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Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership

The Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGPP) is a collaborative partnership between the four Atlantic Provincial Women’s Business Organizations (WBO’s) including: PEIBWA, the Nova Scotia Centre for Women in Business; Women in Business New Brunswick, and (NLOWE) The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women’s Entrepreneurs.

This project is supported by the Government of Canada through the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) to create a diverse, inclusive economy that will ensure a better quality of life for women entrepreneurs in Canada.

Through collaboration with women’s business organizations across Atlantic Canada, PEIBWA is connecting with other business and service organizations, and conducting a needs assessments to develop and deliver programs for under-represented women and women-owned businesses and increasing our capacity to support women in start-up and growth phases through shared knowledge, networks, resources, research, and programs.

Learn more about ACWGPP here.

Current & Upcoming Programs & Services

Moving Women Online Program (Completed)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on women entrepreneurs and business owners in particular, forcing us to rethink how we do business now and into the future. PEIBWA, through the Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership (ACWGP), worked with a cohort of women entrepreneurs from across PEI to provide training to help them adapt their current business operations to an online eCommerce platform.

Accelerate HER PEI Program (Ongoing)

New Cohort: September 29, 2021 - PEIBWA will be announcing a callout for applications soon.

Accelerate HER PEI is a 12-week funded program led by PEIBWA and the Atlantic Canada Women in Growth Partnership. The program is broadcast and delivered from PEIBWA’s Rural Women’s Business Centre both in-person and virtually. This program serves high-potential women business owners from across PEI. There is no cost for individuals selected for the cohort to participate in the program.

Participants benefit from free access to business support services customized to meet their individual needs. This includes weekly group meetings, one-on-one mentorship, peer support, and a pool of expertise with a variety of businesses and industry leaders.

Activate HER PEI  - Start-up Program for Women (New)

PEIBWA, through the support of the Atlantic Canada Women in Growth Partnership is excited to offer a NEW six–week program for women looking to start a new business. 

The Call for Applications for Activate HER PEI is coming soon!

Program Start: October 14, 2021

Program End: November 18, 2021

From ideation to implementation

This six-week facilitated program is for women from across Prince Edward Island wanting to start a new business. The program will take participants through the steps of creating a solid business plan, while providing additional resources to help take your concept from ideation to implementation. 

Activate HER PEI Start-up Program will be facilitated at the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque, and there will be an opportunity for virtual participation for those who cannot attend in person.

Designated workspace is available at the Rural Women’s Business Centre exclusively for Accelerator and Start-up program participants. This includes a fully equipped workspace, private offices, and areas for networking with other program participants. Flexible after-hours access will be available upon request.

For more information about the Activate HER PEI Program, contact: PEIBWA Charlottetown office at (902) 892-6040 OR the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque at (902) 887-3171.

Atlantic Women's Business Series

ACGWPP is hosting a series of panel sessions highlighting successful women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada through a one-and-a-half-hour interactive Zoom platform. The Atlantic Women in Business Series features interviews with women entrepreneurs from under-served areas and sectors to share their personal stories, including barriers faced, what they’ve learned along the way, support networks, and advice for new women-owned start-ups and growth-stage businesses.

The Atlantic Women’s Business Series provides a networking platform for aspiring women entrepreneurs to see themselves in these women leaders and chart their own path to entrepreneurship.

  • Women Leading the Way in Trades(July 21, 2020) 
  • Indigenous Women Leading the Way in Entrepreneurship” (Sept 1, 2020) 
  • "Atlantic Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Leading the way in Science and Technology" (Nov 4, 2020)
  • "Rural Women Leading the Way in Entrepreneurship" (April 8, 2021)
  • "Women with Disabilities Leading the Way in Entrepreneurship" (June 8, 2021) - watch the recording of this session at this link (Passcode ^aDwD1Rm)
  • "Women under 30 Leading the way in Entrepreneurship" (UPCOMING Sept 14, 2021)


For more information about the above programs, please contact Rose FitzPatrick, PEI Project Coordinator, ACWGPP at or by phone at 902-393-0306.

Advancing the economic power of women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada.

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