Cisco leverages IT, marketing, and CSR expertise to launch Women Entrepreneurs Circle

What do you get when an IT giant looks to solve a corporate social responsibility (CSR) challenge in the Canadian economy, and decides to leverage their internal business strengths and connected relationships with

Published on: February 3rd, 2016 Cheryl Sylvester

More doors open for Canadian women startups in 2016

We have made good progress on fostering women’s entrepreneurship in Canada — in fact we are tied for the number two ranked country in the 2015 Global Women’s Entrepreneur Leader’s Scorecard.  And there

Published on: December 24th, 2015 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

‘Young entrepreneur of the year’ melds e-commerce jewellery sales with a good cause

What were you doing when you were 14 years old? I'll bet you weren't running an e-commerce business that split its profits with a charity funding women's education. If you had a job

Published on: June 13th, 2014 Brian Jackson

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 (findmypast.com, friendsreunited.co.uk) 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