Starting a business can be a challenging and isolating endeavour, especially when part of a minority group with minimal resources, tools, and mentors available to lean on.
Facing obstacles those in more privileged positions might not, self-identified women entrepreneurs deserve the support needed to make their dreams a reality.
The economic turmoil caused by COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women entrepreneurs. According to the BDC, many women are now struggling to keep their businesses afloat because they tend to run smaller businesses, receive less funding, and are generally concentrated in service sectors that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
To address the issue, Uber Canada and The Forum have partnered to create programming that will assist women in making their business dreams come to fruition.
Divided into two different streams, The Forum Growth Series program aims to equip women entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to thrive.
The first stream — called The Forum Growth Series: Shift — is designed for all business owners focusing on how women can transition into entrepreneurship with ease and turn their business idea into a successful, fully-operating company.
The second stream of the programming — The Forum Growth Series: Resto — will be targeted at restaurant owners who are looking to grow their business and continue to thrive in the food service industry. This stream will help entrepreneurs develop actionable ideas, community partnerships, and resources to either start their own business or take their existing one to the next level.
The Forum, which has supported over 10,000 women entrepreneurs since 2002, is an apt fit for this partnership, bringing their educational tools and mentorship programming to the context of women who use the Uber platform.
If you’re a self-identified woman who uses Uber who would like the opportunity to grow — or start — your business, sign up here before January 28th.