Friday, September 29, 2023

BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media open for applications

The Banff World Media Festival has opened its BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media to applications.

Supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada, the program offers training and mentorship to women entrepreneurs ready to grow or launch their own businesses in the screen-based industries.

50 candidates from Southern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia will be selected to participate in a hands-on business planning curriculum, facilitated networking opportunities, mentorship and access to potential investment partners through regional workshops in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, as well as a tailored stream of programming at the 2020 Banff World Media Festival.

“Some of the biggest obstacles that women face in the media business are difficulty accessing capital, pay inequity, financing large projects, economic insecurity and advancing past middle management,” said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. “This program will address these challenges, as well as the gender representation gap with the goal of supporting the launch of new ventures and growing existing women-led businesses within in the Canadian media industry.”

The program is open to women established in the media industry as well as those just starting out. Content production businesses and those that offer services within the screen-based industries are eligible.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 24.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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