Who we are
PeerSpark™ is committed to building a community of peers, experts, and successful entrepreneurs.
Our program helps women access the resources they need to grow their businesses. It includes intensive leadership and skills development in a peer group setting. These entrepreneurs are seeking a unique level of support and capacity-building. Their businesses are not large enough to hire professional management or advisors, yet are complex in their needs. As such, they fall between the gaps of many traditional entrepreneurship programs in Canada.
Mission and values
We strongly believe that by supporting female entrepreneurs, our economy will become stronger and more diverse.
Despite high levels of education and entrepreneurship among women, women-owned businesses currently do not grow at the same rate as their male-owned counterparts. Only 37% of women-owned businesses are considered high-growth small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In comparison, 63% of male-owned businesses are considered high-growth SMEs. Some of the reasons given by experts in the field include:
Lack of networks connected to the centre of power and decision making
Lack of role models, mentors, and confidence
Lack of understanding of how to market and deliver to large buyers
Lack of access to and readiness to use significant financing
Underrepresentation of women in SME development programs and incubator programs
Where we operate
The program runs across Western Canada