Uber Canada and The Forum partner to launch new free programming to support self-identified women entrepreneurs

To provide support to women entrepreneurs across the country as they build back from the pandemic, The Forum and Uber Canada are excited to announce The Forum Growth Series.

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As the slow and uneven economic recovery continues to unfold, many entrepreneurs have had to reexamine the feasibility of their startups and business ideas in the post-pandemic world. Navigating these economic disruptions has been especially fraught for women entrepreneurs since their businesses tend to be less capitalized, smaller, and generally concentrated in the hard-hit service sector. 

To provide support to women entrepreneurs across the country as they build back from the pandemic, The Forum and Uber Canada are excited to announce The Forum Growth Series - new, free programming to help self-identified women entrepreneurs take their startups to the next level or bring their business ideas to fruition. 

This programming will support 500 entrepreneurs through half-day sessions covering everything from scaling and growing a business, to digital marketing and profitability. Programming will be offered virtually, with unique programs designed for both English and French entrepreneurs. Programming is open to all self-identified women entrepreneurs, including drivers, delivery people, restaurateurs or their family members. 

Uber Canada’s partnership with The Forum is part of an ongoing commitment to provide new learning opportunities and resources for drivers and delivery people on the Uber platform. According to their research, 74% of drivers and delivery people describe their hours on the platform as part-time, as they focus on other projects like starting a business.

“For many drivers and delivery people, Uber provides the flexibility they need to support and pursue their entrepreneurial passions,” said Laura Miller, Head of Public Policy & Communications at Uber Canada. “We want to do our best to support and help them to achieve their dreams. We’re thrilled to be working with The Forum to support and uplevel women-identified drivers, delivery people, restaurateurs and their family members.”

The Forum was a natural fit for this partnership, as its mission is to help women entrepreneurs access the resources & community they need to thrive in business. The Forum Growth Series will bring in industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs to connect with participants via live sessions and share their knowledge. The Forum will also offer additional access to 12 months of 1:1 mentorship, access to weekly calls with other women entrepreneurs, and access to a sharing platform to connect with other entrepreneurs across the country. 

Paulina Cameron, CEO of The Forum, notes that this partnership will boost The Forum’s ongoing efforts to support Canadian women entrepreneurs. “Our partnership with Uber Canada will help more entrepreneurs access the resources, mentorship, and community they need to be successful. We're excited to launch this programming today to support more women in achieving their business visions and goals,” says Cameron. 

Registration is now open, with programming going live in February. Women entrepreneurs can sign up here