Shout Out to All the Bosses with Big Ideas—It's Global Entrepreneurship Week

Honestly, there's never been a better time to start your own biz

(Illustration: Assa Ariyoshi)

(Illustration: Assa Ariyoshi)

Shout out to all the bosses, innovators, inventors and women out there who are working toward turning their big ideas into bold new businesses. It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week—and honestly, there’s never been a better time to start your own biz. FLARE has all the #careerinspo you could ever need in one place to keep you motivated and set you up for success.

You’ll find profiles of women like Aisha Addo, who started pitching media outlets on her genius idea Toronto’s first ladies-only ride-sharing platform with a barely a business in a place. And Aria Umezawa, who took her love of opera (yes, Aria is her real name) and decided to retell the classics in ways that resonate with younger audiences. There’s Biying Miao, an architect who realized she could create super chic structural jewellery using her love of geometry and a 3D printer on her dining room table. And Eden Full Goh, who left university after her first year to dedicate her time and focus to a science-fair project she knew had potential to change lives in area across the world.

Beyond just dreaming it, these women are defying tough markets to start brilliant new businesses. Even better? They’re proving they can be successful without pricey MBAs. In 2015, 62 percent of startups in Canada were founded by women with limited biz experience, says a survey from Sage, a business management software provider. Ladies are out-launching men, too: we’re one-third more likely to create a startup.

By the looks of it, the Canadian government is taking notice too, earmarking $5 million within the federal budget to improve the lives of female entrepreneurs. Over the next few years, you can expect to see more mentorship and networking opportunities coming your way—and FLARE will be there to document it all. (P.S. Thanks, Justin! <3)

If you’re eager for more, join us tomorrow morning November 17 at 11 a.m. EST for a Facebook Live panel discussion with four talented self-starters—including Aisha Addo, Aria Umezawa, Chakameh Shafii and Erin Bury—who have created, launched and sustained creative new companies. Tweet us @FLAREFashion with any questions you’d like us to ask, using the hashtag #BeYourOwnBoss.

All homepage illustrations by Assa Ariyoshi

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