Fierce Founders Uplift

It’s time to level the playing field and shatter glass ceilings

Communitech’s Fierce Founders Uplift program is back. Providing funding and support to women and/or non-binary founders from underrepresented groups, Uplift helps accelerate the path from startup to world-leader.

This spring, up to 10 companies will be chosen to participate and receive $10,000 in non-matching funds and one-on-one advice from Communitech growth coaches. Selected companies will have a minimum viable product (MVP), some early traction and ideas on how to elevate their business.

To qualify for this program, you must be:

  • A woman and/or non-binary founder from an underrepresented group. (i.e. you identify with an underrepresented ethnicity/race, as having a disability, or as a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community).
  • Coachable and driven.
  • The founder of a tech company based in Ontario (eight spots available) or across Canada (two spots available).
  • A company that has completed some market validation and has a few paying customers or pilots.

Through this 3 - 5 month program, participants will: 

  • Receive $10,000 in non-matching funds.
  • Connect and build relationships with other like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • Access hands-on support from Communitech’s experienced growth coaches to help build and execute a customized growth plan. 
  • Assistance identifying market opportunities and uncovering the gaps within their go-to-market strategy.
  • Expand leadership and business skills through one-on-one coaching and workshops. 

Applications are now closed.

Qualified candidates will be selected for an interview process with Communitech growth coaches and up to 10 companies will be selected to participate in the program. Part of the interview process will be an in-depth diagnostic of each company conducted by Charles Plant, Communitech Growth Coach, and founder of the Narwal Project.

Want to learn more about how Communitech helps founders? A Communitech membership is free for startups. Depending on your company stage, you’ll get access to the people, programs, services and events to help you get where you want to go. Learn more.

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Thank you to our partners

Michelle Engelhardt

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Michelle Engelhardt is happy to help.

Program Manager | Email Michelle Engelhardt or call +1 (519) 888-9944