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AWE SUMMIT  Innovation Factory's Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE) is back this Fall 2019. Save-the-Date.  Join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 9am to 3:30pm at McMaster Innovation Park for a full day of programming for entrepreneurs. Keynote Speaker: Takara Small, Writer, Public Speaker Takara is a Tech columnist @MetroMorning & a Tech analyst @CBC @globeandmail + @CTV and the Founder @VentureKidsCan Takara will be speaking on Gender, Diverstity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship.  Takara Small is a Toronto-based tech entrepreneur, journalist and developer.  She is a technology columnist on Metro Morning (Toronto's top-rated morning radio show) and the founder and executive director of VentureKids Canada, a Toronto-based nonprofit that provides free coding classes and startup workshops to youth living in low-income and underserved communities.

Since launching, the organization has worked with community-focused groups like Toronto Public Library (Canada's largest public library system and Venture13 (one of Canada's rural-based startup incubators) to create inclusive opportunities for diverse students from across the city of Toronto and the province.  Meanwhile her written and broadcast work been featured in news outlets around the world, which include the BBC, CBC, Toronto Star, Refinery29, Flare magazine, Fortune magazine and more. In addition to her work on CBC Radio she is also the host/producer of the Globe and Mail's technology podcast "I'll Go First", which in 2018 was named one of the best technology podcasts in the country by Apple Canada. Meanwhile, as a sought after and renowned public speaker she's often invited to share her thoughts about entrepreneurship and innovation with international audiences at festivals, like Deloitte's DisruptionByDesign summit, Collision conference, Elevate, Social Media Week and more.
RECENT AWARDS/ACCOLADES: CSPAN: Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2019) L'Oreal Canada: Top 5 Women-led Startups (2019) AdWeek magazine: Brand Star Leader (2019) Move the Dial: Dial Mover (2018) SPECIAL DRAW. Register yourself and a friend for the Nov 14th AWE SUMMIT before September 30th at 5pm, 2019 and get entered into a draw 2 tickets to Michelle Obama at FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton on October 11th. Results of the draw will be announced on October 1st, 2019. Innovation Factory's Accelerator for Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE) is a program designed to support success for women entrepreneurs through inclusive, educational programming and focused engagement that accelerates results for female founded and co-founded companies.  All women entrepreneurs, motivated professionals and allies, particularly those with innovative businesses, are encouraged to attend and expand their networks through AWE.

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