ELLA is Ontario's first accelerator focused on supporting women-led product and service-based businesses.

We believe every woman entrepreneur should have access to the community, knowledge and resources they need to scale their business.

Empowering women to rise in entrepreneurship

Women entrepreneurs account for only 16% of business owners in Canada. It’s time to invest in change.

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What is ELLA?

ELLA is a COMMUNITY and an ACCELERATOR for women, by women. Our mission is to reduce the gap of gender inequality in entrepreneurship.

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Together we are stronger

ELLA Women forge their own path, but they are not alone. We give them the support, tools and guidance to not only navigate the entrepreneurial world, but thrive. This is your story.

Let’s make it amazing, together

By Women, For Women

Partner Recognition

"Initiatives like York University’s ELLA program help women entrepreneurs gain the knowledge, tools, and connections they need to start and grow their businesses. […] Together, we will ensure women-led businesses in the York region – and across the country – have access to the supports they need to start up, scale up, and access new markets."

The Honourable Mary Ng, Federal Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill

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