Tech Undivided

Helping women-led tech companies access resources to grow and scale

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Tech Undivided bridges gender and diversity gaps by better supporting women founders and leaders, who are underrepresented within the tech sector. Tech Undivided goes beyond technology and business support by curating a supportive community focused on equality, open dialogue, and overcoming obstacles. 

 

Our vision is to reduce unconscious bias and create an inclusive tech ecosystem that increases representation and access to capital.

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Tech Undivided

What is Tech Undivided?

Tech Undivided offers a comprehensive 6-month program to challenge women-led tech companies to scale their businesses. Through the pillars of capital, talent, technology, and customers, this program creates a support ecosystem of resources and networking opportunities for women founders to thrive.

 

Tech Undivided is designed for founders building breakthrough solutions leveraging hardware and/or  enterprise software technologies. It draws on the combined expertise of ventureLAB Advisors, Strategic Mentors, and exclusive partners to offer strategic and tactical support to help them refine their product-market-fit, amplify their sales, and navigate relevant sources of funding – and help hone their pitch to better prepare for customer and investor meetings.

 

 

What you’ll get:

  1. Drawing on decades of deep industry experience, a dedicated ventureLAB Advisor will work with you to put in place a growth plan that’s uniquely tailored for your business.
  2. Facilitated Founders Meetups with your cohort peers to share business and personal challenges, and offer each other peer-to-peer support.
  3. Access to our curated Strategic Mentor Network for additional business challenge-based support and guidance.
  4. Access to a 6-part Sales & Marketing workshop series, plus other monthly skills-building workshops as part of the ventureLAB community.
  5. Numerous opportunities to practice your pitch and seek real-time feedback, culminating in a company showcase during the Tech Undivided Demo Day.
  6. Free workspace (up to 2 badges) in the ventureLAB Innovation Space, a home for all your business needs, including access to virtual opportunities, networking events, and a community of tech founders.
  7. Building hardware products? Gain 24/7 access to a hardware lab with state-of-the-art specialized equipment.
  8. Strategic partner connections to help you scale.
  9. Additional program perks! 

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • High growth tech company that is actively generating revenue and is looking to grow and scale their customer base. 
  • A driven, coachable, and collaborative leadership team consisting of a female founder or co-founder and at least one full-time employee.
  • Located in Southern Ontario or plan to establish long-term presence in Southern Ontario.
  • You have a business (CRA) number.
  • You are an incorporated company in Canada.

 

Key Dates

March: Evaluation period for applicants

End of March: All candidates will be notified of their application status

 

Applications for Tech Undivided Cohort 3 are now closed. Stay up-to-date on future application calls by subscribing to our newsletter.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Tech Undivided trying to achieve?

Tech Undivided helps women-led tech companies by curating a support ecosystem of mentors, peers, and relevant resources to help them grow and scale their businesses. 

 

Women leaders in tech companies:

  • are underrepresented
  • face challenges when pitching to investors and accessing capital
  • lack access to experienced industry mentors and business advisors

Our vision is to reduce unconscious bias and create an inclusive tech ecosystem that increases representation and access to capital.

 

What types of companies are eligible for the program?

Companies building innovative solutions leveraging hardware and/or enterprise software technologies.  Please also refer to the Eligibility Criteria section above.

 

How is Tech Undivided different from other programs offered at ventureLAB?

Tech Undivided is targeted to women-led tech companies who already have initial market traction and are looking to scale their business. The program equips female founders with the skills and resources to grow their sales and further refine their story and vision

 

If I am in another program at ventureLAB can I also qualify for Tech Undivided?

Yes, current ventureLAB clients with a female founder or co-founder may qualify for Tech Undivided. However, they must go through the same application process as other applicants. We encourage you to speak to your Lead Advisor or our Programs team if you are interested in applying. You will be notified when the next call opens.

 

Do we need a female founder/co-founder?

Yes. Tech Undivided is aimed at increasing the number of women-led tech companies; therefore, the founding team must have a female founder or co-founder who is willing to actively participate in the program. It is not sufficient to simply have a female co-founder/founder in documentation. 

 

Does ventureLAB provide any capital?

No, ventureLAB does not provide any capital as part of Tech Undivided. We do, however, help prepare companies for potential private investments through our Capital Investment Program. We also facilitate introductions to relevant funding organizations like OCI, NRC-IRAP, FedDev and more.

 

Does ventureLAB take any stake in my company?

No, ventureLAB and the Tech Undivided program do not take any equity in your company.

 

What does ventureLAB expect from my company?

Companies accepted into Tech Undivided will be asked to sign a Program Engagement Agreement, which outlines the expectations of the company (i.e. Code of Conduct, reporting frequency, program participation requirements). If the program requirements are not met, ventureLAB reserves the right to remove companies from the program.

 

When do we find out if we have been selected?

All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March, 2021. ventureLAB will provide information on next steps at that time.

 

If my company is not accepted into Tech Undivided, can I re-apply for a future cohort?

Definitely! Tech Undivided will put out a call twice annually. In addition, we also have a number of other Program offerings, so we highly encourage you to check out the Programs page and attend one of our upcoming Orientations to learn more.

 

What if we need more than 2 badges?

We have a variety of options for you to choose from. Please check out our Innovation Space page to learn more.

Meet the Inaugural Tech Undivided Cohort

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AIH Technology Inc. is an AI computer vision company offering Facial Recognition as a Service (FRaaS) through its facial recognition algorithm. Learn more.

Retainify Technology Inc. helps companies exchange feedback by tracking employee sentiment in order to proactively identify and address issues. Learn more.

Alexio Corporation provides affordable enterprise-class cyber-security for smaller networks and users, helping to safeguard them from risks like hacking and data loss. Learn more.

TakuLabs is the only POS for retail that increases footfall in brick and mortar stores. Learn more.

Boss Insights

Boss Insights provides insights on business borrowers and accelerates lending without taking additional risk. Learn more.

TROES Corp. is a Canadian-based, Advanced Battery Energy Storage company, specializing in Intelligent Distributed Energy Storage solutions. Learn more.

PurPicks

PurPicks is a network of organic beauty reviews which helps women buy online with confidence. Learn more.

Meet the Second Tech Undivided Cohort

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Joint App is digitizing immigration by building the digital infrastructure required for modern global immigration – starting with international students within Canada. Learn more.

HyIvy

Hyivy Health is creating the first connected, modular pelvic rehabilitation device for women experiencing symptoms from pelvic cancers and diseases. Learn more.

Tali AI

Tali is a question-answering virtual assistant that is always available to front-line health care professionals. Learn more.

STEM Minds is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) content creator and program provider for students in grades K-12, offering in-person and online learning, designed by expert educators and technical professionals. Learn more.

Veer AI

Veer AI aims to help retail companies make data-driven decisions. Their mission is to give small and medium sized e-commerce companies that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a data science team the ability to take advantage of their data. Learn more.

Meet the Third Tech Undivided Cohort

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The Awake Labs platform measures stress and strong emotions in real-time and notifies individuals or their caregivers if they need to check in to prevent stress from escalating to a point of crisis.

Connexa helps businesses maintain a human connection with their customers through a contactless customer service platform while using machine learning to deliver real-time insights.

OptiSolve is an emerging technology leader in environmental health and safety. We innovate and engineer systems to proactively improve productivity for clean, healthy, and safe spaces.

Walletifai empower people with intelligent yet educational solutions to live a debt-free life. By analyzing spending habits with machine learning, we categorize, predict and help reduce expenses.

Xesto built and launched Xesto Fit, the first 3D foot sizing app that uses FaceID cameras on smartphones to accurately size their feet from home.

Meet our Strategic Mentor Network

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Drawing on decades of experience from top global companies, our curated network of Strategic Mentors  comprises a 50:50 gender parity group of seasoned entrepreneurs, leaders, and investors who are passionate about supporting the innovation community and sharing their expertise to help you grow and scale your businesses.

 

Here are a few of our Strategic Mentors.

Chris Matys

Founder, Ignite.AI

Daniel Staheli

Senior Director, Windows Software Platform Group, AMD

Danielle Graham

Investment Principal, Dreammaker Ventures

Danny Christidis

AMD Fellow – Radeon Technologies Group, AMD

Jolie McMillian

Sales and Operations Leader, ServiceNow (PayPal and Adobe alum)

Nastaran Bisheban

Chief Technology Officer, KFC Canada

Pouneh Hanafi

VP Marketing & Partnerships, Tulip Retail

Katie Salem

CEO & Co-Founder, Women Round the World

Reena Chaudary

Founder & Managing Partner, RG Advisory

Jaipaul Massey-Singh

Principal, Massey-Singh Consulting

“One of the biggest challenges for women in the tech space is there aren’t a lot of mentors. Programs like Tech Undivided give us the opportunity to scale up quickly because we can get answers to the questions we may not even know we had. At ventureLAB, there’s a heavy emphasis on the practical and tactical tools you need to be a founder and woman in tech.”

 

Karen Wong, CEO and Co-Founder, TakuLabs

“Women are still dramatically under-funded compared to male-founded companies trying to achieve the same things. Through programs like Tech Undivided our voices and ideas can be amplified. There’s a lot of super talented women with amazing ideas. We need to help them turn their ideas into big companies that solve big problems.”

 

Anne Genge, CEO and Co-Founder, Alexio

“ventureLAB offers something that other accelerators don’t give to founders. They take a one-on-one approach, providing the tools and advisors that are specific to our challenges.”

 

Keren Moynihan, CEO and Co-Founder, Boss Insights

“ventureLAB’s unbiased business advice helped me to turn chaos and confusion into confidence to succeed. When you have that kind of mentorship, advice, and guidance on a weekly level for six months, you learn a lot about yourself and your business, and receive the guidance to get your business in the right place faster.”

Jenise Lee, Founder and CEO, PurPicks

Partners

Tech Undivided is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, as part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. We are also proud to partner with Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Bereskin & Parr, Canadian Indian Accelerator Program, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, City of Markham,  EDC, NGEN, Northumberland/Venture13, OKR Financial, TechConnex, and Women of Influence.

 

We’re always looking to partner with dynamic, engaged, and collaborative organizations that align with the vision of Tech Undivided. If you have ideas on how we can work together, get in touch.

Want to learn more about Tech Undivided? Contact our Tech Undivided team at techundivided@venturelab.ca.

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