Stacy’s Rise Project™ is Supporting Female Entrepreneurs in Canada

Four women running small businesses in Canada will be awarded a grant of $15,000 CAD along with access to a mentorship program led by PepsiCo Foods Canada and Frito-Lay to help them grow their business.

Applications are open now and will be accepted until October 28, 2022. Canadian women running small businesses can apply at


“After a successful U.S. launch in 2019, we are proud to expand the Stacy’s Rise Project and start our journey in Canada where there are more than 1.1 million entrepreneurs. Across the country, women-owned businesses receive an estimated 4% of VC funding so we know there is more to be done,” said Jess Spaulding, Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo Foods Canada. “It is important for programs like the Stacy’s Rise Project to continue expanding, so that more women receive the support they need through funding, mentorship and resources.”

The Stacy’s Rise Project™ has partnered with the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) to address the unique challenges that women face and support them on their paths to establishing a successful business through funding, mentorship, and community.

“Despite the many barriers experienced by women entrepreneurs in Canada and the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, women continue to play a leading role in the management of new businesses, creation of jobs and advancing innovation,” said Alison Kirkland, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada. “Supporting women entrepreneurs is integral to the recovery and growth of our national economy and it is programs like the Stacy’s Rise Project that bring us closer to gender parity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

The Stacy’s Rise Project™ is continuing to empower more Canadian business founders to gain access to the resources they need. To learn more about the project, visit and follow them on Instagram @stacyscanada.