The Big Push and Techstars Toronto Accelerator Team Up to Host Mentor Days for Women Led Startups
Leading accelerators collaborate to support early stage startups founded or led by women through access to expert resources
TORONTO – August 9, 2019 – The Big Push and Techstars Toronto Accelerator today announced that the two organizations have teamed up to host mentor days for startups that are led or founded by women. The mentor days will take place August 15 – 16 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Techstars Toronto office at WeWork on Richmond Street.
Founders can each book up to six meetings per day, each 20 minutes in length, over the course of two days, selecting from among 24 mentors. Participating mentors are founding experts from The Big Push, Techstars mentors, and leaders from Toronto’s technology community. Mentors will each be available for a block of 2.5 hours, during which time they will provide specific advice, feedback, and insights based on their particular discipline and expertise across marketing, business development, operations, finance, human resources, and product management.
The mentor days hosted by the two accelerators are open to 25 tech startups founded or led by women, including those that are not yet generating revenue, as long as they currently have product in the market. Over the two days, participants will also be able to work at the Techstars office (alongside The Big Push founder and CEO, Sharon Zohar and Techstars Toronto Program Manager, Tariq Haddadin), giving founders an opportunity to network with other participants. To sign up for the mentor days, startups can email MentorDays@thebigpush.ca.
“The number of startups led or founded by women continues to rise, and Techstars Toronto is continually focused on working with female founders and women-led startups,” said Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of the Techstars Toronto Accelerator. “Through its programming, The Big Push has established relationships with many great startups and is collaborating with leading organizations to ensure those startups have access to more resources and support. By working together, we are giving those and other startups an opportunity to experience one part of our program, hands-on mentorship, where they can receive specific and actionable feedback and advice from experts, beyond the traditional evaluation of a pitch.”
“Our collaboration with Techstars enables us to support them in their efforts to connect with a more diversified pool of candidates. At the same time, we are providing the startups in our network and in Toronto’s tech community at large with an opportunity to get valuable feedback from mentors on specific topics and issues, but without a requirement for further commitment,” said Sharon Zohar, founder and CEO of The Big Push. “Together, our complementary services will help introduce early stage woman-led companies to the world of accelerators.”
About The Big Push
The Big Push is a business accelerator that gets early-stage, women-founded technology companies investment ready using a service for equity model. With support from The Big Push, early-stage companies can scale faster without the need to pay for additional labour costs. Hands-on services, support, and resources are provided to women-led or women-founded technology startups through a collective of senior executives with expertise across key practice areas spanning finance, design, law, research, sales, public relations, software development, recruitment, and marketing. For additional information, visit thebigpush.ca.
About Techstars Toronto Accelerator
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,900 companies with a market cap of $23 Billion. www.techstars.com
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