Tech Undivided

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

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Tech Undivided bridges gender and diversity gaps in the tech sector to support women in tech: female founders, women working in technical roles, and women leaders in tech companies. 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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What is Tech Undivided?

Tech Undivided helps scaling women-led tech companies grow their sales and refine their business model, with the ultimate goal of being investment-ready at the end of the 6-month program. 

 

We support women-led tech companies that are developing solutions in hardware, enterprise software, and digital health. Focused on helping you access capital, talent, technology, and customers, Tech Undivided equips you with the strategy and tactics to grow and scale your business, or better prepare you for raising a seed or Series A round. 

 

The program includes access to monthly skill-building workshops, exclusive partner 1-on-1s, and opportunities to pitch to relevant investors and funding opportunities. In addition, founders are paired with a curated network of strategic mentors with 50:50 gender parity and years of specialized experience to help them better navigate the market and scale their businesses.

 

Apply Now!

 

 

What you’ll get:

  1. A dedicated ventureLAB advisor to help you clarify your business model, refine your pitch deck, and access capital
  2. Access to our curated Strategic Mentorship Network for additional business challenge-based support and guidance
  3. Numerous opportunities to pitch and seek real-time feedback from diverse audiences (practice makes perfect!)
  4. Facilitated Founders Meetups with your cohort peers to share business and personal challenges, and offer each other peer-to-peer support
  5. The opportunity to showcase your company to an audience of potential investors, partners, and government and academic stakeholders during Tech Undivided Demo Day
  6. Free Hot Desk (up to 2 badges per team) at the ventureLAB Innovation Space, including free parking, 24-hour building access, on-site cafeteria, unlimited wifi, meeting room access, etc.
  7. And more!

 

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • High growth tech company with validated market traction looking to scale their customer base or raise a seed or series A round.
  • 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:

  • May 1 , 2020: Cohort 2 applications open
  • June 15, 2020: Cohort 2 applications close
  • May 29, 2020: Application FAQ (Webinar)
  • Mid-July, 2020: All applicants notified of their application status
  • End-July, 2020: Cohort 2 onboarding

 

 

How to apply

Applications for the second cohort of Tech Undivided are open until June 15! Apply here.

 

Stay up-to-date by signing up for our Tech Undivided newsletter!

 

 

Meet the inaugural cohort of Tech Undivided!

AIH Technology Inc. is an AI computer vision company offering Facial Recognition as a Service (FRaaS) through its facial recognition algorithm.   Retainify Technology Inc. helps companies exchange feedback by tracking employee sentiment in order to proactively identify and address issues.
Alexio Corporation provides affordable enterprise-class cyber-security for smaller networks and users, helping to safeguard them from risks like hacking and data loss.   TakuLabs is the only POS for retail that increases footfall in brick and mortar stores.
Boss Insights provides insights on business borrowers and accelerates lending without taking additional risk.   TROES Corp. is a Canadian-based, Advanced Battery Energy Storage company, specializing in Intelligent Distributed Energy Storage solutions.
PurPicks is a network of organic beauty reviews which helps women buy online with confidence.  

 

Meet our Strategic Mentorship Network

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Alan Rego

Communications & Stakeholder Relationships Professional Non-Profit Board Experience, Procter & Gamble

  Chris Matys

Founder, Ignite.AI

Christine Haen

Program Management Director, Radeon Technology Group, AMD

Daniel Staheli

Senior Director, Windows Software Platform Group, AMD

Danielle Graham

Investment Principal, Dreammaker Ventures

Danny Christidis

AMD Fellow – Radeon Technologies Group, AMD

Frederick Glady

Principal, Frederick Glady, Barrister and Solicitor

Heather Sham

Sr. Director Platform Engineering, AMD

Jolie McMillian

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

Nadia Khatir

Sr. Manager, Graphics Diagnostic

Nastaran Bisheban

VP of Global Delivery, Rakuten Kobo

Steven Lili Hoo

Founder and CEO, InGameAd Interactive

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Tech Undivided trying to achieve?

Tech Undivided helps scaling women-led tech companies grow their sales and refine their business model, with the ultimate goal of being investment-ready at the end of the 6-month program.

 

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 in the key sectors of Hardware,  Enterprise Software and Health. Please also refer to the Eligibility Criteria section above.

 

Not sure if you’re eligible? Sign up for our Tech Undivided webinar on May 29, 2020.

 

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 later-stage female founders with the skills and resources to grow their sales and prepare for raising their first round.

 

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 will 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 OCE, 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?

Successful applicants will be contacted by mid-July, 2020. 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 can offer additional dedicated workspace at a subsidized rate of $358/month per desk (includes two badges).

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 Bereskin & Parr, Dream Maker Ventures, and EDC.

 

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.