For businesswomen

We strive to become the best city in the world for women founders and business owners to launch, grow and scale their visionary and impactful ventures.

We mean business.

At Invest Ottawa, our commitment to prioritizing equity, access, and inclusion has informed the evolution of our programs and services, from how they’re designed and delivered and by whom to what we offer. Read more about diversity, equity and inclusion at Invest Ottawa.

Historical and systemic exclusion has meant that women face unique barriers in entrepreneurship so we’re taking extra steps to ensure our programs and services are accessible. We have introduced additional resources and programming to address some of these key barriers, including limited access to networks, mentors, and capital.

We encourage women to participate in all programs and services, including those tailored to address these challenges.

Women-specific programming

Ladies Who Launch
Connect and collaborate in a community where women founders lean on each other for support, grow personally and professionally, and achieve their goals.
Learn how to pitch your business and secure investment with SheBoot, a women-led program for women founders jointly established by Invest Ottawa and the Capital Angel Network.
External resources
These organizations offer a range of tips, advice, programs, services and other resources to help all women succeed in business.

Our flagship event

International Women’s Month

Our work continues

Integrity, intention and impact

Invest Ottawa’s vision is for Canada’s Capital to be the best city in the world for all women founders and business owners to launch, grow and scale commercially successful, globally oriented and sustainable companies.

We’re on a journey that will take time, long-standing leadership, and extensive community collaboration, but we’re determined to move the dial and create long-lasting change.

Read Invest Ottawa’s corporate strategy, meet the Board’s Women Founders and Owners Subcommittee, and review our established goals and tactics:

Visit our About page

Find out more about how we’ve put words into action:

Visit our Reports & Insights page