The eCommerce North Innovator Challenge is focused on helping early-stage D2C e-commerce companies grow and scale their business through mentorship, community, and a chance to win one of three $1,500 grants.

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Unlock the potential of your e-commerce business with this exclusive 4-week Innovator Challenge! Dive into an intensive journey where you’ll sharpen your business pitch, expand your email list, enhance your website for peak sales conversions, and much more. If you’re ready to embrace expert mentorship, join a vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and pitch for a chance to win one of three $1500 grants to support your business, apply today.

Eligibility Criteria

We understand the journey: managing your D2C business as a side hustle can often feel like a solo mission. But here’s the truth—you’re not alone. We want to help you grow your D2C business in partnership with Moneris, offering an exclusive opportunity with only 30 spots available. You’re the perfect fit if your startup demonstrates a proactive approach to learning and growth, seeks to leverage a network of experienced mentors, and is eager to enhance brand visibility and market reach for your products. You’ll be part of a focused group of entrepreneurs dedicated to making serious growth in e-commerce. Are you ready?

Please apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Business Maturity: E-commerce ventures 0-2 years old
  • Entrepreneurial Commitment: Early-stage full-time e-commerce founders and founders balancing their startups with full-time jobs.
  • Sector Diversity: Open to e-commerce in beauty, wellness, apparel, home goods, food and more
  • Digital Engagement: Businesses with an active and engaging social media presence.
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Key Dates

Mar 14, 2024
Applications Open
Apr 25, 2024
Applications Close
May 9, 2024
Program Begins
Jun 4, 2024
Virtual Pitch Submission (Semi-Finals)
Jun 11, 2024
Virtual Pitch Day (Finals) + Program Ends

What's in it for You

Join the eCommerce North Innovator Challenge to elevate your direct-to-consumer (D2C) e-commerce business. This four-week program is your gateway to transforming your venture with the support of industry experts and a vibrant entrepreneurial community.

Mentorship Advantage

Leverage direct mentorship and coaching from a diverse group of seasoned professionals from Moneris and Elevate to deepen your knowledge in essential business areas such as fundraising, marketing, and sales, paving your path to scalability.

Valuable Connections

Tap into the vibrant network of eCommerce North alumni, build relationships with fellow entrepreneurs in your cohort, get opportunities for meaningful introductions to key partners, and amplify your collaborative prospects.

Learn about e-commerce Payment Solutions

Connect with Moneris, Canada’s #1 payment processor, to gain insight into payment solutions tailored to early-stage D2C businesses and help them reach the next level. 

Skill Building

Acquire advanced skills through hands-on experiences, from crafting persuasive social media campaigns to optimizing your email and website for peak performance, all under the guidance of experienced experts from Elevate, Moneris and special workshop facilitators.

Virtual Pitch Competition

Showcase your venture in a final pitch to judges and compete for one of three $1,500 grants to invest in your business’ growth and future development.