KITCHENER, ON. February 28, 2019– Communitech is pleased to welcome a new cohort of women to the winter 2019 Fierce Founders bootcamp this week. Twenty-four women from across Canada will be at the Hub from February 26, 27, 28 and March 25, 26 and 27. They’ll participate in classes learning about customer validation, HR and leadership, creating financials, building sales funnels and marketing.


They include:


Alexandra McCalla, AirMatrix, Toronto, ON

Alyssa Randall, Braket Inc., Toronto, ON

Amanda Forsyth, Wimsie, Waterloo, ON

Ayah Ali, Qoltom, Kitchener, ON

Baharak Courtney Doagoo, Lawberry, Toronto, ON

Diliana Popova, Artichoke Art Inc., Toronto, ON

Dipti Swain, U&Me Ritual, Toronto, ON

Evelyn Allen, Evercloak Inc., Waterloo, ON

Gabrielle Masone, Coloursmith Labs Inc., Halifax, NS

Heather Abbey, Indig Inc., Saskatoon, SK

Kristal Lewis, Senior Care Connect, Toronto, ON

Kristina Mandekic,, Waterloo, ON

Kushi Kaur, Joint App Inc., Mississauga, ON

Libby Garg, WorkSolute, Toronto, ON

Lily Ren, Serena AI, Waterloo, ON

Lucrezia Spagnolo, VESTA Social Innovation Technologies, Toronto, ON

Marianne Bell, Toxon Technologies Inc., Waterloo, ON

Rachel Carr, Shine Turbine, Halifax, NS

Rebecca Swabey, Maple Precision Inc., Kitchener, ON

Shawn Hewat, Wavy, Toronto, ON

Shivani Sharma, HiRide, Waterloo, ON

Stephanie Florio, Swob Inc., Vaughn, ON

Susan Chen, TasteGuru Artificial Intelligence Inc., Toronto, ON

Vanessa de Waal, FLOKA (CalendHer Technologies), Vancouver, BC


The bootcamp will end with a final pitch competition at the Tannery Event Centre on March 27th at 2:00pm, where the top 8 participants will pitch their startup models for a chance at a $100,000 grand prize.


Fierce Founders is a Communitech program backed by Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Deloitte, the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Google for Startups, the Government of Canada, and the City of Kitchener that helps women tech entrepreneurs accelerate their companies.


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For media inquiries, please contact:


Samantha Clark

Manager, Public Relations, Communitech



About Communitech

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players. 


Communitech is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.


  • Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.
  • Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
  • Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small startup to a global giant.