The DMZ Women Founders Accelerator will give high-potential women founders access to dedicated programming, coaching from industry leading experts and the chance and the chance to be entered to pitch for non-dilutive seed capital funding of up to $50,000.
Applications are now open for the DMZ Women Founders Accelerator.
The DMZ Women Founders Accelerator is an intensive four-month program, in partnership with Scotiabank and Tangerine, that will help Canada’s top women-led startups grow by achieving their product market fit and securing early revenue.
Founders will work closely with dedicated, experienced senior sales experts in an embedded environment and will have access to:
- Weekly one-on-one accountability meetings with dedicated program mentors and high-caliber investment, sales and marketing experts.
- Weekly tailored workshops on customer discovery, product market fit, marketing strategies and more, facilitated by Canada’s leading domain experts and influential entrepreneurs.
- Hands-on support to build and refine their customer acquisition plan and land customer contracts, including support on pricing, reducing sales cycles, hiring and more.
- Opportunities to connect with a curated list of investors in one-on-one meetings and enter to pitch for cash prizes in the amount of $50,000, $25,000 and $15,000.
- An immersive and dedicated tight-knit community of peers, investors, advisors, partners and alum.
- Vibrant workspace alongside seven other handpicked, high-performance companies in a collaborative community.
Applications for the program are open until March 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
- February 15, 2018: Application for the DMZ Women Founders Accelerator open
- March 20, 2018: Applications close
- March 26 and 28, 2018: 16 selected founders pitch to program mentors and advisors
- April 2, 2018: Eight finalists are selected for the four-month program
- April 16, 2018: Four-month program begins
- September, 2018: Demo day
The DMZ Women Founders Accelerator is looking for startups with a minimum viable product and also:
- Be a part of an innovative tech startup.
- Have a driven, coachable and collaborative leadership team.
- Have at least one dedicated full-time founder and co-founder who identifies as a woman (said founder must also be the main participant for the program).
- Plan to solve a compelling social and/or economic problem.
- Have a minimum viable product (MVP).
- Be willing to relocate to the DMZ and commit full-time to the program.
- Demonstrate the potential for their startup to grow and scale for high impact.
- Be a Canadian resident (except Quebec).
Applications and more information can be found at: dmz.to/womenfounders