The Canadian Women’s Network, which will be established in Silicon Valley, aims to help Canadian women scale their businesses and receive foreign investments through participation in the network. Members will have the opportunity to connect with over 30 ex-pat Canadian women with experience and networks in Silicon Valley.
“Our aim is to accelerate the representation of successful women-led startups.”
– Joanne Fedeyko, CEO of Connection Silicon Valley
“It has been estimated that women-led startups recorded 2.2 percent of total VC funding in 2017,” said Joanne Fedeyko, CEO of Connection Silicon Valley. She is spearheading the network. “Our aim is to accelerate the representation of successful women-led startups by supporting Canadian female founders and women in tech gain access to Silicon Valley and create a groundswell for women to succeed.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to receive feedback on pitches and attend roundtables that will cover topics like finding enterprise customers, building strategic alliances, planning for a successful exist, talent acquisition and hiring, expanding internationally, building a developer community on your tech platform.
Some of the initiative’s founding connectors — who can provide Canadian companies with expertise and networks — include Cathy Han, CEO of 42 Technologies; Catherine Courage, vice president of ads and commerce user experience at Google; Jennifer Vancini, investment partner at Mighty Capital; and Heather Kernahan, president North America at Hotwire PR.
Those interested in attending the Canadian Women’s Network Launch Week events can register here.
Written by: Amira Zubairi, BetaKit
Calling all Canadian female founders and women in tech seeking
to gain access in Silicon Valley
May 22, 2018, San Francisco: Connection Silicon Valley, an organization that helps companies collaborate, innovate, and partner with Silicon Valley's world-renowned technology ecosystem, has announced the launch of the first Canadian Women’s Network to be established in Silicon Valley. The Canadian Women’s Network sets out to support female founders and women in tech to scale their business, drive economic growth and bring foreign investment dollars into Canadian companies through active engagement and participation of the network. Registrations are now open for the Canadian Women’s Network Launch Week events, being held June 11-15, in San Francisco.
Spearheaded by Joanne Fedeyko, CEO of Connection Silicon Valley, the Canadian Women’s Network aims to build important bridges for Canadian founders and executives by bringing together more than 30 ex-pat Canadian women with significant experience and deep networks in Silicon Valley. Founding Connectors include Cathy Han, CEO of Canadian startup success story, 42 Technologies, Catherine Courage, VP Ads & Commerce User Experience at Google, Jennifer Vancini, Investment Partner at Mighty Capital, Heather Kernahan, President North America at Hotwire PR and Joan Dea, Corporate Director at Cineplex and Charles Schwab, early-stage investor and Advisory Council Member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards.
“It has been estimated that women-led startups recorded 2.2% of total VC funding in 2017. Our aim is to accelerate the representation of successful women-led startups by supporting Canadian female founders and women in tech gain access to Silicon Valley and create a ground swell for women to succeed,” commented Joanne Fedeyko, CEO of Connection Silicon Valley.
The inaugural Canadian Women’s Network Week includes pitch feedback, office hours and roundtables that will cover topics such as:
- How to find your first enterprise customer
- When and how to build strategic alliances
- How to build a company for successful exit
- Top tips for talent acquisition and hiring
- How to expand internationally
- How to develop your media and positioning strategies
- How to build a developer community on your technology platform
The Canadian Women’s Network Launch Week will be hosted at the Canadian Landing Pad, housed at The Vault SF, 415 Jackson Street, San Francisco, California. Registrations are required to attend the events.
The Canadian Women’s Network is one of a number of initiatives that Connection Silicon Valley runs to help connect Canadian businesses to Silicon Valley. Connection Silicon Valley recently launched the Canadian Landing Pad, which provides a central location for Canadian startups to base themselves when visiting Silicon Valley. Located at The Vault SF, the Canadian Landing Pad provides Canadian startups access to co-working and meeting spaces, office hours, networking opportunities and startup community events. In addition, Connection Silicon Valley helps enterprises to drive innovation by providing immersion programs and scouting assignments to connect corporates with the most exciting and innovative startups to collaborate, connect and partner with.
Inspiring Fifty: Canada 2018
Inspiring Fifty Canada 2018 | Inaugural Launch
highlighting inspirational female role models
in tech and innovation sectors on The Hill
Inspiring Fifty, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada, and with the support of the Senate of Canada, is proud to organize the first ever Canadian edition of the event, in order to identify and showcase the achievements and advancements of Canadian women in the science, tech, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Canada and the Netherlands strongly promote the advancement of diversity in the STEM fields – both countries recognize that the recruitment and retention of women and girls in these sectors will foster greater innovation, as well as a more inclusive and impactful workforce.
“Canada has an amazing tech ecosystem, but whether it’s startups or enterprises, the industry lags behind when it comes to supporting women, especially in leadership roles.”
* Ria Lupton, Project Lead, Inspiring Fifty Canada
Inspiring Fifty is a Dutch-based organization, which has successfully engaged in multiple initiatives to highlight inspirational female role models in the tech and innovation sectors, as well as advocate for increased diversity and gender-parity in these important fields. The project has been embraced by several other countries in Europe including the UK, France, and the Nordics and, most recently, the initiative was launched in South Africa.
Joanne Fedeyko is an expert in innovating through collaboration. She serves as the CEO of Connection Silicon Valley, an organization that helps companies collaborate, innovate, and partner with Silicon Valley’s world-renowned technology ecosystem. Connection SV’s first geographic focus is driving innovation in Canada with sector focuses in fintech, retail and life sciences.
Prior to Connections SV, Joanne served as Executive Director of the C100 Association where she grew an extensive network in tech across Canada and in the Valley. At the C100, Joanne launched a program called Valley 101, along with a co-working space for early stage founders, to help democratize access to Silicon Valley.
Joanne is particularly passionate about driving innovation through diversity. She is the Founder of the Canadian Women’s Network in Silicon Valley, whose mission is to support female founders and women in tech scale their business, drive economic growth and bring foreign investment dollars into Canadian companies through active engagement and participation of the network. Joanne also manages theboardlist in Canada, a curated marketplace that matches emerging talent with public and private board service.
Joanne speaks regularly on building networks, fundraising and women in tech. She is a Founding Member of CELS, Canadian Entrepreneurs in Life Sciences, an organization supporting the advancement of Canadian life science technology businesses in the San Francisco Bay area, and is an advisor to a number of startups and initiatives in Canada.
Joanne grew up in the small town of High Level in Alberta, and although she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, she remains proudly Canadian.