EMPOWERING WOMEN TO RISE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Women entrepreneurs account for only 16% of business owners in Canada.
It’s time for equal opportunities.
WHAT IS ELLA?
ELLA is the Entrepreneurial Leadership & Learning Alliance.
Our mission is to reduce the gap of gender inequality in entrepreneurship.
Here’s how we’re doing it:
An incredible 6-month training and support program for women entrepreneurs. 100% free, no cost, no equity.Learn More
A brilliant ecosystem of entrepreneurs and partners who believe in our mission and want to help us elevate women founders.Join Us
ELLA is led by York University, in partnership with Small Business Enterprise Centers across York Region.
ELLA Women forge their own path. Although this path may not be a straightforward one, we give you the tools and guidance to not only navigate in the entrepreneurial world, but thrive.
This is your story but our movement. Let’s make it an amazing one together.Learn More
Having a world in balance is healthy in many ways. Bringing parity in entrepreneurship, i.e. bridging the gap between having 16% of women founders compared to 50%, leads to $150B in opportunity for the Canadian economy.
Studies show that businesses with women founders raise more money and build better results*. Yet, women often dismiss entrepreneurship as an option due to its impact on their family lives and its high risk. ELLA shows women possible paths to success, proven by women founders who have already embarked on them, and gives them the support of an outstanding community.
For ELLA, diversity expands beyond women founders. We have a 40% goal of inclusion for under-represented groups in entrepreneurship such as new Canadian immigrants, founders of different sexual orientation, and more. We are proud to build a program that represents our country and our values.
TIED TO OUR CORE
EACH WOMAN HAS THE POWER TO BE
A GREAT LEADER WITHIN THEM
Supported by outstanding people:
Founder, Kijiji Canada
General Partner, Real Ventures
Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point
COO & Co-founder,
President & Founder,
Redwoods Classics Apparel
Founder, Power to Girls Foundation
Director, Angel Investors Ontario
Founder, Quantius Education Foundation
VP, TODAQ Financial
DANIELLE B. GRAHAM
Principal, Dream Maker Ventures Founder, Fierce Founders
Dr. Deborah Nixon
Founder, Trust Learning Solutions
Founder, Indie Group Consulting
Community for Women Entrepreneurs & Investors
President & CEO, The Gupta Group & Easton's Group