PowerUp is a free program to develop your skills to successfully start, run and grow your business idea.

What is the right stream for you?

Choosing the best PowerUp stream depends on your goals, strengths, and preferences. Consider the following factors when making your decision:

  • Do you already have a clear business idea, or are you more interested in exploring self-employment options?
  • Are you looking for in-depth business training and mentorship, or do you primarily need guidance on self-employment practices?
  • Do you have the necessary resources and capital to start a business, or are you seeking ways to minimize initial investment?


Both streams of the PowerUp program—self-employment and business idea development—offer unique opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. Let's explore each stream in more detail to help you make an informed decision:

PowerUp Ready

The PowerUp Ready program offers a flexible 10-week business training for women entrepreneurs ready to start or grow their businesses.


Our upcoming info sessions will take place on ZOOM from 10:00am to 11:00am on the following dates: March 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

Register for the info session

PowerUp Explore

PowerUp Explore addresses distinct gaps in accessible services/training offering women ”discovery” training. This program is perfect for aspiring entrepreneurs who are exploring the idea of self-employment. Participants will take part in interactive assessments and training sessions with Business Advisors to get them started on their journey to entrepreneurship.

A few things you will learn:

  • What is Self-Employment and Am I Ready For It?
  • How to Build An MVP (Minimal Viable Product)
  • Financial Considerations and Personal Budgets
  • and more!


Step into the world of successful online entrepreneurship with the support of our dedicated E-Commerce Advisor. Regardless of where you are in your journey, we’re happy to offer guidance on the next best step for you.


E-Business Advisors offer:

  • Practical guidance provided by skilled Advisors to empower businesses in establishing an online presence.
  • Expert support for entrepreneurs at all technical skill levels.
  • Consultation on e-commerce that emphasizes crafting user-friendly Website Designs using leading online store platforms.
  • Innovative strategies for executing effective Social Media Marketing.
  • Suggestions for crafting captivating product descriptions and website content.
  • Pointers on implementing search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to enhance website visibility on platforms like Google.
  • Examination of user behavior and how to facilitate A/B testing for refining conversion rates.
  • Utilization of Inventory Management and Material Requirements Planning software, with the client taking the lead.
  • Step-by-step setup of shipping options and logistics to accommodate business growth.
  • Exploration of novel markets and sales channels.
  • Guidance in independently listing products on e-commerce marketplaces and platforms such as Amazon and eBay.




  • Self-identifying women* who are looking to develop skills 
  • Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Able to commit with four (PowerUp Explore) or ten (PowerUp Ready) weeks of online and in-person workshops


Next start date: PowerUp Ready - April 16, 2024 | PowerUp Explore - April 24, 2024

Register for the info session

*This program is open to non-binary or gender-diverse people. We warmly welcome members of the BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Disabled communities. 

If you have accessibility needs, please contact us to discuss accommodation.


YWCA PowerUp
604 605 8483 | powerup@ywcavan.org 
535 Hornby Street - 4th floor, Vancouver, BC
Office hours: Monday to Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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         The YWCA PowerUp has been funded in part through the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development.