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June 8, 2015

++New Survey Action Item: Please review the communique below for background on this important initiative, and then if you are a female owner or co owner of a business and are in the position of deciding on expanding your business, take 10-15 minutes to complete the On Line Survey at this URL:

Ottawa, Washington, DC, ...Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, CATAAlliance and its CanWIT (Women in Tech) Division, and U.S. based Springboard Enterprises announced today a research and advocacy partnership to help find answers to the entrepreneurship gender gap in Canada and other jurisdictions.

CATAAlliance CEO, John Reid, said, “ the proportion of female-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is substantially lower than the proportion of women in the labour force; moreover the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa has completed seminal research showing that female-owned businesses do not grow as quickly as those owned by males.”

Reid added, “The goal in establishing the CATA/Telfer/Springboard Enterprises partnership is to answer the question: “Is this slower growth because women are less likely to seek growth, and if so, why?

Telfer School of Management Vice-Dean, Allan Riding said “We are now completing a gender gap questionnaire to reach out to the community for further input and guidance on required policies and programs to address gaps and growth opportunities for women led enterprises. And we are teaming up with our partners for video interviews with thought leaders around the globe with views to share on how to best address the entrepreneurship gender gap.” **

Amy Millman, CEO at Springboard Enterprises concluded, ”This is not only a matter of gender equity. Rather, a gender gap in performance of our growing enterprises reflects that we are not taking full advantage of our human, physical and human capital, with negative consequences on job creation and prosperity.”

++ Action Items: Executives interested in receiving further background on this initiative can download the following research materials at:

(25 slide overview presentation)

(8 page research paper)

Comments and guidance can be provided at the CanWIT (Women in Tech) fully moderated social network at: Executives interested in being interviewed should contact CATA CEO, John Reid at One of the goals of our interview series is to seek actionable solutions that can be implemented quickly and measured.

In video one,  Ozge Yeloglu, Co-Founder, TopLog, talks about the Entrepreneurship Gender Gap and the importance of mentorship.

in video two, Patricia Ryan, CEO & Co-Founder at Heath QR Inc., talks about the gender gap.

in video three, Kathleen Kemp, Co-Founder at CigBins & President, Enactus, uOttawa, talks about entrepreneurship.

About Telfer School of Management

Located in the heart of Ottawa, the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa is the proud academic home of some 3,600 students, 200 full- and part-time faculty members, and 20,000 alumni. Our accreditations from the three most demanding international ranking organizations (AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA) place our school in the top one percent of the world’s business schools.

Springboard Enterprises

Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where influencers, investors, and innovators meet to help early stage businesses scale. Springboard sources, coaches, showcases, and supports women-led growth companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion. Since 2000, more than 550 companies have participated in Springboard's accelerators raising in excess of $6.2 billion, generating billions in revenues and employing tens of thousands. Eleven companies in the portfolio have listed on public exchanges and many are now the engines of innovation within Fortune 1000 corporations.

About CATAAlliance

The largest high-tech association in Canada, CATAAlliance matches businesses with opportunities across almost every sector, so that we can all do business together. Reaching out from Canada, CATAAlliance members are connected with investment and partnership opportunities with the major global companies. CATAAlliance is a foundation for commercialization, market research, networking, events, access to other associations, and professional development, across the nation.


Amy Millman, President & CEO, Springboard Enterprises

Katherine Thompson, VP & National Spokesperson, CATAAlliance

Allan Riding, Vice-Dean, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa