Communitech to Host ‘Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp’

Waterloo’s Communitech startup hub is accepting applications for a new “Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp” on August 19-21 and September 23-25.

“Are you looking for a way to launch and grow your business idea in Waterloo Region? Through Google for Entrepreneurs #40Forward, Communitech is hosting a two-part Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp focused on validating and efficiently raising your business idea,” wrote the organizers. “Through a mix of core concepts and practical application, you’ll increase your exposure to our local ecosystem and gain a solid foundation for startup success.”

The new bootcamp is meant for women entrepreneurs who have a technology-based product idea in hardware or software with potential for IP ownership, for female founding team members who have received less than $100,000 in funding.

The two-part bootcamp will be split in to “Ideation” and “Building”:

Part I: Ideation (August 19-21)
“Develop your business idea and home in on a minimum viable product. The three-day session culminates in a pitch practice where teams receive extensive feedback to prepare for the next round – or are sent back to the drawing board.”

Part II: Building (September 23-25)
“Tune your business engine with an accelerated introduction to basic finance/accounting, marketing and sales, HR and compliance, legal and insurance. Then, compete for seed funding at the final pitch competition before an all-star panel of judges.”

Interested applicants should complete the application form before July 25, 2014. Short-listed candidates will be contacted by the Women in Technology team to complete a 30-minute interview, including a 10-minute pitch on your business opportunity. All candidates will know if they’ve made the cut before Aug. 8, 2014.

First prize will be $15,000, Second prize at $7,000 and third prize of $3,000.

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk previously has written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.