My Start-Up Program

Training and support for women starting their own business.


Program Benefits


Participants who graduate from My Start-Up receive a $200 completion bonus, and are eligible to apply for a low-interest small business loan of up to $5000 through our program partner Rise.

Click here to view evaluation findings from year 1 of My Start-Up!

Next Cohorts 




4 - 5 Month Program | Phase 1 - Preparatory: 4 - 7 sessions - 2 hours per workshop ; Phase 2 -  Educational: 8 weeks - 2 hour small business training - 3 times per week

My Start-Up is a self-employment training and support program for women who want to start their own business. The Program is offered in partnership with Rise, a national charity based at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.


My Start-Up serves women of colour, Indigenous women, women living in poverty, single mothers, newcomers, criminalized women or those who’ve experienced trauma, mental health and substance use struggles. These women are often quite resilient, resourceful, and throughout their lives have had to find creative solutions to earn an income- the very qualities that make successful entrepreneurs.

Historically, the women that My Start Up serves rarely have the opportunity to gain the networks, support and resources needed to start their own small businesses. The My Start-Up: Women’s Entrepreneurship Program strives to help alleviate this deficit.

Participants of the My Start Up Program learn foundational skills and techniques that will benefit their employment, self-employment and personal endeavours, and gain a range of small business training that includes marketing, customer analysis, financial management, legal considerations, pitch delivery, creation of a business plan, connection to small business networks, and financing information.

Each cohort, up to 25 women will be accepted into this inspiring and distinguished program.

To explore entrepreneurship and your own small business ideas, come to one of our Idea Generator sessions, or contact employment coordinator to learn more about the program at

To ensure a spot for the next cohort, complete the expression of interest form so we can begin

communicating with you.



Supporting women to create meaningful change

215 Wellesley Street E.

Toronto, ON M4X 1G1

416 924 3708

Toll Free: +1 855 924 3708

Fax: 416 924 3367

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