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Please Note: The application period for business participants in this pilot program has now closed. 

If you are interested in applying as a mentor, please complete this application form

Access a printable PDF information sheet about the program at this link.


PEIBWA is excited to announce a new one-of-a-kind opportunity for women in early growth businesses in PEI - The Accelerate HER PEI Pilot Program!

Accelerate HER PEI is a 12-week program led by PEIBWA and the Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership in collaboration with the Startup Zone. The pilot will be broadcast from PEIBWA’s Rural Women’s Business Centre; however participants will have the option of participating virtually or in-person. This pilot program will serve high-potential women business owners, no matter their location in PEI.

Clients will 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, market research and guidance, and a pool of expertise with a variety of businesses and industry leaders.

Program Description

This 12-week pilot program involves accelerator programming and 1-1 mentorship support to learn how to grow your business. Targeted for businesses in the early growth stage of development, and businesses who may find themselves taking a new direction.  There is no cost to apply for or participate in the program.

Participants will take part in weekly group meetings and interact with experts for training and feedback, business-building assignments, networking opportunities, and referrals. Participants will also be matched with a mentor in their field for individual support throughout. Programming will be delivered both online and in-person at the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque, PEI.


Women-owned, for-profit businesses (defined as being at least 51% owned, managed, or controlled by women), in any sector currently registered in PEI that has been in continuous operation for at least one (1) year (as of December 2020) are invited to participate in this pilot program.

Preference may be given to underrepresented populations including but not limited to indigenous women and women of colour, Rural women business owners, women in trades and STEM disciplines, newcomers and women with disabilities, at the discretion of PEIBWA.

Program Activities & Components

  • Two hours per week group learning, broadcast from the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque, PEI
  • Pool of expert presenters to speak on a variety of business topics, based on intake assessment of participants
  • Access to business advisors
  • Peer support and networking with other women business owners
  • Weekly goal-setting and preparatory resources
  • One-on-One matchmaking with an experienced business owner/entrepreneur mentor
  • Bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with assigned mentor
  • Shared workspace & access to program resources and materials

Time Commitment

Project Start: Jan 18, 2021, Project End: April 9, 2021

The Accelerate HER PEI pilot program will run for 12 consecutive weeks, beginning with a two-hour orientation session on Monday, January 18th.

Please review the time commitment schedule to ensure that you have the time to commit to this program.

  • (1 hr) interview selection session
  • 12 (2 hr) Weekly accelerator meetings in person or virtual to include orientation, goal-setting, expert presentations, peer support and networking with cohort
  • (1 hr) Bi-weekly one-on-one mentorship meetings with mentor (in person or virtual)
  • (2 hr) Follow-up and evaluation
  • The total dedicated time commitment per participant for group and one-on-one activities/meetings will be approximately 33 hours for this 12-week program.

Participant Application

CLICK HERE to access the online application. 

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, Friday, December 18, 2020.

Mentor Application

Interested in being a mentor in the Accelerate HER PEI program? Please complete this application form

For more information please contact 

Shelley Jessop, Manager, Rural Women's Business Centre  or 902-887-3171


Rose FitzPatrick, PEI Project Coordinator, ACWGPP or 902-393-0306