StrikeUP extends partnership with Export Development Canada to launch StrikeUP 2023

Cobourg, ON – StrikeUP extends their partnership with Export Development Canada (EDC), announcing their return as co-presenting partner for the StrikeUP 2023 digital conference for women entrepreneurs. 

Women entrepreneurs face unique barriers when it comes to building a business, but these factors can be overcome with the right resources and connections,” said Julie Pottier, Senior Vice-President, Small Business, Partnerships and Head of Insurance, EDC. “We’re pleased to partner with StrikeUP for the second consecutive year to help inspire, educate and build awareness of the benefits of exporting so that more women-owned and-led businesses can scale their businesses globally.

With a high demand from Canadian women-owned and -led businesses seeking to better understand the international trade sector, StrikeUP and EDC will continue their work together at StrikeUP 2023 to provide professional guidance and insights on how to reach global potential with confidence. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a dedicated workshop led by an industry professional, to learn how to build and manage effective strategies to maintain long-term success in new global markets.   

EDC’s contributions towards StrikeUP have served our community tremendously by providing key contacts and opportunities to grow globally,” said Wendy Curtis, Executive Director of NCFDC. “Together, we are propelling positive change in the trade industry, with more women learning how to excel beyond Canada’s borders. With EDC’s support, StrikeUP 2023 can escalate this momentum even further.

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

About EDC

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian businesses make an impact at home and abroad. EDC has the financial products and knowledge Canadian companies need to confidently enter new markets, reduce financial risk and grow their business as they go from local to global. Together, EDC and Canadian companies are building a more prosperous, stronger and sustainable economy for all Canadians. For more information and to learn how we can help your company, call us at 1-800-229-0575 or visit

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