SheBoot is a bootcamp that prepares women founders to pitch their business and secure investment.
Applications are now closed. They will open again in spring 2024.
Together, Capital Angel Network and Invest Ottawa built this bootcamp to help scalable technology and technology-enabled women-led businesses tackle tough challenges like access to capital & access to mentors
1. To help more women founders access capital
2. Have more women investing in startups
Meet the impressive entrepreneurs who completed bootcamp, competed in the grand pitch finale and won a top award!
Build the skills, network, and pitch your business needs to land investment.
Bootcamp takes place over two months in the Fall. If accepted, you’ll join a cohort and commit a minimum of one day per week to the program, which includes interactive group training workshops, weekly practice sessions to perfect your business pitch, one-on-one mentor meetings and investor introductions. Beyond bootcamp, you can anticipate an additional nine months+ of continued support; a dedicated coach and ghost board will work with you to help maintain your momentum and support you throughout your investment journey.
The fine details are to come, but here’s what you can count on:
The Capital Angel Network is a group of angel investors committed to building the region’s entrepreneurial community. Get to know their members and be introduced to their broader network, which extends across and far beyond Ottawa’s ecosystem.
Be matched with a dedicated business coach who works as your program guide. They will:
Work with mentors with specialized skills during hands-on sessions. These are experienced:
Participate in top-tier training workshops with a curriculum is designed to help you secure investment. The subjects covered include:
SheBoot support continues well beyond the two-month-long bootcamp. For an additional nine months+, every graduate is paired with a coach and ghost board. Like an advisory board, the ghost board is a group of high-profile professionals that lend their expertise, provide advice and make recommendations. But unique to your SheBoot ghost board, your advisors will apply an investment lens and specially focus on supporting your growth and investment plan.
Go through the training with peers who get it and finish the program with a robust network of ambitious game-changers like you.
SheBoot isn’t just a bootcamp, it’s a community.
SheBoot is designed and delivered by leading women from across our ecosystem: a collective of seasoned entrepreneurs, angel investors, and all-around success experts. Founders accepted into the program learn from these high-achieving trailblazers and benefit from their ongoing support. They also build a powerful network of peers – fellow entrepreneurs who want to see you succeed.
Is this the program for you?
Bootcamp takes place over two months in the Fall and concludes with a pitch competition. During the pitch competition, SheBoot graduates pitch their business to the SheBoot Investor group, a national group of women investors, who select the winners. The pitch finale grand prize is a minimum of $150,000 in investment, with the prize money awarded totaling $300,000 in equity-based funding.
The SheBoot Investor ground awards the top prize money in the form of a convertible loan. A convertible loan is a short-term debt that converts into equity. The basic terms are:
Final terms are dependent on your business.
When we use the term “women,” we refer to all individuals who identify as women. This includes women of colour, transgender women, and women with gender-diverse identities, including non-binary folks and gender non-conforming women (as we know, gender is fluid and can change throughout one’s lifetime). These women have historically and systemically been excluded from many mainstream programs, services and opportunities.
At SheBoot, we are making a concerted effort to prioritize equity, access and inclusion in everything we do. Our goal is to ensure that anyone who would like to access programs and services truly feels welcome and supported. We recognize that every founder has unique needs and lives experience and that, in some cases, we are not currently well-equipped to address these unique needs.
At SheBoot, we still need to systemically assess how to enhance our programming and advisory to support all founders best. As an example, our advisors and program teams have not yet received training to help them address the needs of racialized and gender-diverse founders. However, this is now in process at Invest Ottawa, a SheBoot founding organization.
Leveraging the diversity of our partners and networks, their internal DEI experts and our generous, committed community, we will do our best to support the needs of all participants. We welcome all women to SheBoot and are committed to listening, learning and helping every founder to thrive.
We extend sincere thanks to our strategic partners that help make SheBoot possible.
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