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We mean business

On March 8, the world celebrates women’s economic, social, cultural, and political achievements on International Women’s Day. Starting February 27, our community will run the 5th Annual International Women’s Week (IWW).

Throughout IWW 2023, choose from over 25 powerful events to participate in; there's something for everyone. Visit our calendar to see for yourself!

IWW is far more than a set of activities. It is a powerful driver for long-term, sustainable change. Individuals and organizations have joined forces under the same goal - to inspire, equip and empower more women. Together, we strive to help create a critical mass of successful women leaders from every walk of life who significantly impact our economy and society.

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We are here for all women

When we use the term ‘women,’ we refer to all individuals who identify as women. This includes women of colour, transgender women, and women with gender-diverse identities, including non-binary and gender non-conforming women (as we know that gender is fluid and can change throughout one’s lifetime). These women have historically and systemically been excluded from many mainstream programs, services, and opportunities. Invest Ottawa is making a concerted effort to prioritize equity, access, and inclusion in everything we do. Our goal is to ensure that anyone who would like to access our programs and services truly feels welcome and supported.

Information is power

Our mission is to help create a critical mass of successful women leaders from every walk of life who significantly impact our economy and society. To achieve this, it’s essential to reflect on where we are today.

Here is some of what we know:


is the average gender gap that remains to be closed globally.

Global Gender Gap Report 2020, World Economic Forum


of venture capital raised in 2021 was raised by female founders.

Bloomberg article by Lizette Chapman


of C-Suite executives are women of colour.

Women in the Workplace 2020, LeanIn.Org in partnership with McKinsey


the percentage of venture capital partners that are women.

The Untapped Potential of Women-Led Funds, Women in VC

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To advance the status of
women, it will take all of us
working together.

Ways to get involved

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IWW 2023 Social Media Kit!

Thank you to our 2023 Title Sponsor


BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund

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You're hosting an event or initiative, or maybe an application deadline is approaching. Whatever it is, our community should know about it. So send us the details through our online form, and we'll promote it in our calendar and through our email blast.