Resources for the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Community

Black Boys Code Web Development Boot Camps​

Are you a Black Ontarian between the ages of 18 - 29, who may be interested in a career in web development? Black Boys Code is partnering with Lighthouse Labs to deliver an ongoing series of 12 week Web Development Bootcamps for this pilot project. This intensive and comprehensive Bootcamp normally has a program fee of $13,000. However, due to generous funding from the Ontario Government, They are able to offer full scholarships for 200 students to participate in this program over the next year.  



BDC Black Entrepreneurs Resources ​

BDC supports small and medium-sized businesses in all industries and at every stage of growth with money and advice. ​


​​City of Brampton launches new performing arts Internship and Co-op Program for Black and Indigenous Youth

Designed by and for Black and Indigenous students, the program was developed to celebrate and elevate Black and Indigenous youth, increase cultural understanding, provide opportunities for professional development, and prepare students for future leadership positions and careers in the live performing arts industry.​

Blueprint: Backing BIPOC Businesses™

Blueprint: Backing BIPOC Businesses™, is a mentorship and grant program designed to support the advancement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) business owners across Canada.
 
In 2021, 100 Blueprint recipients will take part in a comprehensive mentorship program designed to provide the tools, resources and community to help BIPOC entrepreneurs thrive – plus, recipients will receive a $10,000 CAD grant to help take their business to the next level.                  
 
Blueprint is powered by the DMZ, in consultation with BIPOC-focused community organizations across Canada. The Blueprint mentorship program is made possible by a grant from the American Express Foundation. Additionally, American Express Canada is contributing $1,000,000 in grants to be disbursed to the 100 selected participants.
 

Black Entrepreneur Startup Program - Futurpreneur

Are you a Black entrepreneur aged 18-39 looking to launch a new business? Check out Futurpreneur’s Black Entrepreneur Startup Program! Funded by RBC, with additional loan financing provided by BDC, this exciting new program offers up to $60,000 in startup financing, plus mentorship and resources, to help you kickstart your business journey.  

Indigenous Program - Futurpreneur

At Futurpreneur Canada, we support Indigenous entrepreneurs aged 18-39, helping them launch or buy their own business. With up to $60,000* in financing, an expert mentor for up to two years, and access to resources, we’re here to help young entrepreneurs bring their business plan to life.
HireBIPOC.com is an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC crew and creatives working in screen-based industries.
All self-identified BIPOC working in all areas of the industry, across all experience/education levels, are encouraged to join.
 
 
The Black Leaders of Tomorrow program is our youth entrepreneurship mentoring program. We match mentors with youth who identify as Black and who want to become entrepreneurs. Launched in 2018, the program helps youth hone their business skills and provides an opportunity to learn and grow year-round with the support of a Black professional.
 
Contact Tasha at  905-455-6789 ext. 118 or email at tasha@rootscs.org or Felix at 905-455-6789 ext. 111 or mentoring@rootscs.org
 
 

​Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program in Partnership with RedBird Circle Inc.

Based on traditional knowledge and created in partnership with Indigenous experts, this program aims to build career competencies, eliminate barriers, facilitate partnerships and mentorships, and build pathways to success for Indigenous entrepreneurs and change-makers.
 
 

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund

The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and several financial institutions. It will provide loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.
 

The Government of Canada has announced that the Federation of African-Canadian Economics (F.A.C.E.), a coalition of prominent Black-led business and community organizations, will manage the Government's investment in the Loan Fund.

 
 

Black Innovation Programs (BIP)

The first-in-Canada programs will provide startups led by Black entrepreneurs with the strengthening support of a top university-based incubator network, as well as additional programming, mentorship, events, and connections to industry, capital and an alumni network, to support their success and growth.

Indigenous Business Directory (IBD)​

The Indigenous Business Directory is designed to assist and support Indigenous businesses in the pursuit of business opportunities, including federal procurement. This directory is a resource available to all levels of government, as well as the private sector to identify Indigenous businesses.

 

Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund

The Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a micro-finance program open to Indigenous women-owned businesses who may lack access to conventional financing.

ACCELERATE Symposium

The ICON Symposium Planning Committee felt it would be beneficial to present a platform for Aspiring, Early Stage and Scaling (BIPOC) founders in all stages of their journey to meet, share and learn from others in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. There will be opportunities to listen to well established speakers, opportunities to demo their product or solution and most importantly the chance to meet other persons to network with. Our team’s key metric of success from the Symposium is the number of individuals able to leverage this event to get sponsors, mentorship and investment opportunities. In addition, we will leverage the feedback from attendees to measure if they were able to start and build meaningful relationships because of the symposium.

 

ICON Talent Partners

ICON Talent Partners (“ICON”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, training, mentoring and exposing top diverse talent to high impact sectors, where they are often underrepresented. Namely, we train and help place talent in areas such as investment banking, asset management, corporate law, venture capital & private equity as well as tech start-ups. Our target demographic is students and young professionals who identify as visible minorities with an emphasis on Black, Hispanic and Indigenous talent.

 

Rise Asset

Provides microfinancing and mentorship to entrepreneurs living with mental health and addiction challenges interested in pursuing self-employment. Business loans, leases, and other investments are offered depending on the stage of development, needs and capacity of each business.

 

Access Community Capital

Access offer loans to people with poor or no credit, no collateral, or anyone unable to get a loan from a major bank. They use a character-based lending model, which means they consider your character, skills and motivation when you apply.

 

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Capital

The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program provides access to capital and business opportunities to Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners in Canada.

 

BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Banking  

BDC are the only financial institution in Canada dedicated to entrepreneurs. They offer a unique Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan of up to $350,000 to start or grow a business, whether you operate on or off reserve.

 

Canadian Council for Indigenous Businesses

CCAB builds bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, businesses, and communities through diverse programming, providing tools, training, network building, major business awards, and national events. 

 

Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

The Canadian Center for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Inc. is dedicated to the promotion and growth of Aboriginal Entrepreneurship in Canada. 

 

Native Women’s Association of Canada

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. 

 

Indigenous Economic Development Fund