Organizing Partners

Thank you to the following partners and sponsors of this competition and program:

Black Business & Professional Association

Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a non-profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.


CASA Foundation

Casa Foundation for International Development is a Canadian Registered Non Profit founded in 2011 to advance women, youths, and emerging leaders, through economic, entrepreneurship, and business development initiatives. Casa Foundation offers support to vertical sectors in the area of health, infrastructure, and education. Casa foundation’s social impact programs and initiatives are executed through the trifold approach of Partnership, Sponsorship, and Mentorship.

Consequently, Casa Foundation holds strategic economic, business, and entrepreneurship forums, conferences, workshops, training, and seminars. These sessions aim to create a robust platform for discussion of economic, business, and entrepreneurship development initiatives that could expand small businesses and improve access to resource requirements for leaders, women and startup groups. Her platforms seek to develop business initiatives and mentoring support for women, youths, and potential leaders that could strengthen private participation in economic development. Facilitators are drawn from expert panel teams from institutions in the public and private sector and companies operating in the sector focus for each year.

Casa foundation’s Educational programs support University, College, and International students in business-related studies in Canada by bridging the gap in required learning resources. Casa provides tuition scholarships -through its designated Colleges, tutoring, training, educational materials and conferences to students of her partner Universities and Colleges. The education support program aims to provide grants to innovative students to augment the cost of tertiary and graduate education where available. Casa foundation’s health support programs are executed by international Partners who provide medical equipment to teaching hospitals, health and immunization awareness programs-under her “Mother & Child” program.

Through its Annual Roundtable Conferences, Casa Foundation encourages business ideas that improve community development and entrepreneurial thinking amongst business leaders.


Sedulous Women Leaders

Founded in 2018, de Sedulous Women Leaders (dSWL) is a national network (Social enterprise for profit) whose mission is to get as many immigrant black women to rise to the T.O.P of their professional career, entrepreneurial and political journey by facilitating the delivery of mastermind classes, private coaching, mentorship, free quarterly events and annual conference. With 6 City Chapters (Grande Prairie, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Surrey in United Kingdom) and a network of over 500 women members, de Sedulous Women Leaders’ goal is to elevate the next generation of women leaders that would produce the next emerging innovators, creators, changemakers and disruptors. The free quarterly events connect women leaders together to foster networking, collaboration and partnerships.

In response to Covid-19 Pandemic effect on small businesses particularly immigrant female-owned businesses, dSWL launched the first ever Female Immigrant Grant known as the “femImmiGRANTS” in Canada – a venture project aimed to support immigrant women business owners with support grant to scale up their businesses plus a 12 months mentorship growth program that connects the women with mentor organizations who guide their growth by connecting them to available resources and best practices. The femImmiGRANT is powered by “dSWL Elevators” who are immigrant women who willingly and intentionally contribute funds into the grant purse; while “dSWL Dolphins” acts as Pitch Judges to select and determine the Start-up to win the grant based on approved scorecards.

de Sedulous Women Leaders is listed as a resource hub for women entrepreneurs on the directory of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH); Sedulous Women is also a partner with the Alberta Women Entrepreneur on the Strengthening Partnership Connect project.


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