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Woman entrepreneur? Woman working in STEM? Woman wanting to pursue either/both careers? See what programs RISE members have available to you!

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EPIC Nimble

Offered By: University of Windsor – EPICentre

Funded by FedDev Ontario, the EPIC Nimble Program is launched in partnership with WEtech Alliance and WindsorEssex Small Business Centre (SBC) to support existing traditional small businesses currently facing challenges in their businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will support participants looking to adopt technology to either create new revenue streams or to pivot to a new business model in order to achieve sustainability and stay competitive in the fast-changing marketplace.


Offered By: University of Windsor – EPICentre

This program aims to equip startups with female co-founders with tools and resources to create a successful business venture. The program curriculum and structure are specifically designed with special attention to the identification and elimination of systemic barriers to progress for women in entrepreneurship; especially in emerging technologies.

Program participants will receive benefits valued at over $2,000 including the opportunity to attend weekly workshops with distinguished guest speakers, one-on-one mentoring, and a collaborative, hands-on approach to business model validation.

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Starter Company Plus

Offered By: Small Business Centre

If you have an idea for a business, or you’re currently running a great business and need assistance to grow it – Starter Company Plus incubation program is here to help! Starter Company Plus is an Ontario government program facilitated by local Small Business Enterprise Centres to provide entrepreneurs with the resources and knowledge they need to start, purchase or grow their own business.

Summer Company

Offered By: Small Business Centre

Summer Company is an Ontario government program that provides young people with the resources and knowledge they need to start a new summer business.
As a Summer Company entrepreneur, you get:

  • Start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • Hands-on business training, advice and mentorship from local business leaders
  • An award of up to $3,000
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Innovation Catalyst

Offered By: WEtech Alliance

This program aims to activate frontline staff into internal engines of innovation by working with frontline female employees from emerging technology companies and associations to participate in a ground-breaking professional development program.

Innovation Catalyst has been successfully carried out across a broad spectrum of partners such as ENWIN utilities, Schlegel Villages long-term care, Automate Canada, and the Public School Board.

EPIC Founders Program

Offered By: University of Windsor – EPICentre

The RBC EPIC Founders Program is an intensive 12-week startup accelerator program for students and recent graduates who want to turn their ideas into businesses. Participants accepted into this program will receive a stipend of up to $6,000 per person that can be used as seed funding for the business

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EPIC Discovery Program

EPIC Discovery Program

Offered By: University of Windsor – EPICentre

The EPIC Discovery Program is meant for students and recent alumni looking to explore their entrepreneurial ideas. Maybe you have an idea for a new product or service, or something really innovative and unique. This program offers a wide variety of benefits – but most of all, it offers a chance for you to jump into something completely different and non-traditional.