Fund awarded to Canadian women entrepreneurs to provide market opportunities and support growth
Calgary, Alberta (May 20, 2019) – Calgary based company, Medlior Health Outcomes Research Ltd., has been awarded the Women Entrepreneurship Fund by the Government of Canada. This unique fund provides support to women to grow their businesses and facilitate their pursuit of opportunities in markets abroad.
“I am extremely proud and honored to receive funding from the Government of Canada to grow my health research organization and expand our international business,” said Medlior Founder, Tara Cowling.
Medlior Health Outcomes Research Ltd., was started in 2008 by Cowling and is an independent Canadian research consultancy based in Calgary, Alberta. Medlior delivers robust research services to meet the needs of diverse audiences and inform health decision-making. Led by Cowling, Medlior’s core purpose is to positively impact global health with rigorously conducted research and data analysis.
“We inform decision-making with robust evidence,” said Cowling. “Every day there are multiple decisions that need to be made in the health sector, and we provide high-quality research to inform these decisions.”
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund is supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada and is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and supporting women entrepreneurs. On May 3, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced a $900,000 investment in nine Calgary-area, women-led companies. Each successful recipient will receive an investment of up to $100,000.
“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return,” said Minister Ng.
The goal of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund is to address women’s economic empowerment with the hope of doubling the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025. This strategy has the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP by 2026
For Medlior, these funds will allow the firm to advance their marketing efforts to reach a larger international audience, grow their business and affect real change both locally and internationally.
“The fund will be used to travel to European conferences to exhibit our services and present our research utilizing the Alberta health system data,” said Cowling. “It will also allow us to further develop our proprietary online tool, Real World Radar, to enhance research collaboration with electronic health data, and hire more graduates from the University of Calgary to support our increased volume of work.”
Medlior Health Outcomes Research Ltd. is an independent Canadian research consultancy based in Calgary, Alberta. Each member of the Medlior team holds an advanced degree, which is paired with relevant work experience from academia, the health system, consulting and/or industry. This breadth of experience provides Medlior with a decided advantage when conducting health outcomes research. Medlior will continue to strive towards their purpose of positively impacting global health through rigorously conducted research.