Sept 5th-Oct 12th: Applications open
Applications are open until 11:59pm EST, October 12th
Pitching Support Session
Watch the recording of our pitching and application support session here.
Oct.15th-25th: Applications Evaluated
Our selection committee of exeperienced business professionals who have completed anti-bias training evaluates applications.
Oct 31st: Top Five finalists notified
We'll narrow down applicants to the top five, and publically share the finalists.
Oct.31st- Nov.8th Finals Pitch Prep
Finalists prepare for final pitch (with support from an experienced and assigned dedicated 'pitch coach')
Nov 9th: Pitch Finals!
Pitch finals are live, anyone can RSVP to attend IRL at Futurpreneur in Toronto, or virtually via our online viewing party.
Pitch Fund FAQ's
Who can apply for pitch funding?
Women* founders who owns at least 50% or more of their business. Finalists will be asked to provide supporting documentation.
While we largely support Canadian founders, Funding is currently open up to any applicant, globally.
*When we use the term ‘women,’ we refer to all individuals who identify as women. This includes women of colour, transgender women, and women with genderdiverse identities, including non-binary and gender non-conforming women (as we know that gender is fluid and can change throughout one’s lifetime).
To learn more about our community click here.
When do applications close?
APPLICATIONS CLOSE OCTOBER 4th at 11:59pm EST.
What is the scoring criteria?
💫 Confidence in delivery
🌎 Clearly defined business purpose/value
🚀 Future opportunities for business that the funding will support
Each category is weighted evenly
How do I submit my pitch?
Simply submit your 2 minute pitch after filling out application. Pitches should be:
-No more than 2 minutes long, anything longer will be disqualified.
-Ensure video is uploaded to youtube as an 'unlisted' video
-Submit youtube link at the end of your application
To see last years Pitch Event, visit our programming session library + watch the 'featured session'.
“Powered by Tease, Founders Fund was created out of the community and support that I personally longed for as an early stage woman entrepreneur who was seemingly facing endless barriers to access the resources, funding, and network to grow my business successfully. Part of my lifes work is making these these things more accessible for the next generation of successful women founders"
Founder of Tease
& Founders Fund
“By supporting youth entrepreneurs in their early stages, Futurpreneur plays an important role in empowering them to realize their dreams. Which is great for Canada, because these entrepreneurs are launching sustainable main street businesses in communities of all sizes and in every province and territory – exactly what Canada needs for long-term economic development."
-Karen Greve Young,
CEO of Futurpreneur
Empowering and mobilizing youth, women, and diverse entrepreneurs is the work that I live and breathe. I believe in equitable entrepreneurship and chose this path so I could help as many entrepreneurs as I can, particularly those from underserved communities, to build generational wealth and break down systemic barriers.”
Client Diversity, BDC
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About Founders Fund:
Founders Fund is a virtual community hub powered by Tease for founders seeking barrier free funding, education and mentorship.
We support diverse women founders during every stage of their growth. Started by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, we believe we don’t need one company or one person to make a difference but we need thousands.