepreneurs as well as organizations that support entrepreneurship in the London area, including Scotiabank and London Small Business Centre, will be on hand with literature, ideas, and words of encouragement for the assembled students. John Pollock, the Director of BizInc., says, “We are very excited to showcase our student entrepreneurs to the wider community and to open some new doors for mentorship.”

The event is free of charge as is parking. Light refreshments will be served and students will have the opportunity to learn more about local businesses run by women, to ask questions, and make connections. For more information and to register, visit http://brescia.uwo.ca/HerWEI.html.

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or colleen.aguilar@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/media/index.html