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.
This year, we were pleased to see over 30 members apply for the grant! The grand prize was valued at $7000 and included a $2000 cash award, a free 2020 Mamas & Co. membership, a VIP ticket to both of our 2020 conferences, Business Bootcamp and MamaCon, and a year of Group Business Coaching with our Founder Lianne Kim.
We were honoured to have a distinguished panel of 3 incredible mom entrepreneurs to help us select the winner. Thank you to last year's Mamapreneur Fund Winner, Allison Venditti of CareerLove, Jill Stanton of Screw the Nine to Five and of course, Lianne Kim, CEO and Founder of Mamas & Co. for your input!
The winner was selected and announced at our annual conference MamaCon on October 26, 2019.
The 2019 winner of the Mamapreneur Fund was Kirsten Jordan of Mat Leave Map.
Kirsten's mission is to connect new moms in the Greater Toronto Area with things to do in the city while on maternity leave. An online resource providing the user with links to businesses within areas local to the individual. Her bigger vision is to bring this resource to other major cities across Canada for more new moms to access.
Our two runners up were awarded with a free 2020 membership. They are Rebecca Saha of Tiny Toy Co. and Joyce Lim of Sprout Collection. These women are also making big things happen and creating change in their communities.
We also want to make special mention of our other finalists in no particular order, Melanie Tapson, Amina Mohamed of Triple F Photo Tours, Julie Mateer LeJeune of Wish & Give, Michelle Dittmer of Canadian Gap Year Association, and Annabel Kalmar of Tea Rebellion.
It has been our honour to create this fund so we can help women like Kirsten, Rebecca, and Joyce grow their business and further their mission.
We look forward to helping more mamapreneurs, and growing the fund each year. 2020 Applications will open in summer of 2020, so stay tuned!