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An incubator and micro-certification in entrepreneurship developed for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and Women founders

TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario and Fanshawe College Corporate Training Solutions partnered to deliver a first-ever founder-focused experience supporting 60 Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) and Women entrepreneurs to gain knowledge required to develop their business during disruptive times alongside experts in the innovation economy. To ensure there is appropriate and relevant course content and delivery, Elevate Entrepreneurship, a no-cost micro-certification and incubator will be instructed by seasoned entrepreneurs and subject matter experts who share their lived experiences. Participants will also receive customized business advisory services, and a suite of other benefits from TechAlliance.  
“Diverse perspectives fuel innovation and opportunities that empower equity-seeking communities with entrepreneurship aspirations will bolster Southwestern Ontario's globally competitive innovation economy," says Christina Fox, CEO of TechAlliance. “When we invest in programming that tackles barriers to entry for equity-seeking groups, we can improve employment prospects for underrepresented communities in Ontario, while simultaneously addressing the gaps within the Canadian innovation landscape.”

This 5 week micro-certification and incubator will prepare founders to manage startup challenges, learn finance fundamentals, and define their growth goals with experienced faculty and advisors.

Continuing to build momentum as a vital resource for innovators and entrepreneurs across Southwestern Ontario, TechAlliance worked in tandem with accomplished partners equally as dedicated to enabling innovation and economic prosperity, and eliminating barriers for equity-seeking founders including:   Women in Communications in Technology  Nokee Kwe Black Entrepreneurship Program.
Candace Miller, senior manager, Strategic Initiatives & Business Development says, "Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions is proud and excited to work with TechAlliance, local employers and community leaders on this essential micro-certification to provide access for equity-seeking populations to obtain entrepreneurship skills for the tech sector to help fuel our economy and support the growth of local businesses." 

Participants will discover Elevate Entrepreneurship as an experience to build, reflect, and finesse their business strategies alongside others, and also learn from those on a similar entrepreneurial path.    
For more information and to learn how to apply, visit:   
This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. 

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