WELab Program

The Hunter Hub's WELab program is the first of its kind in Alberta. WELab is a female entrepreneurship education and mentorship program, designed to inspire and develop the next generation of women entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers across diverse disciplines.

Dates: This program's events will occur multiple times throughout the year. You are welcome to participate in some or all activities.

Open to: University of Calgary female-identifying undergraduate, graduate and post-doc students. Our mentorship workshops and digital incubator is also open to female-identifying staff and faculty members interested in building an idea into reality. 

Program details: Our WELab program is the first of its kind in Alberta. WELab is a female entrepreneurship education and mentorship program, designed to inspire and develop the next generation of women entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers across diverse disciplines.

2019/2020 WELab Stream: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In upcoming years, we will focus on other disciplines to meet our students’ needs.

WELab program's goals: 

  • supporting networking and mentorship access for women entrepreneurs 
  • creating awareness of entrepreneurial resources across all disciplines
  • strengthening business or entrepreneurial skills for women entrepreneurs in STEM
  • supporting the participation of women entrepreneurs in traditionally under-represented sectors, specifically women of colour and Indigenous women in STEM
  • supporting women to grow an existing business, social enterprise or side hustle in STEM and;
  • supporting women in building a business, social enterprise or side hustle in STEM

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Contacts: For more information, please contact hunterhub@ucalgary.ca or Elise Ahenkorah. Programs and Partnership Lead at elise.ahenkorah@ucalgary.ca

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Other Important Details


WELab Offerings

  • Mentorship workshops: Beginning in October 2019, WELab will be offering mentorship workshops with experienced entrepreneurs, changemakers and leaders in STEM.
  • WELab Hub, a women entrepreneurship digital incubator: We will be offering a digital incubator to centralize resources, templates, and funding sources for women entrepreneurs and changemakers. The incubator will also offer a digital chat portal for participants to connect with like-minded innovators and mentors. 
  • 2020 WELab Pitch Competition: In Spring 2020, the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking will be hosting a women entrepreneurship in STEM pitch competition. This is the first women in STEM entrepreneurship pitch competition in Alberta, Calgary and the University of Calgary. 

Event dates will be announced mid-September 2019.

Mentor Volunteer Opportunities

We have mentor opportunities for experienced STEM entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals interested in building the next generation of female changemakers. 

Format of mentorship: Our mentorship workshops are 1-1.5 hours where the mentor teaches the mentees a skill set related to their field. For each workshop, we include 20-30 minutes of Q&A for mentees/participants to ask specific questions to receive the mentorship they need to pursue their professional or entrepreneurial endeavours. 

Number of mentees per workshop: 25-30 (may change based on demand)

Mentor time commitment: To accommodate mentors' busy schedules, we have structured their involvement in a way that requires a 2 -5-hour commitment. The workshop is roughly an hour to an hour and a half and the remaining time is spent on mentors preparing their PowerPoint slide decks or presentation to teach mentees.

Here is an example of an alumni —Christiana Manzocco, teaching students participants how to build a consulting business in the same workshop format.

Dates of mentorship workshops: We will be hosting WELab mentorship workshops in October 2019, February 2020, March 2020 and in April 2020. 

Contacts: For more information, please contact hunterhub@ucalgary.ca 

 

Register for our inaugural WELab Mentorship Workshop - October 30th

On Wednesday, October 30th, the first WELab mentorship workshop will be hosted. An experienced STEM entrepreneur will be teaches mentees invaluable skills relating to their career. Our mentor will also be there to answer any questions or provide guidance to workshop attendees.

Do not miss the opportunity to build relationship and connections in and outside the University campus to support your entrepreneurial and professional goals.

At the beginning of the event, we will be hosting a VIP announcement event to share what WELab's program has to offer with our community and industry partners and government representatives.

After the announcement event, we will be hosting the University of Calgary's first WELab mentorship workshop.

Agenda:

  • Pre-workshop event: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM - WELab Announcement Event (To register, please visit here. It is not required to attend the announcement event to participate in the mentorship workshop. Workshop participants are for UCalgary female-identifying students, staff and faculty only.)
  • 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM - Registration and networking
  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM- Mentorship workshop
  • 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM - Q + A and networking
  • Optional networking will be available after the workshop

Catering available: We will be providing lunch and beverages.

Cost: This event is FREE but registration is required due to high demand.

Open to: All female-identifying students at all levels and across all faculties that are interested in entrepreneurship in STEM are welcome.

Female-identifying staff and faculty members that are interested in entrepreneurship in STEM are welcome as well.

Register today as there is limited space to accommodate this program's high demand. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in aligning your organization with a program that positions your commitment to building the next generation of leaders and creates a talent pipeline for future staff, please contact hunterhub@ucalgary.ca for more details.