Articles By Cheryl Sylvester

There’s no place like home for business networking…

Last week I had the pleasure and opportunity to reconnect with the women of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) in Toronto. But it wasn’t in the usual meeting room, or hotel, in

Published on: November 18th, 2015 Cheryl Sylvester

More Canadian women entrepreneurs, but are they playing in the big league?

As a former W100 ranked woman entrepreneur, I am always curious to see how women entrepreneurs are faring.  Recently released figures from the Dell Women Entrepreneurs Scorecard, report that 3% of women-owned businesses

Published on: May 4th, 2015 Cheryl Sylvester

Ladies, start your tech businesses! (To win $10,000 in prizes)

When you’re at the starting line of the new business race, you really need some “fuel”, i.e. some cash,  and a crew to support you.  That’s just what six women-led companies will get

Published on: March 24th, 2015 Cheryl Sylvester

6 career success tips from tech’s leading ladies

It's International Women's Day on March 8 and to celebrate, we're celebrating women business leaders in the technology space - with a little help from OpenText, the largest Canadian-based software company. The five

Published on: March 5th, 2015 Cheryl Sylvester

3 entrepreneurial secrets to quickly scale your business

Lots of great business advice and learning from successful entrepreneurs were on offer at The Art of Entrepreneurship conference, held in early October. I noted three strategies emerging from various speakers that speak

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

8 reasons to be optimistic about women’s leadership in tech

I'm optimistic about women's leadership in technology companies and here's why. Last week I attended the 4th annual Women in the IT Channel luncheon, celebrating four women leaders in the Canadian technology sector.

Published on: August 28th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Customer connections are key to the new marketing: VC Investor

I caught up with Katherine Barr, General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures and a panelist at this week's Grow Conference in Whistler.  In line with the conference theme of living in a connected

Published on: August 20th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Apple’s first female director a step forward for women in tech

Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company by market cap, finally turned its innovative energy onto its own Board of Directors, electing its first woman director. Susan (Sue) L. Wagner, founding partner and

Published on: July 22nd, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

8 tech summer camps for girls only (and 9 more for boys too)

More girls enjoying tech summer camps will equal more women in tech companies down the road! In a recent blog post in sister publication Computer Dealer News, I wrote about the lack of

Published on: July 21st, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Canadian women entrepreneurs: Bold beginnings and brave futures

So exciting to get to know some of our Canadian women entrepreneurs at this week's fifth-annual Dell Women Entrepreneurs conference.  As the theme of the conference was "Bold Beginnings. Brave Futures," I've invited

Published on: June 9th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Dell women entrepreneurs event: The sound of inspiration

The buzz is palpable. The sounds of women entrepreneurs from all around the world, networking in Austin, Texas. Why does it matter? It matters because this is the beginning, the surging toward critical

Published on: June 3rd, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Role models most helpful to women tech entrepreneurs

In support of the 40Forward program,  Annelies Van den Belt, CEO of DC Thomson (, inspired the startup community in Toronto at multiple events. On May 5, the Toronto StartupGrind community hosted Annelies Van den Belt at

Published on: May 9th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Venture capital and funding: Where are the women?

Where are the women in Canadian venture capital?  Angel investors, and for that matter, where are the women-owned technology startups? Some months ago at the Gaining Momentum: Women In Techology event, Ilse Treurnicht,

Published on: January 15th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

‘Art of’ running your business isn’t a solitary work: panel

"Fly alone, die alone." These words from Sunil Mistry, partner at KPMG Enterprise were echoed by Paul Gaspar, director of small business segment at UPS Canada when he said “small business failures come

Published on: October 24th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

Writing their own cheques: how women entrepreneurs fund IT growth in their businesses

Two successful women entrepreneurs, one and the same answer to the question - how are you funding technology investment in your business? Writing our own cheques is the answer from both Marla Schwartz

Published on: September 25th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester