Canadian Women’s Network wants to give women founders Silicon Valley connections

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Connection Silicon Valley, an organization that helps companies partner with Silicon Valley’s tech ecosystem, has launched the Canadian Women’s Network.

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.”

The Canadian Women’s Network is hosting a series of launch week events from June 11 to June 15 at its Canadian Landing Pad, which acts as a workspace for Canadian startups visiting the Valley.

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.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.