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Canadian women IT entrepreneur looking for our support – take a look September 4, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in News.

In May of this year, one of Fredericton’s successful senior IT executives, Mary Goggin, was part of a small number of Canadian women chosen to attend Tech Women Canada in Silicon Valley.  The request for participants for this unique opportunity was posted on our NBWICT blog in March.  Just to remind you of the intent of the week-long program, it was aimed at women in senior technology roles and women entrepreneurs who have shown high potential and promise in technology related sectors.  As a co-founder of Accreon and VP, Corporate Programs, Mary was obviously a great fit for the program.  Each participant chosen had the chance to explore business and career opportunities in one of the biggest ICT clusters in the world, Silicon Valley.  The Canadian women were paired with mentors at leading companies in Silicon Valley and gained training and skills in their specific area of expertise as well as professional guidance and support.  The mentorship then continued online for a period of up to three months.  The participants attended panels and workshops, and also connected with local industry stakeholders through a variety of networking events, concluding with a reception hosted by the Consul General of Canada.

We look forward to an event in the near future during which Mary can share some of her experiences at Tech Women Canada.  Meanwhile, she has the following request of us all which comes from her experience there:

“I had the privilege to take part in the Tech Women Canada program this past May.  I spent an incredible week in Silicon Valley and was exposed to how they do business there – it was a real eye opener.  I met some interesting and talented women who work in IT across Canada, one of them being Janice Taylor from Regina.  Janice has a very interesting story.  She has a new product idea, Just Be Friends (JBF), that she started when she found herself recently divorced and sadly lacking a network of friends.  Her idea landed her on the Oprah Show(!), which gave her great exposure and escalated her business.

She moved to Silicon Valley in July to immerse herself in the environment and give her business every chance she possible can.

One thing she is doing right now is competing to win the opportunity to pitch her company to some 400 business professionals, comprised of executives from startups and large companies, angel investors, venture capitalists, and media, as part of the Vator Splash competition (Voice of the Entrepreneur).  It would be great exposure for her to be one of ten companies that win this opportunity.

She is doing really well but it is far from over.  If you have a couple of minutes I ask that you please give her your support.  So few women take part in these types of things let alone win them.  I really believe we have to help each other.  Although you do not know Janice I do, and I know she would be sincerely and deeply grateful for your support.

It takes a couple of minutes and you have to join Vator. I did and I have not had any spam or annoying emails as a result.

Voting has to be done by Sept 11. Here is the link:


Thanks for your consideration and hopefully for your vote, Mary”


Perhaps looking at the new ideas that are competing for this opportunity will give us the impetus to follow through with ideas of our own.  Worth a discussion!  Thanks, Mary.



1. iroussel - September 5, 2012

Wonderful story:)

Sent from my iPhone

2. Mary Goggin - September 7, 2012

Oh Oh – After stating I was not getting any spam I started getting emails from Vator 😦 There is a link at the bottom where you can go and indicate you do not want to receive their news, …

Jane Fritz - September 7, 2012

One good thing is that it looks like Janice is doing VERY well with votes.

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