Wilfrid Laurier University's Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, has chosen ten of the country's most promising women-led technology companies to participate in the fourth cohort of the Lazaridis ScaleUp Program.
Since it got its start three years ago, the ScaleUp Program has worked with 30 companies from across Canada.
Laurier says since 2016 the number of women founders or co-founders has gone from one in ten companies to four in ten.
"The gender gap in tech amounts to a lost opportunity," Kim Morouney, managing director of the Lazaridis Institute and Lazaridis professor of Executive Development in the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Laurier said in a release. "The Lazaridis Institute intends to be part of the solution." she added.
The companies taking part in the 2019 program are:
- Advanced Symbolics Inc., Ottawa
- Brillist Better Projects, Saskatoon
- Conscia Corporation, Mississauga
- Questor Technology Inc., Calgary
- Sheertex, Bracebridge
- Stathletes, St. Catharines
- Storytap, Vancouver
- Symend Inc., Calgary
- Vivametrica, Calgary
- Voices.com, London
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Lazaridis ScaleUp Program 2019 women founder cohort," said Sana Remekie, CEO, Conscia. "I look forward to learning, from thought leaders, mentors and peers, how to manage growth responsibly, build a diverse team and create a sustainable Canadian business with global reach."
Workshops begin in Toronto on Thursday and over the course of six months, the group will travel to six different cities across North America.
Past workshop topics have included leadership for growth, next-level product development and scaling customer acquisition.