Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship


Designed with the female entrepreneur in mind and tailored to her specific needs and challenges.

The Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE) is a program run by Innovation Factory and focuses on gender-related issues faced by women entrepreneurs.


AWE aims to empower women with the information, resources and connections needed to identify unique market opportunities and reach their business potential.

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Innovation Factory (iF) is a not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre funded by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and located in Hamilton, Ontario since 2011.


Innovation Factory provides entrepreneurs with business services, training, mentorship and strategic connections to help bring their disruptive innovations to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.

We work with high-potential entrepreneurs within six sectors; advanced manufacturing, clean tech, information technology, life sciences & health care, integrated transportation and social innovation.

Learn more about Innovation Factory by visiting our website or subscribing to our newsletter.

AWE Key Points of Contact

Brigitte Huard

AWE Program Manager

Shann McGrail

AWE Strategic Lead

Karen Linseman

AWE Operational Lead