EPIC VentureWomen

Background EPIC VentureWomen

The VentureWomen Program is a 4-month accelerator program for female founders and co-founders looking to explore their ideas, increase their entrepreneurial skills and know-how, expand their network, and grow their business to the next level.

Over the course of program, participants will have access to dynamic expert mentors and advisors, the opportunity to attend exclusive and tailored workshops, training seminars, and special events, as well as, $2,500 in funding on business expenses. Participants will also have access to EPICentre’s coworking space and the opportunity to work alongside female changemakers and entrepreneurs. The program will culminate on Final Pitch Day, giving participants the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win additional cash prizes valued at $4,000.

Participants in this program can expect to learn key skills and know-how on topics such a

  • Business model fundamentals
  • Sales strategy and lead generation
  • Finance and accounting
  • Business law and intellectual property law
  • Negotiation

This program is valued at over $7,500 and is 100% free of cost to all participants. Applications open Monday, April 18, 2022


  • You identify as a woman and are the founder or co-founder of a startup/ new venture
  • You are close to launching your business and can demonstrate your business launch strategy based on primary and secondary research
  • You have launched your business within two years or less (post 2020)
  • The business is or will be structured as a for-profit business
  • The business is or will be based in located in Windsor-Essex

Participation commitment

Applicants are not required to have a registered business to apply. Applicants may be early stage as long as they can demonstrate they have done a reasonable amount of research and business planning and are close to launching the business. This can include but is not limited to, conducting market research, writing a business plan, and/ or getting feedback from experts or business advisors. Applicants who have a registered business post-2020 are not eligible to apply. For further inquiries, please reach out to the Program Coordinator: Sydney.Thompson@uwindsor.ca

The EPIC VentureWomen Program is specifically designed with special attention to the systemic barriers women face in entrepreneurship. Throughout the 4-month program, participants will learn key skills, competencies, and know-how on topics such as:

  • Leadership, teamwork, and communication
  • Sales strategy and lead generation
  • Finance and accounting
  • Business law and intellectual property law
  • Product development and design strategy

Participants selected for this program can also expect:

  • Mentorship and Advisory services
  • Exclusive access to private events with distinguished guest speakers
  • Connection with EPICentre’s network of entrepreneurs and community members

Participants selected for this program will:

  • Have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges at the end of the program for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $4,000: $3,000 Top Pitch Award sponsored by Lucas Imagine Fund, and $1,000 She Inspires Award sponsored by Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions
  • Have access to up to $2,500 in funding on eligible business expenses such as:
    • Marketing activities – website design and hosting, print marketing, digital marketing, and business cards
    • Accounting services – bookkeeping, taxes, and technology adoption
    • Product Development – prototyping, 3D printing, program development, and other technical support services
    • Legal Services – incorporation registration, and assistance with intellectual property (trademarks, copyright, patents, etc.)
    • Other Support – additional qualifying expenses at the discretion of the program administration

Application is closed for 2022.

Formal applications open: Monday, April 18, 2022

  • Formal application deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022, @ 5:00 pm
  • Program start date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
  • Program end date & final pitch competition: Thursday, September 8, 2022

If accepted into the program, all participants must be available for:

  • Program orientation (in-person): Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Weekly group meetings (in-person & virtual): every Thursday starting Thursday, May 26, 2022, until Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Final pitch day: Thursday, September 8, 2022
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Contact venturewomen@uwindsor.ca with any questions.


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