Supporting founders since 2019.
Access mentorship, education, and barrier-free funding for your business.
Founders Fund is a founder led and built community supporting diverse women founders during every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.
Powered and brought to life by Tease, Founders Fund community members can access mentorship, education, and non-repayable funding opportunities to support their business and leadership growth & development, all completely free of charge.
16%: The number of majority women owned & led businesses in Canada* (*Stat: BDC)
2.3%: How much Venture Capital funding was invested in women in 2020* (Down 30% since 2018, Source, Forbes)
Why equity matters: if men and women participated equally as entrepreneurs the GDP could rise by $5 trillion globally and $80 billion in Canada. Gender equity also leads to more profitable and innovative companies.* (*Source: BDC)
Founders Fund community members can access world class mentorship sessions and events to elevate their leadership & growth.
Our mentors are industry leaders from companies like Shopify, Amazon, Gym Shark & more. One on one mentorship sessions give you the opportunity to ask questions and gain unique insight into their success stories. We have recruited some of the best of the best.
Founders Fund has proudly partnered with BDC to bring more resources and education to women entrepreneurs within our community and beyond through our virtual FREE quarterly events.
We've received over a thousand inspiring applications as part of our Founder led and supported barrier-free, micro-grant programs.
Bad for Business Podcast
‘Bad for Business’ features stories of underestimated and unconventional leaders that have been told they’re ‘Bad for Business’ because of their personal identity, education, disruptive business model, and so many more fictional measures of traditional business success.
Join us each week as we deep dive into the real, unfiltered story behind the success of the top leaders in business and what makes them ‘Bad for Business’.
"The support from the founders fund community is not only a massive financial help, but also such a vote of confidence from a community we respect and admire."
"Seeing successful people who look like me, reminds me that I am capable of taking up space and disrupting e-commerce."
"I wish this program existed when I started my business."
"The first investment I made when I decided to start a business was a Founders’ Fund membership. The community gave me the sense of belonging I needed to get started."