Minister Charmaine Williams visits UTM incubator ICUBE

ICUBE and Associate Minister Charmaine Williams

In November, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, Charmaine Williams, toured ICUBE, the entrepreneurship accelerator at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Minister Williams met with female entrepreneurs to learn more about how ICUBE’s accelerator services have helped grow their startups. For example, ICUBE UTM has worked with women-led startups such as ZAMWILL, which equips high school aged girls in Zambia with in-demand technology skills; and Inwit, the first zero waste takeout app.

While on campus, Minister Williams had a chance to visit the site of a future science building that will house research labs, wet lab space, and a new incubator focused on early-stage life sciences startups. This new space will help drive research in the life sciences sector, which will benefit industry, academia, and Canada’s STEM talent pipeline.

Ontario has made investments, such as the Women’s Economic Security Program, that support women in entrepreneurship and grow the capacity of startups at every stage. The university welcomes this continued investment in growing the social and economic opportunities available to women in the province.

Read about our last government visit here.

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