Vancity Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program

Welcome to the Unity Program

Women’s Enterprise Centre and Vancity are proud to announce that the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program is better than ever, and is now accepting new applicants!

We’ve made changes to give women, and anyone who identifies as women or non-binary, more access to the funds they need, more networking opportunities with like-minded people, and more advice from experienced mentors with the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program.

So, whether you’re just starting out or trying to grow your business, you can tailor your support program to meet your unique needs.

This program includes two types of support:

1 | Vancity Unity Women Entrepreneur Loans

Start-Up

(for those who’ve been in operation for at least 6 months)

  • Variable rate line of credit
  • Access up to $20,000
  • Get a lending rate of prime +3%1
  • Simplified approval process
  • Complimentary support and advice through Women’s Enterprise Centre

Growth

(for those who’ve been in operation for at least 12 months)

  • Variable rate term loan
  • Access up to $100,0002
  • Get a lending rate of prime +1.5%3
  • Maximum term of 60 months
  • Interest-free for first 6 months
  • Complimentary support and advice through Women’s Enterprise Centre

Vancity offers lending in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley (up to and including Hope), Victoria, and Sea to Sky region. Any applications from outside of these areas for the Start-Up Option will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Growth Option is not available outside of Vancity’s lending region.

Do you live outside of the Vancity lending region? Check out a business loan from Women’s Enterprise Centre.


PLUS


2 | Women’s Enterprise Centre Support Services

  • Connect with other business owners in our Peer and One-to-One Mentoring Programs.
  • Access and explore our resource library and connect with Business Advisors who will help you achieve your goals no matter what stage your business is at.
  • Receive ongoing support to develop your skills, manage risk, and plan for the future.
  • Make connections with a supportive community of women entrepreneurs.
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Ready to do this?

If you have any questions, or you’d like to learn more about the program, please email unitywomenentrepreneursprogram@vancity.com or visit the Vancity website.

Need help exploring your financing options?

Check out this Funding Comparison Chart to compare the different loan programs at Women’s Enterprise Centre, or contact unitywomenentrepreneursprogram@vancity.com to learn more about the Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program.


1 The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based on the loan requiring a monthly interest payment based on the outstanding balance where the APR is set at Vancity Prime +3% per annum. APR assumes no fees apply.

2 As per Vancity normal lending guidelines and qualification criteria.

3 The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based on the loan being interest free for the first 6 months: 0% per annum and after 6 months, the APR is set at Vancity Prime +1.5% per annum. The APR is based on a $5,000 loan with monthly payments starting after 6 months and paid through a 5 year term. APR assumes no fees apply.

1 2 Rates subject to change without notice.

Vancity Prime is the variable rate of interest per year declared from time to time to be the prime rate for Canadian dollar loans made by Vancity. The interest rate on your loan will change whenever Vancity Prime varies.

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