Waterloo Region, January 24, 2017—Today 25 female-led startups begin the Communitech Fierce Founders Bootcamp. The two-part bootcamp hosts female founders at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener to develop business skills for their startups and prepares them for Pitch Day, Feb. 23, 2017, for a chance at $100,000. The top 25 startups include:
- Willow Cup, San Francisco, CA
- Boondockers Welcome, Elora, ON
- Genecis EnviroTech Inc., Toronto, ON
- Sametrica, Toronto, ON
- iRestify Inc., Toronto, ON
- CertClean Inc., Toronto, ON
- Heartbeat AI Technologies, Toronto, ON
- One More Story Games, Barrie, ON
- Chillabit, Waterloo, ON
- Heuristext Inc., Sault Ste. Marie, ON
- Voltera, Kitchener, ON
- Pyngle, Toronto, ON
- Actively Inc., Kitchener, ON
- Emagin Inc., Kitchener, ON
- MapleKey, Kitchener, ON
- Helping Hands, Mississauga, ON
- Match Glasses Montreal, QC
- Elementary, Kitchener, ON
- Xesto, Toronto, ON
- Robot Missions, Toronto, ON
- Ensural, Kitchener, ON
- AshleyMegan, Toronto, ON
- The Aurea Company, Halifax, NS
- Divorce Angels, Toronto, ON
- Hunch Manifest, Guelph, ON
Throughout the bootcamp women will participate in classes and workshops to learn about business fundamentals, such as marketing, sales, finance, investor capital, design-led innovation and product management. The founders will also hear from top industry players throughout the bootcamp, including Axonify’s Carol Leaman, Sortable’s Chris Reid and Zahra Ebrahim of Doblin Canada, the innovation unit of Monitor Deloitte.
This is the first winter session offered in the bootcamp’s three-year history, because of high demand for the program between the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor and as far as from San Francisco.
“The demand is growing and we’re listening. We’re seeing interest from a variety of startups at varying stages and attracting them from all over,” said Danielle Graham, Women in Tech Program Manager at Communitech who leads the Fierce Founders initiatives. “It’s great to see an ongoing increase in programs that actually propel the success of women entrepreneurs. That’s why we’re here.”
In addition to the top 25 startups, the Fierce Founders Bootcamp also welcomes SHORE Centre, a Waterloo Region not-for-profit women’s initiative formerly branded as Planned Parenthood, as a social enterprise participant. SHORE Centre will give a final pitch, but will not be competing for the $100,000 prize money on Pitch Day on Feb. 23.
Fierce Founders is sponsored by Kognitiv, Deloitte, BDC, Google and Thomson Reuters. For more information about Communitech’s women in technology programming, please visit www.communitech.ca/fiercefounders.
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Communitech is a private-public innovation centre in Waterloo Region that supports a community ecosystem of more than 1,000 tech companies—from startups to rapidly growing mid-size companies and large global players. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, which is funded by the Ontario Government, Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed.