Women+ Investor Incubator

Shape the future of funding by applying for the Women+ Investor Incubator, focused on helping aspiring women and gender-diverse angel investors get introduced to the world of startup investment, develop valuable skills in funding high-growth entrepreneurs and invest in the next generation of women and gender-diverse founders in Canada.

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Are you an aspiring woman or gender-diverse investor who wants to support startups led by women and gender-diverse founders scaling innovative technologies? Prepare for the investment process with the Women+ Investor Incubator, designed by Elevate, in partnership with The Firehood, a Canadian organization on a mission to increase Canadian women’s participation, leadership, and prosperity in technology. Apply to the 8-week Virtual Women+ Investor Incubator to gain valuable skills in evaluating, funding, and advising high-growth entrepreneurs, including the opportunity to receive Due Diligence support and access to an online investment platform to manage the investment process.

The investors in the Women+ Investor Incubator will have the opportunity to engage with a vetted group of tech entrepreneurs raising funds in the Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator and contribute their own capital to the $100,000 investment prize being awarded through the program to one of the women or gender-diverse founders from Elevate’s Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator at the final startup showcase taking place at Elevate Festival in Toronto on October 1 – 3, 2024.

The program will be co-delivered with the Elevate Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator program, providing you access to a group of leading women and gender-diverse entrepreneurs across Canada who are fundraising, acting as a vetted pool of investment opportunities.

Topics Covered

  • How to Engage with Founders through the Investment process
  • Analyzing Startup Pitch Decks
  • Investment Memo Writing
  • Preparing Term Sheets for Investment
  • Running an Investment Due Diligence process
  • Deal Closing

All participants in the program will be invited to become members of The Firehood, a leading investment group focused on increasing the participation, leadership, and prosperity of women-identified and gender-diverse investors.

Eligibility Criteria

You may be the ideal fit for the Women+ Investor Incubator program to invest in the next generation of women and gender-diverse founders, if the following applies to you:

  • A women-identified or gender-diverse individual
  • Based in Canada 
  • Qualify as an accredited investor (i.e. have a minimum of $200,000 CAD individual annual income or $300,000 CAD household annual income; or have net financial assets equal to or greater than $1 million CAD alone or with a spouse; or have over $5 million net worth)*
  • Interested in joining The Firehood and investing in women-identified or gender-diverse founders’ innovative tech solutions
  • Can commit to 2 months of dedicated investor-readiness programming and follow-up coaching on the investment due diligence process.
* Income needed to qualify to be an angel investor. Accreditation confirmation support provided by online investment platform and licensed Exempt Market Dealer Equivesto.

Key Dates

04 June 2024
06 August 2024
20 August 2024
Program Kicks Off
03 September 2024
Start Meeting with Founders
01 October 2024
Startup Showcase on Stage
(Finals @ Uniting the Prairies - In person)
03 October 2024
Program Ends

Why Apply

Mentorship & Advisory

Access to mentors, coaches, and advisors in all areas of investment analysis and due diligence


Join a community of aspiring women and gender-diverse investors within the Firehood and the broader Elevate investor community

Brand Exposure

Amplify your personal brand and gain exposure via Elevate’s extensive audience of Festival attendees, corporate partners, and online community

Full Access to Uniting the Prairies

Receive 1 complimentary Investor Pass ticket to Uniting the Prairies

Dedicated Programming

2 months of dedicated programming that you can attend and consume at your own pace and follow-up coaching on the investment due diligence process, including access to an online investment platform provided by Exempt Market Dealer Equivesto. Programming is generally held Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 pm – 2 pm EST over Zoom for the 8 weeks with founders (voluntarily for investors)
Investor only sessions are held with The Firehood weekly at 4:30 PM EST over Zoom

Curated Potential Investments

Meet directly with entrepreneurs scaling innovative technologies through the Women+ Entrepreneur Incubator program who are vetted by Elevate and The Firehood as potential first angel investments


Connect with other women in the tech and innovation community both online and in person at Uniting the Prairies in Saskatoon

Apply by 06 August 2024 to take the next step to becoming an angel investor!

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