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

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Black Entrepreneur Startup Program

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.



​BIPOC TV & Film

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.



​Black Leaders of Tomorrow

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.

  • Geared toward youth ages 16 to 24 

  • Matches youth with a business mentor for one year in which youth develop a business plan

  • Youth who complete a business plan are eligible to win a start-up grant for their business

  • 20 youth participants and 12 matches in the first year

  • Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services through the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan

Learn more about the BLT program and how to become a mentee or mentor...

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.

http://icubeutm.ca/indigenous



​Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund - Opening May 2021

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.

https://services.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/IndigenousBusinessDirectory​​​


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.

https://www.ccab.com/indigenous-women-entrepreneurship-fund/​