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EMPOWER GIRLS

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EMGirls aims to bridge the gender gap in the entrepreneurship field and acts as a catalyst for girls to hone their confidence, resilience, and critical thinking.

During the summer of 2019, Candice, one of the co-founders of EMGirls, had the opportunity to go to an entrepreneurial summer camp. She was very excited about it at first since she has always been interested in business. However, when she entered the camp, she was surprised to find out that there were only 7 girls out of 60 participants in the camp!

Women, despite being about half the labor force, only own 36 percent of companies in the United States. Just 19 percent of top executives are women, which means out of 10 executives, only two are female. Research shows that women around the world are less likely to consider entrepreneurship as a career path.

We recognize this huge gender disparity in the business field, especially the entrepreneurship area. And we strive to change that at EMGirls! Our goal is to empower girls and make entrepreneurial resources more accessible.

HISTORY

April 3rd, 2020 || EMGirls is established
EMGirls was established in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Emily Nguyen and Candice Huang had an aspiration to empower girls and bridge the gender gap in the #entrepreneurship field. The name “EMGirls”, coined by the co-founder and co-director Candice Huang was first legally used after issuing a certificate of incorporation approved by the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) on April 3rd, 2020. Later on, it was first public on EMGirls first instagram post on April 18th, marking the new beginning of a youth-led organization.

May 20th, 2020 || The EMGirls Executive Team officially comes into existence
On May 20th, the EMGirls Executive Recruitment began with 12 executives and they met on the same day to draw up EMGirls first project. The project was named by Emily Nguyen - the co-founder and co-director as the 2-Day Online Pitching Program (2P program).

June 2020 || EMGirls 2-Day Online Pitching Program
The 2P Program was presented to 27 female students who are interested in entrepreneurship and pitching skills. The EMGirls Waterloo chapter was also found at that time.

August 2020 || EMGirls Entrepreneurial Competition (EEC) took place
EMGirls hosted an entrepreneurial competition in the month of August, which included a series of entrepreneurship webinars, mentorship program, and grant finale competition. The competition was initiated to help girls to transform their ideas into actual businesses, or develop their existing businesses further! Over 480 high-school level and university students from 49 countries participated in the competition. Moreover, our team offered 119 mentoring sessions to the participants and invited 17 mentors and judges.

September 5, 2020 || EMGirls Entrepreneurial Competition Ceremony
EMGirls hosted a ceremony to celebrate the achievements of EEC participants. To watch the ceremony, please click here.

October 6, 2020 || Interview with CTV Toronto
The co-founders of EMGirls, Candice and Emily, were interviewed by CTV Toronto. In this interview, they discussed further about EMGirls and its initiative, EMGirls Entrepreneurial Competition (EEC).

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EMGirls is a youth-led nonprofit organization that aims to empower girls by continually challenging them to step out of their comfort zones.