Stay tuned for announcements on the next Leading the Way program start date.

Program Description

Do you have a dream of someday opening your own business?  Or perhaps you’ve already taken the leap?  Are you a young woman working in business and want to expand your skills? Maybe you are a university or college student and would like to prepare for the next step.  

If you said yes to any of these, then Leading The Way is for you.

Leading The Way explores topics that matter to young women entrepreneurs and leaders in 2023.  It provides a space for networking and mentoring so that participants can launch or grow their businesses. It gives young women leaders across PEI a chance to network and exchange ideas that will shape the future of PEI’s business community.

Exclusive Offer: Participants in the Leading The Way program will also have the opportunity to apply for an exclusive Micro-Grant only offered in this program. The Micro-Grant will help start or grow the participant's business well in the future.

There's no cost for this program.  It's made possible by the generous support of the Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership.

The program will run from Thursday, February 9th to Thursday, March 23rd.  Participants will meet online bi-weekly to listen, learn and engage with a range of speakers on topics important to those under 30, focused on business and entrepreneurship. After each presentation, the group will discuss the material and participate in informal peer-to-peer mentoring activities.  There will be an in-person networking mixer on Thursday, March 30th to wrap up the program. 

Program topics include:

  • Confidence and Well-being

  • Prioritizing and Strategizing

  • Marketing & Branding

  • Networking 

During the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet like-minded peers in a fun and relaxed environment, exchange knowledge, and build important relationships that will be instrumental to helping their businesses grow.

    At the end of the program, participants will gain an invaluable amount of knowledge, a wide network to engage with and the confidence to start or grow their business on PEI and beyond. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

    Wrap Up Event - March 24, 2022 - Celebration of Young Women Entrepreneurs


    We wrapped up this program with a special event that featured an inspiring panel of young Island businesswomen, hosted by Julie Ann Gauthier and Stephanie Perrault-Bittner from Thriving Tides Podcast, and joined with Rebecca Kozak of Cherry on Top Creamery and Kaitlyn Reher of Simply For Life.

    Congratulations to the 10 successful recipients of the Leading The Way $2,500 Micro-Grants announced at the event:

    We wish you luck in building & growing your businesses!

    A huge thank you to Rodd Charlottetown for hosting our event, The Thriving Tides Podcast for the panel moderation, artist Nikkie Gallant for awesome live music, Millicent Mckay for the photographs, and everyone who attended.

    For all those who could not attend our Celebration of Young Women Entrepreneurs event, the video of our inspiring panel of young Island businesswomen is now online : click HERE to watch it.

    Two of the Micro Grant recipients, Melanie Roias and Stephanie Omonibo were interviewed on CBC Prince Edward Island and talked about their business and the difference the grant will make on their development. Click HERE to listen to it.

    Read the stories of Young Women Entrepreneurs of PEI HERE.