Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator

Prepare your startup for fundraising by applying for the Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator, focused on helping women & gender-diverse entrepreneurs fundraise and scale with success. You could win a $100,000 cash investment prize for your business!

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Are you a woman or gender-diverse entrepreneur in the early stages of building an innovative tech solution that has the potential to scale globally? Prepare for fundraising with the Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator, designed by Elevate, in partnership with The Firehood. The inaugural 30 tech startups will be selected to join the Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator, from which 5 businesses will get the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in the final showcase on stage at Elevate Festival.

Apply to the 8-week virtual Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator to gain valuable investment readiness skills, meet directly with investors, and earn the chance to pitch for a $100,000 cash investment prize at Elevate Festival, taking place in Toronto from September 26-28, 2023.

Eligibility Criteria

You’re the ideal fit for the Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator program to scale up your startup and pitch your innovative tech solution if the following applies to you:

  • Women-identified or gender-diverse tech startup founder with an innovative solution that has the potential to scale globally
  • Actively fundraising or considering fundraising your first external round of capital (ie. angel investment)
  • Based in Canada
  • Product that is currently being built, ready to be launched, or already launched

Meet The Participants

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Key Dates

24 May 2023
05 July 2023
08 August 2023
Program Kicks Off
12 September 2023
Pitch Competition
(First Angel Pitch)
28 September 2023
Pitch Competition on Stage
(Finals @ Elevate Festival 2023 - In person)

Why Apply

A Chance to Pitch on Stage for Cash

Earn the chance to pitch on stage at Elevate Festival and the opportunity to win an over $100,000 CAD cash investment prize from participants of Elevate’s Women+ Investor Incubator program.

Mentorship & Advisory

Access to mentors, coaches, and advisors in different areas, including storytelling and fundraising to scale your business.


Connect with other experienced founders for peer-to-peer learning and investors to explore fundraising opportunities.


Join a community of women founders and gender-diverse entrepreneurs from coast to coast.

Brand Awareness

Create brand exposure and generate leads for your business through Elevate’s extensive audience of Festival attendees, corporate partners, and online followers.

Full Access to Elevate Festival

Receive a complimentary Startup Pass to Elevate Festival, taking place in Toronto (Sept. 26-28, 2023).

Dedicated Programming

8 weeks of dedicated programming for startup founders centered on preparing for a round of fundraising. Key topics include workshops and deep dives led by experienced mentors on:

  • Pitching & Storytelling
  • Fundamentals
  • Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • Startup Valuation
  • Investor Intellectual Property Questions
  • Preparing Term Sheets
  • Investor Due Diligence
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