Women and non-binary entrepreneurs: Gain the skills, support, and connections you need to help take your business global.

The EDC-Coralus program has demystified the complexities of exporting and comprises a diverse and inclusive community that embraces and supports all women and non-binary entrepreneurs. It provides the critical resources to accelerate your global growth journey.

Josephine Yam  —  CEO and co-founderSkills4Good AI, 2022 EDC-Coralus cohort participant


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About Coralus

  • Coralus (formerly SheEO) is a unique high-impact economic and social model powered by a global community of entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, influencers, customers, marketers, and experts, creating a dynamic ecosystem that fosters connections, trust, and kindness. 
  • The ecosystem is comprised of women and non-binary people and entrepreneurs, who offer and access resources at their own pace to advance the United Nation’s sustainability goals.
  • Coralus and EDC have partnered to create a cohort of activators—women and non-binary business owners looking to grow internationally. 

What participants receive

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Join a dynamic community

Access a global community, in-person or online, and make connections with cohort members, Coralus activators, Export Development Canada (EDC), and other trade experts and partners. 

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Participate in monthly cohort sessions

These sessions include tailored workshops, peer-to-peer resourcing, expert panel discussions with partner presence, and a 12-month period to support your business on your export journey (30-90 minutes a month). 

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Introductions to international trade experts

Connect with experts from EDC, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), and partner representatives to support your specific growth needs and answer your questions, on your own time schedule.


To be eligible to participate, applicants must:

  • Be a woman or non-binary founder or owner of a Canadian incorporated business.
  • Be a Canadian resident.
  • Run a revenue-generating business that’s been in operation for at least two years.
  • Have an export growth business objective (e.g., an export plan, short-term strategy to grow sales internationally, or already be selling outside Canada).
  • Commit to completing two short surveys to help us best serve you and better design future programs throughout the year.
  • Commit to attending 12 monthly 60- to 90-minute group sessions, to the best of your ability. We understand, there may be competing priorities, but know a richer experience is offered to all with the full cohort.
  • We highly encourage participants of all diverse backgrounds (i.e., Indigenous peoples, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ community) to participate.

*Additional cohort specific criteria may apply.


Upcoming cohorts

Growing Global activator cohort | women and non-binary

Coralus (formerly SheEO) and EDC and have partnered to create a cohort of activators—women and non-binary business owners looking to grow internationally.

Key dates

Application deadline: ongoing


To be eligible to participate in this cohort, applicants must (in addition to general program requirements):

  • Be revenue generating, accelerating towards $100,000

Sample session agenda(for illustration purposes only).



Growing Global activator cohort | Indigenous women and non-binary

Coralus (formerly SheEO), EDC and National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) have partnered to create a cohort of activators— Indigenous women and non-binary owners of product-based businesses looking to grow internationally.

Key dates

Application deadline: ongoing


To be eligible to participate in this cohort, applicants must (in addition to general program requirements):

  • Be an Indigenous woman or non-binary founder or owner of a Canadian incorporated business
  • Operate a product-based business

Sample session agenda(for illustration purpose only).


Going global: Empowering women through trade (guide)

As a bonus, upon application, you’ll receive access to EDC’s Going Global: Empowering women through trade guide, which offers insights to help Canadian women-owned businesses succeed internationally. This is just one of many knowledge resources we can provide to help you along your journey.


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Inclusion, diversity, and equity

EDC's Inclusive Trade strategy aims to deepen our impact on inclusion, diversity and equity by supporting Canadian exporting businesses owned by equity seeking groups.

Better understanding of the makeup of Canadian businesses will help us improve equitable access to support. 

Responding to the following question is completely voluntary and won’t impact admissibility to EDC existing programs, products and services. The information you submit will be used and processed by EDC, according to our Privacy Notice and Business Diversity Notice in support of EDC’s Inclusive Trade strategy.

Is your company MAJORITY owned (50% or more) by person(s) who identify as:

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Date modified: 2024-02-08