Rachel Bartholomew has been involved in the Canadian start up community for the past 10 years working in various roles in small businesses, venture capital, innovation labs and ecosystem partners. She currently working on her second business, HyIvy Health, focused creating a medical device for women with pelvic based cancers and diseases.

Her last start up worked with large corporate clients, such as eBay and Canadian Tire, to create augmented reality, e-commerce experiences for the aftermarket automotive industry. She is a graduate of the Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program at the University of Waterloo and Bachelors of Commerce at York University.

After graduation, she became an entrepreneurial advisor to over 250 formation stage businesses in the University of Waterloo undergraduate and graduate programs. She gives lectures in entrepreneurship to graduate, PhD and postdoctoral students in Engineering, and Quantum Computing. She has worked as an Analyst for venture capital firm CyberNorth Ventures, an Innovation Manager at Meridian Credit Union, Program Coordinator for Wilfrid Laurier University's incubator program LaunchPad, a Business Development Manager for a clean tech startup and was the Chapter Lead for Waterloo Regions Hacking Health Global Initiative.


10:30 AM ET   WORKSHOP 2

Real-Time Strategies for Business Success: A Conversation with Women Leaders

Women are at the forefront to lead Canada’s economic recovery and are displaying amazing examples of how creative thinking, quick pivoting and steadfast determination is allowing them to succeed. From scale-up to start-up to adaptability, today’s women business owners are overcoming hurdles and making their mark in our economy. Join us as we host a conversation discussing the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face and how their out of the box approaches have paved the way for their success.


Audiences will learn: 

  • Unforgettable lessons on driving organic sales;
  • How knowing when to pivot is critical for business survival in today’s economic climate; and,
  • Practical tips on raising funds and funding your business for success.