Call for Expression of Interest: Development of a Digital Entrepreneurship Hub for Women Entrepreneurs

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) is calling for expression of interest to participate in the request for proposal (RFP) process. The call is open to web developers with a passion for the advancement of women entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan.

The Digital Entrepreneurship Hub was a recommendation that stemmed from the Saskatchewan Advisory Committee Report which was released September 2020.

One of the greatest challenges for all entrepreneurs is navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem and leveraging relevant available resources. The entrepreneurial ecosystem includes educational institutions, banks, accountants, investors, regulators, and governmental agencies, to name a few. While support is vast, information and resources often lack coordination and can be overwhelming to navigate.

The Committee proposed the following recommendations:

  • Building on the current infrastructure and programs/services of WESK such as The Exchange, create a one-stop shop Digital Hub that eases navigation and access to: resources, programs and services, mentors, experts and peers; and
  • Create systems for real-time data collection regarding but not limited to program/service utilization, demographics on the business and degree to which businesses are achieving scale. The data gathered will also be valuable for analysis of trends and insights into identifying companies who may or may not be aware of their position for scaling.

This portal will enable women to access relevant resources in a timely manner. The digital nature of the hub eliminates barriers to access such as distance, accessibility to childcare, and financial resources.

This online hub will also link women to mentors and subject matter experts in a virtual environment.

To ensure you receive the RFP, please submit your expression of interest to Cara Cote (ccote@wesk.ca)  no later than Oct 23, 2020 at 5:00pm.