Government of Canada invests in women-led business in Manitoba


May 31, 2019 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) is a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025 by increasing their access to financing, talent, networks, and expertise.

The WES has several key elements, including the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, the WES Ecosystem Fund, and the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub aims to collect and gather data, with the goal of providing information, data, and best practices for women entrepreneurs. The WES Ecosystem Fund provides funding for mentorship, networking, and skills development through third-party initiatives. The Women Entrepreneurship Fund directly invests in women-owned or -led businesses.

Today's announcement is for 15 WES projects in Manitoba:

Name of Proponent Project Description Funding Amount
Apprentisage Illimité Inc. Digitize learning tools for the teaching of French as a foreign language $100,000
Botanical PaperWorks Inc. Enhance an integrated e-commerce platform to grow sales of seed paper in Europe $100,000
CALLIA INC. Develop a proprietary technology platform that enables rapid scale up in the floral market $99,111
Campfire Union Inc. o/a Flipside XR Convert real-time animation software to operate on a new virtual reality platform $100,000
Community Futures Parkland Inc. Closing service gaps in the entrepreneur ecosystem that are unique to rural and northern women entrepreneurs $1,215,000
Feast Café Bistro Expand restaurant and catering business $100,000
The Great GORP Project Inc. Improve production efficiency and develop a sales and marketing plan to launch new products in the Canadian and Chinese markets. $100,000
Huna Natural Apothecary Inc. Introduce plant-pigmented colour cosmetics to Canadian and U.S. markets $100,000
Manitoba Women's Enterprise Centre Inc. Establish a centralized national office to serve women entrepreneurs across Canada $2,254,000
Manitoba Women's Enterprise Centre Inc. Close the entrepreneurship ecosystem gaps faced by rural and remote-based entrepreneurs removed from urban business centres. $1,513,900
Premier Packaging Services Ltd. o/a Medallion Milk Increase production capacity and export Canadian milk powder products to China $100,000
Prairie Fava Ltd. Expand into the U.S. market through scale up and product commercialization activities $100,000
Prairie West Ice Cream Inc. Expand specialty ice cream sales in the Canadian market $100,000
SEED Winnipeg Inc. Providing skill building, networking, matchmaking, and mentorship opportunities to strengthen business and entrepreneurial skills in diverse women's communities $664,612
Tiber River Naturals Incorporated Develop an e-commerce platform and U.S. marketing plan for natural bath and home products $100,000

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Nathalie Leroux
Director, Policy Planning and External Relations - Manitoba
Western Economic Diversification Canada 204-984-8472

Mallory Clyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

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