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Gender-Smart Entrepreneurship Education and Training +

Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems to Support Underserved Entrepreneurs


March 23, 2021
11:00 am–12:30 pm (EDT)


This roundtable will be hosted on Zoom.


Maddie Handler, mhandler@gbsn.org

This roundtable will showcase a multi-country project that mobilizes evidence-based insights in the development of entrepreneurship education and training as drivers of economic empowerment of girls, women and other disadvantaged groups (e.g., youth, informal workers). The GEET+ is the work of Telfer School of Management’s Professor Barbara Orser and Dr. Catherine Elliott. The tool has been selectively applied in Canada and the United States.  Led by the Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI) and funded by the International Development Research Centre (Canada), the pilot project is being launched in Peru, Mexico, Kenya, and Nigeria. 

Join this roundtable and learn how the WEI international team of collaborators and experts is working to: 

  • Strengthen pathways to build viable and bankable women-owned enterprises. 
  • Enhance the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education and training within universities and community-based support organizations by addressing biases in solution design and sector knowledge about equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Refine measurement and assessment criteria to support gender equality in entrepreneurship education and training. 
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing among academic, industry, non-governmental and government stakeholders, including the catalyzation of networks where they do not already exist.  

Attendees will leave the roundtable with an understanding of how entrepreneurship education and training can influence perceptions and better address systemic biases.     

Understand how entrepreneurship education and training can better address biases within course content, design and delivery.   

Share information about the Gender-Smart Education and Training Action Strategy (GEET+) as an assessment tool.

Grow from lessons shared about shifting perceptions in education, training and business communities to better support women entrepreneurs.

Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI) is a global, non-profit committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment (SDG 5) and inclusive economic growth for the benefit of all. Founded in 2018, WEI responds to the Call to Action of the United Nations Secretary-General’s (UNSG) High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. WEI’s mission is to catalyze and advance women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship and advocacy. WEI’s work is supported by a global network of experts, influencers, partners, researchers, and stakeholders.

The Telfer School of Management is committed to driving the design and delivery of inclusive entrepreneurship education and training to enhance the UN Sustainable Development Goals of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Telfer’s Inclusive Entrepreneurship scholars are informing research, practice and policy to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • 11:00 am – 12:30pm ET
  • 8:00am Los Angeles
  • 4:00pm London
  • 5:00pm Lagos
  • 7:00pm Nairobi
  • 9:30pm Mumbai

Registration Information

This roundtable will be hosted on zoom. To participate, please complete the online registration form where you will be prompted to create a free account in order to complete. You will receive a zoom meeting link with your confirmation. Seats are limited, secure your spot today.


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