Portrait of Chris McMartin, Small Business National Lead, The Scotiabank Women Initiative

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The RISE of women’s entrepreneurship

Summit sets the stage for success

February 14, 2024

Imagine a day chock full of inspirational speakers, advice and networking opportunities to help women advance their careers.

That’s what HELIX, Seneca Polytechnic’s innovation and entrepreneurship incubator, did and the resulting free, virtual summit was a huge success – close to 500 participants, 11 speakers and 30 virtual booth exhibitors.

The HELIX RISE Summit, which is open to the Seneca community and the public at large, was developed in partnership with Scotiabank. It will feature successful female leaders who will share their experiences as entrepreneurs. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to network and connect with organizations offering specialized services for women.

“HELIX RISE is about everyone working together and getting excited about new ideas and successes that we're seeing”

“This year’s focus is on the entrepreneurial mindset,” says Kate Collins, Project Manager, HELIX. “The summit will include an empowering keynote speech, a thought-provoking panel discussion, interactive workshops and invaluable networking opportunities with organizations that support women.”

The summit is part of the HELIX HERizons initiative, which offers programming to help women get ahead in their careers. It was developed thanks to the HELIX expansion in 2021, which Scotiabank supported with $300,000 in funding, dedicated to equipping women, gender-diverse individuals and marginalized communities with essential skills and opportunities.

The result is super impactful, said Chris McMartin, Small Business National Lead, The Scotiabank Women Initiative.

“HELIX RISE is about everyone working together and getting excited about new ideas and successes that we’re seeing,” McMartin said. “It’s for anyone who’s looking to expand their network and discover a new passion.”

HELIX RISE committee members Katrina Ramdath, Owner of Core Sales Inc., Amy Koning, Manager, Special Projects, Samara Rincon Rodriguez, Coordinator, HERizons, Chris McMartin, Small Business National Lead, The Scotiabank Women Initiative® and Lindsay James, Senior Development Officer.

It also builds on the work HELIX has been doing since 2014 when it started working with students, graduates and community members to provide support to both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike.

The summit, which was held on Nov. 16, reflects the shared commitment of Seneca and Scotiabank to education, resilience and community.

 

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