Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Last week we learned that OneEleven might soon return
. This week Google for Startups announced that it’s bringing its women-focused accelerator to Canada
and the US. Around 16% of founders are women, with all-women teams accounting for 2.9% of total startup investments. (For Black women founders and teams, it’s an even more abysmal 4% and 0.06%, respectively.) Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders aims to increase the number of women-led startups. It’s set to launch over the next few months.
Canada has its own techno-mythology. Instead of tech bros, it has a workforce portrayed as diverse, reserved, and polite. Where Silicon Valley prizes trend-setting consumer products, Toronto’s startups tend to be more focused on services and products for business and government clients that are less likely to capture the public imagination. Where California produces “unicorns,” private tech companies valued at a billion dollars or more, Canadian techies speak of building “narwhals”—named for the small, reclusive whales, with long tusks sprouting from their heads, that roam Arctic waters.
If you’ve visited American tech startups, have you noticed a difference in style and drive?
Here are some upcoming deadlines for applying to accelerators, grants and funding, or other competitions. Don’t miss out! If you know of others, please submit any application deadlines and I’ll post them if they’re relevant.
How She Hustles is excited to produce the 2nd annual Startup & Slay digital series featuring Canada’s diverse women entrepreneurs. Apply now to include your story about starting, sustaining and scaling your small business, despite these uncertain economic times. Winning entrepreneurs will be featured in weekly video chats during October’s Small Business Month 2020. We welcome applications from non-binary entrepreneurs while we work on a more gender inclusive framework for How She Hustles.
Have a great week, and stay well!