Innovative Solutions Canada unites with StrikeUP to accelerate entrepreneurial innovation

Cobourg, ON – StrikeUP and Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) will unite at StrikeUP 2023 to continue accelerating innovation growth amongst women entrepreneurs in Canada. 

Innovative Solutions Canada’s government innovation program that supports Canadian businesses with R&D funding and real-life prototype testing, will be returning to StrikeUP’s virtual stage to host an expert workshop, educating attendees on how to sell to government and access grants to help bring their innovations to Canada’s marketplace. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from women entrepreneurs who benefited from ISC’s programs and discover more about their entrepreneurial journeys of securing business and funding from the government. 

“Our program is focused on encouraging the development of new innovative solutions, and creating a true culture of innovation in Canada. We can’t achieve this goal  would not be possible without contributions of women from coast to coast.  We are very pleased to partner with StrikeUp once again, to provide useful insights on how more women can benefit from our innovation funding streams.

Women are pioneering new frontiers in innovation, developing ideas, concepts, and solutions that are changing the future of business and the world around us.” said Wendy Curtis, Executive Director of NCFDC. “Through our collaborative efforts with Innovative Solutions Canada, StrikeUP 2023 is proud to offer the opportunity for innovators to gain the knowledge, resources, and support they need to take their venture to the next level.

StrikeUP 2023 will take place on March 2, 2023 and will bring together more than 4,000 women entrepreneurs from across Canada and provide access to mentorship, financing and networking. This year’s event will feature high profile speakers including Michele Romanow and Bobbie Racette. It will also feature an indigenous program stream dedicated to amplifying the stories of indigenous women entrepreneurs from across the country.

StrikeUP 2023 is supported by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s (FedDev Ontario) delivery of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund.

About StrikeUP

StrikeUP is Canada’s flagship digital conference uniting women entrepreneurs and the women entrepreneurship ecosystem, with a united vision of equity and inclusive economic growth through entrepreneurship. Founded by Northumberland CFDC and presented in partnership with The Scotiabank Women Initiative ® and Export Development Canada, StrikeUP 2023 will showcase the diversity and ambition of Canada’s women entrepreneurs through an accessible program focused on growth, funding, networking, digital adoption and global opportunities. Find out more about StrikeUP’s mission, vision, and community at

About FedDev Ontario

For more than 12 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving their productivity, growing their revenues, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects.

About the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES)

The Government of Canada’s WES is a greater than $6-billion investment that aims to increase women-owned businesses’ access to the financing, talent, networks and expertise they need to start up, scale up and access new markets. WES initiatives include the Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund (WELF), the WES Ecosystem Fund and the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH). Find out more at

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