At Mamas & Co. we believe in giving back to our community. In 2018 we established the Mamapreneur Fund, an annual grant to be awarded to a deserving mama member within our community who shows promising business skills and a deep desire to make an impact on the world around them.
In our inaugural year, we were pleased to see over 30 members apply for the grant! The grand prize was worth over $2000 and included a $1500 cash award, a free 2019 Mamas & Co. membership and a ticket to both of our 2019 conferences, Business Bootcamp and MamaCon.
We were honoured to have a distinguished panel of 3 incredible mom entrepreneurs to help us select the winner. Thank you to Shelagh Cummins, Danielle Botterell of Spark Consulting and Julie Cole co-founder of Mabel's Labels for your input!
The winner was selected and announced at our annual conference MamaCon on October 20, 2018.
The 2018 winner of the Mamapreneur Fund was Allison Venditti of Career Love.
Allison has a mission of keeping women in the workforce after having children. She is launching a new "Return to Work" course that will help prepare new mothers for returning to their jobs after maternity leave. She also plans to devote some of the funds to develop a program to help companies and HR teams keep women in the work force and create a pipeline for female leadership candidates. Allison saw an area where there is tremendous need and she is filling that need with the work that she does.
We also awarded two runners up with a free 2019 membership. Those members were Ronit Soroksky of League of Moms and Jana Giradauskas of Period Purse. These women are also making big things happen and creating change in their communities.
It has been our honour to create this fund so we can help women like Allison, Ronit and Jana grow their business and further their mission.
We look forward to helping more mamapreneurs, and growing the fund each year. 2019 Applications will open in summer of 2019, so stay tuned!