The Immigrant Women Entrepreneurship Program (IWEP) was implemented and dedicated to helping immigrant and visible minority women start a business and expand their business.
IWEP stems from the realization that service gaps exist in the women entrepreneurship ecosystem. As a result, the Government of Canada and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has dedicated their efforts to help alleviate and improve this situation
The IWEP team consists of a group of immigrant and visible minority women who are able to understand the struggles and difficulties of the women they are serving through overcoming similar experiences. We are here to help you navigate through your Canadian business endeavour.
Foundation of IWEP
Our understanding of the current women entrepreneurship ecosystem is based on S.U.C.C.E.S.S.'s experience in delivering entrepreneurial training and its survey of 1520 recent immigrants in B.C.
We have found that the most significant barriers that hinder new entrepreneur success in business development are:
Lack of business English competency
Lack of familiarity with Canadian business culture
Lack of strong financial credit history
Lack of knowledge about Canadian business environment, system, and support services
IWEP is proudly supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada to support visible minority and recent immigrant women in their business endeavour.
Increase knowledge of resources, Canadian business culture, legal considerations regarding business development, and business English skills
Increase access to resources, expand networks and connections, enable women to receive support from multiple support networks
Equip women with business skills, enhance their understanding of business opportunities across Western Canada and their representation among the business community by strengthening their capacity to sustain and grow their business ventures
Widen immigrant and visible minority women's business perspectives by expanding their knowledge, strengthening their entrepreneurship skills, and increasing their access to resources. Most importantly, boosting their self-confidence