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May 2023 Issue

Welcome to Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation’s (IEF) May 2023 Newsletter!

Check out the exciting news, events, and resources made available by the charity to inspire you and support your business.

What’s in this Issue


Business Tools & Resources


Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation Launches its Business Directory

Business Directory

As the charity’s network of talented entrepreneurs continues to grow across the nation, we are excited to announce the launch of our Business Directory!

IEF has launched the Business Directory to showcase the incredible talent and innovation our network provides in an aim to promote each business across the IEF community and Canada. 

The directory currently allows users to search for goods & services based on the equity-seeking community each founder belongs to. As the Business Directory grows you will also be able to search by province and territory. 

Want to have your business listed on the charity’s directory? Complete this simple Business Directory Registration Form to join the directory!

Help IEF Win $20,000 During the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

CanadaHelps is launching its annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge from June 1 to June 20, 2023! For each dollar you donate to Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation, the charity is entered into a draw to win $20,000. 

Please take a moment to support us as we continue to dedicate our efforts to advocate for, support, educate and celebrate our nation’s entrepreneurs belonging to equity-seeking groups! One hundred per cent of every dollar you donate will be directly invested into the ongoing programs IEF brings you. Donations can be made through our CanadaHelps page here. Thank you all for your support!

Virtual Summer Session kicks off July 11, 2023!

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) community receives a 25% discount!

Jelly Marketing’s Seven Week Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Whether it’s you – the business owner, or a member of your team, businesses require the most current Digital Marketing training to retain existing customers, capture new business, and drive revenue. The Jelly Academy 7 Week Digital Marketing Bootcamp will give you and your business the most meaningful and up-to-date skills needed to stay competitive in this constantly evolving landscape.

In 2022, 46.2% of revenue generated from Canadian businesses was the result of a website search. An additional 26.1% of revenue was generated through businesses’ social media activity (source: Made in CA Digital Marketing Statistics in Canada Report, 2023).

With 96.5% of Canadians using the internet daily, we know that up-to-date literacy in digital marketing is vital for Canadian entrepreneurs to survive and thrive.

Access the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation 25% off discount for the Spring 2023 Semester HERE!

Startup Canada Global Pitch Competition ONLINE! $70,000 Cash Prize

Apply to take part in the Startup Canada Global Pitch Competition virtually, from anywhere in Canada! Applications are accessible through the Startup Global Portal and close Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 11:59pm ET.

The Globe Women’s Collective: BIPOC Women at Work FREE Virtual Event, May 30th

According to the Prosperity Initiative’s 2022 report, BIPOC women hold only 6.2 per cent of women-held board, executive, senior management, and pipeline positions collectively. How can organizations increase the representation of BIPOC women across leadership levels?

 Join The Globe and Mail on May 30, 2023 for The Globe’s Women’s Collective, presenting this engaging virtual event that will discuss solutions for change. Details and free registration here.

Inventure$ Canada Conference, Calgary, AB, May 31 to June 2, 2023

Join the best and brightest in global innovation for three days of learning, inspiration, and creative collisions. From rousing keynotes and expert panels to startup pitch competitions and informal networking opportunities, Inventure$ is the must-attend event of 2023. 

Register here to make connections, strike deals, and launch creative ideas into overdrive.

Collision Conference 2023, Toronto, ON, June 26 to 29, 2023

The Collision Conference is also known as “The Olympics of Technology”. This conference brings together people and companies that redefine the global tech industry.

Collision Conference is one of the largest technology conferences in North America, with over 25.000 attendees from around the world.  Check here for full schedule of events, and to register.

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Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) is a national charity dedicated to supporting, educating, and celebrating entrepreneurs and innovators belonging to racialized and/or equity-deserving groups as they navigate the unfair barriers of institutional, structural, and interpersonal biases.

IEF releases a monthly newsletter on the last Friday of each month to provide you updates to our programs, share information about tools, resources, and services that may support you and your business, and to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship across Canada. Subscribe HERE. See something missing from the newsletter? Let us know what content you want to see at info@ief-fie.ca.



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