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Accelerating diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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WHO WE ARE

Collaborative Capital. Connected Communities.

The RAISE Collective exists to support female founders who are raising capital by creating community and curating investment opportunities through Female Funders, an investing  community aligned with our values.

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 seek to support connections of capital, mentorship and collaboration.

GROWING A DIVERSE CAPITAL POOL

Female Funders offers an investor accelerator program for corporate and technology executives, empowering more women to become the investors of tomorrow. Greater diversity of investors will bring new products and innovation into the world by supporting a broader range of entrepreneurs.

SUPPORTING CAPITAL RAISES OF WOMEN-LED BUSINESSES

Through Female Funders, we support female 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 and Female Funders host events and programming for new and experienced investors, and founders. Want to learn more?

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