In 2016, Community Innovation Lab launched one of the first entrepreneurship boot camps for female founders in Durham Region. Refinery Women >
Thanks to an IMPACT Ajax grant, Community Innovation Lab piloted the Refinery Boot Camp, a successful three-day learning event designed for female founders and women-led businesses. The concept was a first in Durham Region, which is home to over 12,000 businesses, and where 51% of residents are women.
While the unique needs of women are well-documented, professional development for women leading growth-oriented businesses was not available in Durham Region before The Refinery.
Community Innovation Lab CEO, Pramilla Ramdahani, recognized that women are seeking ways to improve their access to capital, build great teams and develop scalable businesses.
“We want to transform our knowledge, creativity, and insights into profitable ventures, and most often work toward positive social outcomes.”
Women are also changing views on venture creation and wealth. SheEO founder, Vicki Saunders, shared her belief in a new model to support female innovators with 2016 Boot Camp participants. The Refinery draws inspiration from the many female innovators who are opening doors for women in business.
Many thanks to our speakers and partners for helping us grow our big idea. Now, thanks to the success of the 2016 Boot Camp in Ajax, Community Innovation Lab is launching a three-year project for women entrepreneurs in Durham Region, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.