April 13, 2019

Top Tech Groups in Canada & the U.S. Team Up to Call for Removal of Artificial Barrier Impeding the Growth of Women Owned & Led Enterprises

Ottawa, On, Washington, D.C…CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, announced today that U.S. based Springboard Enterprises, has formally supported the Alliance’s advocacy Campaign to remove the systemic discrimination against women-founded and led businesses by setting the requirement of 51% ownership regarding access to many programs set up to advance the growth of their enterprises.

Details of the Campaign are provided in a recent CATA TECHNOW interview with Dr. Suzanne Simpson, Ph.D., C. Psych., Founder & CEO, HRSG and a 2018 Sara Kirke Award winner


Amy Millman, President, Springboard Enterprises, said, “ Governments in their pursuit of diversity do not seem to get the fact that they may be introducing systemic discrimination against women-founded and led businesses by setting the requirement of 51% ownership. In Canada, the U.S. and around the globe, we must avoid creating legislative brick walls that set up unconditional ownership and control of 51%.”

CanWIT, National Spokesperson, & Founder & CEO, SalesChoice Inc., an Award winning AI Company, Dr. Cindy Gordon concluded, “ We have a 20 year history of working with Springboard Enterprises, and our North American advocacy team up adds to the positive actions we take together to promote diversity and entrepreneurship for our constituencies.”


Executives who would like to help advance this Campaign and be part of the CanWIT (Women in Tech) advocacy community should email CATA CEO, John Reid at jreid@cata.ca

Related: CATA’s new Advocates-for-Change Caucus Now Deployed to Support Advocacy for Removing 51% Equity Definition (Women Owned Businesses)

About Springboad Enterprises

Who’s Got Your Back? We Do.

Springboard is a highly-vetted expert network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women.Our programs and initiatives are how we source, qualify, advise, showcase and support the most promising businesses seeking capital or partnerships for product development and expansion.

Our Accelerators are the Pipeline into the Springboard Expert NetworkSince 2000, Springboard Enterprises has served as a research hub of influencers, investors, and innovators engaged in helping women build big businesses. Springboard sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led growth companies seeking investment of financial and human capital for product development and expansion.

730 women-led companies have participated in Springboard’s accelerator programs; raising $8.6 billion, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, and generating billions of dollars in annual revenues. 82% of Springboard companies are still in business as independent or merged entities, including 17 IPOs, and many are the technology engines of publicly traded companies.

About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.