Some of my favourite makers are women and many of them are rockstar business owners as well. Creative businesses all across Canada like Paintlounge (featured on the blog HERE) are owned by women and these business create jobs, build our communities and support the Canadian economy.
To celebrate these women and discuss some of the challenges they face, Futurpreneur Canada, a national nonprofit supporting young entrepreneurs, hosted a Twitter chat on International Women’s Day. I was thrilled to participate and thoroughly enjoyed connecting with some amazing young female entrepreneurs, mentors and leaders.
My main takeaways:
- Women entrepreneurs experience unique challenges such as not being taken seriously. In fact, studies have shown that people prefer the same business pitch delivered by a man than by a woman!
- There is an unfortunate lack of role models for young women who are considering entrepreneurship. To encourage the launch of more women-led businesses, we need women entrepreneurs to stand up and share their stories – both of success and failure.
- There are a lot of different ways that we can remove barriers to entrepreneurship for women including building support networks, promoting existing resources like Futurpreneur and providing more opportunities around mentoring and funding.
Read a summary of this chat on Storify or check out the chat in full by following #FuturIWD on Twitter.