Propelling Female Founders from Seed to Series A

A female-led collective that supports female founders through a service-for-equity model.

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WHO WE ARE

The Big Push is a Toronto-based business accelerator that gets early stage, female-founded technology companies investment ready using an equity-for-service model. The Big Push provides hands-on services, support, and resources to female founders through a collective of female senior executives with expertise across key practice areas spanning finance, design, law, research, sales, public relations, and marketing. In addition, The Big Push gives female founders a familiar, supportive environment where they can connect with other professional women who can provide personal perspectives, advice, and support. The program spans 4-6 months and serves female entrepreneurs throughout the Toronto-Kitchener-Waterloo corridor.  The Big Push also provide select opportunities for investment and follow-on funding.

MEET THE FOUNDING TEAM

Sharon Zohar

Founder/CEO

Jodi Echakowitz

Founding Member
Public Relations

Stephanie Fontaine

Founding Member
Business Development

Samiksha Khanna

Founding Member
Operations

Caroline Rouben

Founding Member
Brand Promotions

Eden Spodek

Founding Member
Digital Marketing & Comm

Lisa Sorge

Founding Member
Strategic Marketing

Karen Budahazy

Founding Member
Finance & Sales

Kirstine Stewart

Board Advisor

Angus Frame

Board Advisor

WHY US?

DIVERSITY

We bring a unique perspective to projects and businesses through our diverse backgrounds and talents.

EXPERTISE

We have individual skill sets that cover the end-to-end needs of a growing startup —  from content marketing, graphic design, digital marketing, film, technology, business development, finance, legal, HR and fundraising.

PARTNERSHIP

We work side-by-side with you to position your startup for market penetration, customer growth and capital financing. Your success is our success.

THE PROGRAM

THE BIG PUSH

The Big Push is a 4-6 month equity-for-service program that identifies the business challenges of your startup and puts together an in-depth project roadmap and scheduling of talent to help execute on your goals.

FOLLOW-ON SUPPORT

We provide follow-on support in the form of HR talent sourcing, fund-raising, health and wellness facilitation, legal, pitch refinement, advisor and board recommendations.

SERIES A

We get you Series A ready by working to ensure you achieve the metrics, progress and traction needed and help you leverage our network when the time is ripe.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

HANDS-ON SUPPORT

Unlike other accelerators, we don’t just mentor you, we work side-by-side to help you get the job done and achieve your goals.

SHIFT IN FOCUS

We let you focus on your core business and take a break from the hours it takes to  fundraise and scout for new talent.

DIVERSE TALENT POOL

Our top tier female professionals cover the end-to-end needs of a startup – from legal to design, fundraising to marketing, sales to data science.

LARGE NETWORK

With over 15+ years in their chosen fields, our team of professionals have a wide network of contacts and can make the proper introductions when the time is right.

EQUITY FOR SERVICE

We know how taxing it is to outlay cash for resources at this stage. That’s why we align ourselves with the goals and results of your startup by focusing primarily on equity based compensation.

FEMALE DRIVEN

As women we have a unique perspective and life experience that we bring to projects and businesses. We also understand the challenges women founders experience navigating the male-dominated startup ecosystem.

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ARE YOU…?

  • A female founder or co-founder out to solve a big problem?
  • Have a working prototype or product in the market?
  • Have demonstrated interest in your product or service? (>10K Revenue)
  • Have a team of two or more
  • Approaching your first seed financing round?

DO YOU…?

  • Spend most of your time fundraising and less time on your core business?
  • Have limited resources and expertise among your team?
  • Have limited funds to get you to your next milestone?

CONTACT US

We’re looking for extraordinary women to join our accelerator and help us reshape the startup landscape. Scroll below to see the fields of expertise we’re looking for.

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Do you have the following expertise?

  • Content Strategy
  • PR Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Videography
  • Digital Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Brand Marketing
  • Web Development
  • Finance / Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Business Development
  • Data Science