This project developed a blended online, boot camp, and mentoring learning model to support 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 researched, designed, created, and piloted a robust set of resources with an aim to increase access to labour market integration services.
As part of this project, a course was developed to support newcomer women interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship: An Introduction for Newcomers is 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.
This project supported women interested in entrepreneurship as a career opportunity by identifying language skills and intercultural competencies to help the participants to access startup services and supports. It also piloted an experiential learning model to bridge newcomer women to becoming successful entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship: An Introduction for Newcomers was a free online ten-week part-time pilot program to help newcomer women develop their business ideas and support their decision-making.
Participants in this program had the opportunity to practice and develop:
- Business knowledge to help learners develop and sell their idea
- Networking skills
- English language skills
- Intercultural knowledge
Participants, also had access to:
- Professionals working with entrepreneurs
- A Success Coach for personalized goal setting and support