Foundation of IWEP

The purpose of IWEP is to address the issues faced by immigrant and visible minority women entrepreneurs. 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 1530 recent immigrant in B.C.

 

Based on the survey, we have found that the most significant barriers among new entrepreneurs which hinder their 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

In Canada, the service gaps in the women entrepreneurship ecosystem can be summarized as follows:

  • Inadequate knowledge of and lack of access to existing resources

  • Limited training opportunities tailored for women 

  • Difficulty accessing financing and capital

  • Support to boost self-confidence

 

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Our Objectives

With these findings in mind, IWEP's objective is to help immigrant women in these following areas:

  • Increase knowledge of and access to resources

  • Equip them with business skills 

  • Expand networks and connections

  • Enhance understanding of business opportunities across Western Canada

  • Widen business perspectives

  • Enable them to receive support from multiple support networks

  • Enhance capacity to sustain and grow their business ventures

  • Enhance immigrant women's representation among the business community

Business Coaches

Lana wei

Lana has a Master's Degree in Cultural Industries and Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham. She has experience as a marketing communication specialist, consultant, and business coach for companies and Canada and China. Lana offers business advisory services, conducts market research, assist with company set-up, and facilitates networking events. 

Lana is an immigrant woman. She was born in Eastern China and studied in the UK. As an immigrant herself, she understands the difficulties and unpredictabilities of moving to another country. Lana loves to use her experience as a business consultant to guide her clients through the challenges they face and brainstorm solutions for their problems.

Chelsea Nam

Chelsea is a certified career counselor in B.C. She has more than 10 years of experience as an immigration settlement officer, immigrant employment specialist, and business coach in non-profit organizations. 

Chelsea is a mother of two children and an immigrant woman herself. She understands the hardships other immigrants face trying to adjust to a different culture and society. Therefore, she wants to use her personal experience as an immigrant woman and her expertise in business counseling and immigration settlement to help other immigrant women entrepreneurs.

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