Hello Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Last week, the DMZ held its Black Innovation Summit, where eight Black-led startups vied for grant funding in a pitch competition. Participating startups were graduates from the DMZ’s Black Innovation Bootcamp
program and the Black Innovation Social Impact
The top three startups at the summit
were Ayobami Macaulay of Reyts Fintech Inc.
, a marketplace for people to swap currencies in a seamless and secure way; Ruth Kasi of BeautyNBrushes
, connecting people to local stylists; and Tony Colley of Be One to Give
, a food redistribution app to help eliminate avoidable food waste. Congratulations to all three of them!
If you want to take your
startup further with the help of an accelerator, you may wish to act quickly because today is the deadline for applications to the YSpace Technology Accelerator
. The four-month program also includes workshops, mentorships, and $60k+ in startup support. Scroll down for more details.
Have a great week, and stay well!
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.
Think you have the next high potential technology venture and want to take it to the next level? This four-month virtual accelerator program is designed to support entrepreneurs as they find product-market fit, build traction, and unlock their roadmap for scale through bootcamps, workshops, one-on-one mentorship, along with over $60k in startup support and up to $30K in cash awards. The Tech Accelerator program will focus on helping market ready technology startups execute their go-to-market strategies, acquire customers, and prepare for capital fundraising. The program will feature ample opportunities for hands-on experience, accountability sessions, customized mentorship, and dedicated growth hours with key partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
VentureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative is Canada’s only lab and incubator for founders building hardware and semiconductor-focused products. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, this competitive program enables tech companies building foundational technologies in transformative sectors like AI, healthcare technology, clean tech, IoT, and beyond, to accelerate their time to market in a sector that normally incurs lengthy entry and scale times. The Hardware Catalyst enables the creation of transformative technologies that will power the products of tomorrow: consumer electronics, telecommunications, smart energy, connected transportation, and more. As Canada’s leading hardware hub, the Hardware Catalyst enables ventures to become competitive players in the global semiconductor industry.
Next Founders accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital, and unparalleled entrepreneurial education taught by world-class faculty. Next Founders is our most flexible program, offering à-la-carte education from some of North America’s top minds that you can opt into based on your individual needs. The ideal applicant is building one of their first ventures, often has a STEM background with little formal business education, or are startup founders from top-tier accelerators, looking to complement their experience.
The DMZ’s Bootcamp helps early-stage tech founders validate their business idea, establish a minimum viable product and build a roadmap for implementation to launch a startup. Over the course of 6 weeks, this program gives founders exposure to the different domains important in building a venture: sales, marketing, operations, technology, finance, leadership and more. Through the Bootcamp, founders get: founder roundtables and peer to peer sessions, expert-led workshop series, and dedicated one-on-one support from our Program Leads. Upon completing the program, startups should be ready to launch within three months and generate revenue within six months.
The BlackBerry IVY L-SPARK Accelerator Program is looking for innovative Canadian companies with technologies that align with BlackBerry’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform – BlackBerry IVY. Participants will have access to BlackBerry IVY to develop high-impact solutions to improve driver and passenger experiences without the need for specialized embedded or automotive software skills. Each participant will be supported by a dedicated L-SPARK mentor who will work hands-on to guide the company in implementing their solution and provide business mentorship to accelerate growth. Up to $50,000 in matching funding will be made available to participants through NRC-IRAP.
If you know a Canadian founder who deserves some recognition, nominate her for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. For 30 years, the awards have shone a spotlight on Canada’s most accomplished and impactful women who have demonstrated excellence — from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. We are honoured to continue to highlight the collective impact of this group of entrepreneurs on our country.
BHive is an initiative powered by the City of Brampton with a goal to empower the next generation of innovators, accelerate their journey, and create a positive impact for the entrepreneur, economy, and community as a whole. The program has been strategically designed to ensure startups have everything they need to scale and grow. Successful applicants will have access to an unrivaled ecosystem and expertise to support exceptional founders in building successful companies. Our integrated approach involves thoughtfully designed programs, one-to-one mentorships, and access to our entire portfolio of service.
This program, delivered by Futurpreneur, will provide young, Black entrepreneurs age 18-39 across Canada with a comprehensive offering of $5,000–$60,000 in startup loan financing, as well as up to two years of mentorship, opportunities to engage with a national network of Black entrepreneurs, leaders and community organizations at a range of entrepreneurship events, and a variety of relevant tools and resources. Participants who are keen to scale their businesses even further will also be eligible for up to $40,000 in follow-on financing funded by RBC, based on the first two years of successful business performance.