Willow Cup, Genecis Envirotech split $100,000 in funding from Communitech Fierce Founders pitch competition

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Yesterday, Fierce Founders, Communitech’s accelerator for women-led companies, hosted its Communitech Fierce Founders bootcamp pitch competition.

The competition offered $100,000 in funding to two startups, as well as a spot in the Fierce Founders Accelerator’s second cohort. Willow Cup, which is developing plant-based milk products, took the $60,000 top prize. Genecis Envirotech, which is developing a machine meant to process food waste and offset landfill capacity, received the $40,000 second place prize.

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“This group of Fierce Founders has been exceptional to work with and we have seen incredible progress over the course of the program,” said Danielle Graham, the Women in Tech Program Manager at Communitech. “Each year we receive more and more high-quality applicants for the Fierce Founders Bootcamp. This year’s top eight was a collection of exceptional startups with real potential.”

The Fierce Founders Bootcamp puts entrepreneurs through six days of workshops over the course of six weeks, taking part in business fundamentals workshops and receive mentorship.

This was the first winter session offered in the bootcamp’s three-year history, and included startups from the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor, Halifax, and San Francisco.

The Fierce Founders accelerator program begins on March 20. During the accelerator, startups can get funding matched up to $30,000, up to $100,000 in Google Cloud platform credits, and mentorship.

Related: Communitech announces first cohort of female-led companies for its Fierce Founders accelerator

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.