My Start-Up

Employment has been identified as a leading component in promoting successful reintegration post incarceration, positive mental health and leading a fulfilling life in the community. However, securing paid employment with a criminal record is not easy, to say the least. Women feel stigmatized and discredited when approaching prospective employers.

There is hope. Research has identified that behaviours common among incarcerated individuals coupled with the experience of surviving the criminal justice system are aligned with the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. 

New to Elizabeth Fry Toronto is My Start-Up: Women’s Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with Rise Asset Development at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  

Each year, 22 women will be accepted into this inspiring and distinguished program.

There will be two cohorts per year; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

To learn more about the program and explore entrepreneurship, come to one of our planned Idea Generator sessions. Contact Kerry to learn more

To ensure a spot for the next cohort, complete the expression of interest form so we can begin communicating with you. 

Click here to view evaluation findings from year 1 of My Start-Up!

My Start Up Expression of Interest

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