Media Release

Communitech’s Fierce Founders Uplift accepting applications for third cohort

KITCHENER, ONT., June 26, 2023 — Communitech is accepting applications for its third cohort for the Fierce Founders Uplift program.

Since 2014, Communitech's Fierce Founders initiatives have helped women founders grow their businesses. In December 2020, Communitech launched Fierce Founders Uplift,  which offers support to women and non-binary founders from equity-deserving groups with early stage businesses. Since the launch, 20 founders have successfully completed the program.

Participatants will receive $10,000 provided by our partners at BDCGoogle for StartupsFed Dev OntarioGovernment of Ontario, and the City of Kitchener. They will also receive one-on-one counsel and mentorship from Communitech growth coaches. Funding provided through the initiative is not required to be matched by the founders themselves, which is often a requirement in other startup programs. 

Fierce Founders Uplift is a part of the Fierce Founders series of programs. Participants of Fierce Founders Uplift can also apply for Fierce Founders Intensive Track, a program for women and non-binary founders to receive $50,000 in matching funds and hands-on experience with Communitech growth coaches. Founders with businesses not yet ready to participate in Fierce Founders Uplift are encouraged to apply to Fierce Founders Bootcamp,  a fast-paced business and personal-growth program for earlier stage companies.

Applications for Fierce Founders Uplift will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST July 12, 2023.

Apply here.


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About Communitech

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was just a wild idea, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1,600 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players.

Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.

  • Communitech is a place – the centre of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.
  • Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
  • Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to help companies go from a small startup to a global giant.