This guest blog post is provided by Futurpreneur Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to fueling young enterprise in Canada through its financing, mentoring and resources.

International Women's Day (IWD) is coming up on March 8th and every year it opens us up to reflecting on gender issues, inequalities and opportunities for change. This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange, a call for everyone to step up and help create a better, more inclusive and gender-equal world.

One group that truly embodies the idea of being bold for change is women entrepreneurs. Where entrepreneurship was traditionally seen as a male-dominated space, much like the technology sector, this is rapidly changing. In fact, 1.5 million Canadians are employed by women-owned businesses, and women represent the fastest growing segment in the Canadian small business sector.

Stories from all over the world also show a trend in the way women entrepreneurs solve problems creatively through their business, often benefitting other women. A great example of this is the rise of women-only taxi services in India that offer female commuters a safer ride, while creating jobs for women. Another example is Bumble, a dating app that caters to how women want to experience online dating, offering an alternative to dating apps more centred on men's preferences.

This IWD Futurpreneur Canada wanted to help drive this momentum together with our community of entrepreneurs and mentors, so we teamed up with our long-time partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), to launch our Be the Boss of You campaign. The campaign is running from February to March encouraging aspiring women entrepreneurs to take action toward their dreams through social media posts and blog pieces featuring advice from successful women entrepreneurs.

How you can support women entrepreneurs this International Women's Day:

  • Follow the campaign on social media and “like”, comment on or share our posts with your network.
    • Twitter: @Futurpreneur and @BDC_CA
    • Facebook: /BDC and /Futurpreneur
    • Instagram: /BDC_CA and Futurpreneur
    • LinkedIn: Futurpreneur Canada and BDC
  • Join our Thunderclap campaign to share a special message through your Facebook and/or Twitter account on International Women's Day (March 8th).
  • Visit our campaign page to start a business or share it with a friend who has entrepreneurship dreams.