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ELLA - Ascend

ELLA Ascend

ELLA Ascend is a 4-month accelerator program designed for women entrepreneurs to scale their business at a fast-tracked pace. You are solving an inherent need in the marketplace and have proven traction. Now, gain the edge you need to take big strides forward.

What you'll receive as a program participant in ELLA Ascend

Get expert advice that’s tailored to your specific business needs through a variety of program elements including one-on-mentorship, progress check-ins with a staff member, and join a small group of peers in bi-weekly meetings to discuss current challenges and possible paths to success, through Founder circles. You will also participate in hands-on workshops, which will cover topics necessary to complete program deliverables and will be conducted by experts in their field.

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ELLA gives you access to an inclusive community of women entrepreneurs who span across many backgrounds, industries, and specializations.

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Leadership development

Set yourself up for success through curated workshops and customized support from experts to develop the leader in you.

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Growth frameworks

Develop the sales and marketing playbook needed to scale your venture.

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Milestone driven

Think you have the next high potential venture and want to take it to the next level? This 4-month virtual accelerator program is designed to support women entrepreneurs as they find product-market fit, build traction, and unlock their roadmap for scale through workshops, and one-on-one mentorship.


Applications open

April 17, 2023

Applications closed

May 8, 2023

Candidates notified

May 30, 2023

Launch and orientation

June 20, 2023

Program concludes

October 20, 2023

Application process

Step: One

Companies apply online via the application form linked below.

If you have any questions about the registration process, email us at ellawomen@yorku.ca

Step: Two

Short-listed candidates invited to interview in May.

Step: Three

Candidates finalized in May.

Program eligibility

  • You are a woman entrepreneur with at least 50% ownership of a registered business, non-profit or social enterprise, and you are working full-time on your venture  
  • You have a minimum annual revenue of $50,000 and paying customers 
  • Your business is located in Canada
  • You are open to change, looking to step out of your comfort zone and are willing to give back to the ELLA Community with your own strengths and insight
  • You can commit fully to the requirements of a 4-month accelerator program

Frequently asked

Please note that attendance at EIR meetings, Progress Check-ins, Founder Circles, and Workshops is mandatory. However, we understand that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances. If you are not able to make a session, please email us at ellawomen@yorku.ca to let us know.

For any questions related to programming elements, resources, or technical components of the program, please email ellawomen@yorku.ca.

Official ELLA programming is designed for the participants and are facilitated in such a way that creates a safe space for the participants who were accepted into the program; therefore, only officially accepted participants can attend ELLA programming. For any external related events hosted by ELLA and community partners, external guests may attend.


Apply now to receive the tools you need to succeed.


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