W.E. Mean Business… Do you?

News Release
October 22, 2015

London, ON – Presently, only 22% of university aged entrepreneurs are women – a fact that has not gone unnoticed at Canada’s only women’s university. Brescia University College, in partnership with Propel Western and Leap Junction Fanshawe, is pleased to offer a free one-day conference available to all post-secondary women. The W.E. (Women Entrepreneurs) Mean Business Conference, hosted by Brescia on October 29th, is designed by women, for women to demonstrate how a simple idea can become a business. Students will benefit from the guidance of over 40 entrepreneurs and mentors.

“Current research outlines that women are less likely than men to become entrepreneurs,” states Brescia Associate Professor and conference organizer Colleen Sharen. “Our hope is that the W.E Mean Business Conference will inspire and motivate young women through interactions with female role models and mentors, and connect with like-minded students to cultivate potential future business ideas.”

The one-day conference, part of Brescia’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (Her WEI), will present a unique and interactive opportunity for post-secondary women to explore entrepreneurship as a viable career path.  Highlights of the day include: a keynote address from Sarah Landstreet, founder of Georgette Packaging; interactive breakout sessions, allowing students to work with a team of mentors and entrepreneurs to develop a product or service; a complimentary lunch and tradeshow, where students can gain valuable insights and guidance from local businesses and entrepreneurs. The conference will conclude with the W.E. Mean Business Networking Event, where participants will be given the opportunity to make important connections with other participants, mentors and entrepreneurs.

“Western University and Fanshawe College are wonderful partners in education,” says Brescia’s Interim Principal, Dr. Donna Rogers. “We are delighted to connect with them to offer this unique entrepreneurship conference for women.”

W.E Mean Business will be hosted at Brescia University College on Thursday, October 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Parking is free for the day. To register or learn more about the W.E. Mean Business Conference, please visit: http://brescia.uwo.ca/wemb/


For more information please contact:

Cathy Fox, Manager Communication and Marketing at 519-432-8353, ext 28293 or at cfox54@uwo.ca, or Caitlin Core, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or at ccore@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,550 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, Business, 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://media.bresciauc.ca/

Western University’s Propel and LEAP Junction at Fanshawe College, are local partners in entrepreneurship and are part of the Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) program, an initiative of the Ontario Government and administered through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

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Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Location: Brescia University College

Time:  9:00 Opening remarks (St. James Building Auditorium)

9:30 – 11:45 Breakout sessions (St. James Building Auditorium)

11:45 -1:00 Complimentary lunch and tradeshow (The Mercato)

1:00- 2:00 W.E. Mean Business Networking event (St. James Building Auditorium)