January 19, 2017

Network of Influencers Convened to Accelerate the Growth of Canadian Women-Led Companies

Seven Founding Members Appointed to Springboard’s Canadian Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 19, 2017) – Springboard Enterprises (www.sb.co), a venture catalyst dedicated to promoting high growth potential companies led by women, announced the formation of the Springboard Canadian Advisory Council and its seven Founding Members. The Founding Members are connected influencers, investors, and innovators from the technology and life science sectors across Canada.

The Founding Members of Springboard’s Canadian Advisory Council:
  • Karima Bawa, Centre for Intl. Governance & Innovation
  • Debora Bielecki, Bielecki & Associates
  • Ela Borenstein, BDC Capital
  • Gail Garland, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO)
  • Lorelei Graham, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • John Reid, CATAAlliance
  • Jeff Turner, Defyrus, Inc.

Springboard Canadian Advisory Coucil

For 16 years, Springboard has remained steadfast in its mission to support women entrepreneurial leaders who create and grow scalable, sustainable businesses. Collectively Springboard companies have raised USD $7.4 billion, created tens of thousands of new jobs and generated billions in revenue. Over 80% have raised capital and over 80% are still in business. Fourteen are listed on public exchanges.

Springboard has a decade-long history of working with Canadian entrepreneurs and affiliate organizations like CATA and Norton Rose. Its portfolio includes Canada-based Amika Mobile, Eve Medical, MyndTek, Plum.io, and Self Care Catalysts as well as over 600 others globally, like Zipcar, Constant Contact, iRobot, ViaCell, Achillion, and MinuteClinic.

“What Springboard has accomplished globally over the last 16 years is unparalleled,” said Debora Bielecki, Founding Member of Springboard’s Canadian Advisory Council, “We are eager to help more Canadian women-led companies leverage Springboard’s process and network to fuel their continued growth.”

Springboard hosts an annual accelerator program comprised of several cohorts targeting companies in the life science, media, health, and enterprise technology sectors. The Canadian Advisory Council will be actively engaged in recruiting and working with Canadian companies to participate in all Springboard programs including the upcoming Health Innovation Hub: Pharma 2017 cohort. The application deadline for the 2017 Health Innovation Hub: Pharma, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics program is February 6. For program criteria, content, and schedules visit sb.co/hih17.

“Our Canadian Advisory Council provides us with the deeper bench of human capital we need to source, qualify, and accelerate the growth of Canadian women building scalable, sustainable businesses,” said Springboard Vice President Joshua Henderson, “And to help us capitalize on new opportunities for our US, Australia, Israeli and other global companies to do business within the Canadian market.”


About Springboard Enterprises
Springboard Enterprises accelerates the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to essential resources and a global community of experts. www.sb.co