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    • IEF’s 2022/23 Micro-grant Update

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February 2023

Welcome to Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) January 2023 Newsletter! Check out the exciting news, events, and resources made available to inspire you and support your business.

22/23 Micro-Grants

Thank you to our network for the overwhelming response and applications received for IEF’s 2022/23 Micro-grants, presented in partnership with UPS

With an open call for applications running from December 13, 2022 to February 14, 2023, the charity received a total of 2049 applications under the four micro-grant categories: The UPS Climate-Related Product Innovation Micro-grant, the TD Bank Women Identifying Business Owner Micro-grants (3), the  Meta Digital Innovator Micro-grant, and the UPS Global Impact Micro-grant.

The difficult task of adjudication is almost complete, and the IEF 2022/23 Micro-grant recipients will be notified by February 28, 2023. 

Stay tuned as we share the stories of the IEF 2022/23 Micro-grant recipients in March and April, and on the charity’s website!

Green Shield Canada’s Room for Her: Free Mental Health & Wellness Support 


Many women identifying entrepreneurs are actively seeking mental health support and struggling to find timely, affordable, and meaningful solutions.

Our friends at Green Shield Canada have developed Room for Her, an initiative that supports anyone identifying as a woman in Canada on their mental health journey. Room for Her offers a free counselling session, and free 12-month access to Tranquility Online’s internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) program. Access Room for Her’s complementary counselling session and free one-year subscription to Tranquility Online’s iCBT program here.

Joe Harry, entrepreneur and founder of the Global Black Alliance (GBA), is spreading the word about a Black-owned business that is changing the way consumers shop.

RealOnes app is a free GPS for Black-owned businesses and allies of Black communities, founded by GBARealOnes provides a place for allies to immediately connect through entrepreneurship, commerce, social justice, humanitarianism and more in a time where people must make smart decisions about how they spend their money, and the causes/businesses they support. 

Any company or community member can be represented on the app provided their values align with GBA’s mission: to connect customers to Black-owned businesses & allies locally and around the world.

Learn more about Joe Harry’s call to action that inspired him to found the Global Black Alliance and the RealOnes app here. #JoinTheGBA #JoinTheMovement

RealOnes app

The Founder’s Journey, by Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, Western University

The Founder’s Journey is a FREE online asynchronous course taught by award-winning professors from Ivey Business School at Western University. 

This 8-module course will guide participants through the step-by-step process of launching a business. Professors provide insights and use real-life business cases to help students understand the entrepreneurial process. The course can be completed in less than four hours and participants earn a certificate upon completion.

Learn more about the free entrepreneurship course and register here.

StrikeUP Canada 2023: Growing Forward, March 2nd, 2023, 10am to 3pm ET

StrikeUP Canada is Canada’s flagship digital conference convening women entrepreneurs and the women entrepreneurship ecosystem with a united vision of equity and inclusive economic growth through entrepreneurship. 

StrikeUP 2023: Growing Forward will take place March 2nd, 2023, from 10am to 3pm ET. Register for FREE here. Craving in-person connections for this event? Check out the StrikeUP Canada Live Viewing Parties hosted this year across Canada. During registration you can select to join a group near you and participate in StrikeUP 2023 with other like-minded entrepreneurial folk!

UTE Week is a free four-day event that includes virtual, in-person and hybrid programming hosted by University of Toronto (U of T) Entrepreneurship, U of T campus accelerators and community partners. 

All are welcome to attend the UTE week events, including entrepreneurs, students, mentors, alumni, business leaders, investors, and anyone else who wants to be inspired by the rewarding innovation and startup activity at U of T.

Visit uoft.me/entweek to view the complete schedule of events. Free registration for each event can be found on the schedule of events page.

PolicyMe’s free mentorship sessions: March 8th, 2023

Policy Me

PolicyMe is offering free 30-minute mentorship/conversation sessions to provide support to women in startups, technology, and for women interested in learning more about different career paths and growth. 

Register here by March 3rd, 2023. Mentorship/conversation sessions will take place March 8th between 12pm – 1pm ET.


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