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Accelerating diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship.

#womenRAISE

WHO WE ARE

Collaborative Capital. Connected Communities.

The RAISE Collective is building a Canadian community of female founders and investors in order to support diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship. We support female founders who are actively raising capital by curating investment opportunities, and championing an investing environment aligned with our community.

CHANGING THE RATIO

We seek to improve the gender ratio in innovation, investment and funding by supporting female entrepreneurs in their capital raising goals. We convene connections of capital, mentorship and collaboration, both in person and online.

GROWING A DIVERSE CAPITAL POOL

We bring together women to help grow and diversify the capital pool available to a broader range of female entrepreneurs and to develop more diverse innovation in our economy.

SUPPORTING CAPITAL RAISES OF WOMEN-LED BUSINESSES

We support female founders and entrepreneurs on their journey to raising capital, curating investment opportunities in an inclusive environment.

Only 5% of Canadian tech startups have a female founder.
STATS CANADA, 2014
Female founders’ companies out-perform their male peers’ by
63%
in terms of creating value for investors.
FIRST ROUND 10 YEARS, 2017

WHAT WE OFFER

There are lots of ways to get engaged with RAISE. From Founder Hours, to our collaborate capital-raising cohort, to our showcase events, join in one of our #womenRAISE initiatives!

WeRAISE:
Collaborative Cohort
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A facilitated cohort program that provides mentorship, expertise, connections, and awareness for female founders actively raising capital.
In-person & virtual
Founder Office Hours
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Regular monthly office hours to provide advisory services to founders.
In-person & virtual
Investor Circles
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Curated roundtable of investors, and investor-curious. Connecting with peers, learning about due diligence and deal selection from industry experts.
Workshops
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High-impact, effective, pragmatic workshops to help founders strengthen their capital-raising capacity.
RAISE Showcase Events
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Expert Investor Fireside Panel + Founder Showcase

WHY WE DO IT

Women received 2.5%
of all Venture Capital money available in 2016.
FORTUNE, 2017

We need to make it easier for women entrepreneurs to get access to capital.

Justin Trudeau, 2017
90%
of VC firms with all-male investment teams exclusively funded ventures with all-male founding teams.
STATS CANADA, 2016
$3.2 Trillion in Assets are Controlled by Women in Canada; $1.1 Trillion in Financial Wealth.
GLOBE AND MAIL, 2017

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There were 521 board seats in Canada in 2016, and only 76 were filled by women, that’s 14.5% of the available seats.

TORONTO STAR, 2016

RAISE hosts regular events and workshops for experienced and aspiring female investors, and programs for female founders.

RAISE SUPPORTERS

FOUNDING PARTNER

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