Our economy is stronger when there are more women entrepreneurs

As Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs, we have made it a priority to support the growth and success of women-owned and led businesses at every stage of their growth.

Women face distinct challenges when starting and running a business

Lack of mentors and a network of peers

Fewer role models and women starting similar businesses

Difficulty accessing enough financing and capital

We ask men to win and women not to lose—with substantial funding consequences

Unconscious bias that disproportionally affects women

Most people are gender-biased, whether they are unaware of it or not

BDC wants to help women across Canada


We doubled our lending target to $1.4 billion by 2021

For majority women-owned businesses


We have a network of 100+ employees

Committed to helping women entrepreneurs succeed through financing, advice, and more


We champion women in tech

Through our Women in Technology Venture Fund, a $200 million fund for women-led technology companies


We offer a supplier diversity program

For clients and certified women-owned businesses


We support hundreds of events a year

Including networking and learning opportunities for entrepreneurs in all industries and at all stages


We provide a variety of free, online learning tools

To help entrepreneurs develop the skills they need to succeed


We signed the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

To demonstrate our commitment to the global success of women in the workplace


We have partnerships with organizations that support women

At the regional, national and international levels

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