This project will develop a blended online, boot camp, and mentoring learning model to support 20 newcomer women (at CLB levels 6 and 7) as emerging entrepreneurs. Working with the Chiu School of Business, and external partners Calgary Economic Development, and Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association the project will research, design, create, and pilot a robust set of resources with an aim to increase access labour market integration services.
As part of this project, a new course has been developed to support newcomer women interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship: An Introduction for Newcomerswill be a course that teaches important language, intercultural, and business skills to help newcomer women successfully bridge to other entrepreneurial programs and services depending on their needs. For more information, visit the "Upcoming Pilots" tab.
This project will support women interested in entrepreneurship as a career opportunity by identifying language skills and intercultural competencies to help the course participants to access startup services and supports. It will also pilot an experiential learning model to bridge newcomer women to becoming successful entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship: An Introduction for Newcomers is a free online ten-week part-time pilot program to help newcomer women develop their business ideas and support their decision-making.
As a participant in this pilot program, you will have the opportunity to practice and develop:
- Business knowledge to help you develop and sell your idea
- Networking skills
- English language skills
- Intercultural knowledge
As a participant, you will also have access to:
- Professionals working with entrepreneurs
- A Success Coach for personalized goal setting and support
Please note that as per government funding guidelines, this pilot program is for newcomer women only.
Register to be in one of two free pilot offerings. See below for details.
Pilot 1: September 14, 2020 to November 20, 2020
Pilot 2: January 11, 2021 to March 19, 2021
This pilot program is free for participants. To be eligible for this program, you must:
- Have a business idea
- Have time in your schedule for ten hours of learning and study per week
- Have access to a computer with microphone and web-camera during class time
- Identify as female
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Convention refugee
- Have Canadian Language Benchmarks of Level 6 or higher
- Be willing to share your feedback about the pilot program with Bow Valley College and the Alberta Government
Information sessions were held July 14 and 15. If you were unable to attend and would like to find out more, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are still accepting applications for the September intake, so please connect with us if you are interested in taking the course.