A bi-national partnership between the Entrepreneur Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) and the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto aims to introduce UWindsor students to American entrepreneurs.
The SpeakHer series aims to inspire and empower students to discover endless opportunities within the realm of entrepreneurship as well as strengthen the ties between Canada and the United States to form a close-knit entrepreneurial network for women.
The series will run eight sessions over the winter and fall of 2022. Attendance is free and will provide a platform to learn, engage, and network.
EPICentre director Wen Teoh welcomes the opportunity to make a cross-border connection.
“Through this partnership, we’re thrilled to not only help provide entrepreneurial guidance but also mentorship from inspiring professionals across various industries,” she says. “We’re also looking forward to strengthening the ties between bi-national entrepreneurs and providing changemakers with the connections they need to further succeed in their journey.”
After a difficult period, this series will provide a new perspective into what avenues are available to students when considering a future in entrepreneurship, says U.S. consul general Susan Crystal.
“We strongly believe that to Build Back Better, we must support women entrepreneurs,” Crystal says. “We hope that the U.S.- Canada virtual speakers and networking sessions will encourage young Canadian women to pursue entrepreneurship while engaging entrepreneurship centres on both sides of the Windsor-Detroit border.”