Boost is a new program, created in partnership with the Black Business Initiative, Ulnooweg, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency that will support the growth and development of Black and Indigenous entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada. We encourage and welcome applications from all Black and Indigenous founders; however, given the need to increase representation within the sector, preference will be given to applicants who identify as women and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
With dedicated space to grow their skills and build out their business idea over a 16-week period, the Boost cohort will participate in expert-led, intensive training sessions each week focusing on subjects such as:
- the Lean Business Model Canvas
- Customer discovery and validation
- brainstorming and creating a minimum viable product (MVP) using design thinking methodologies
- how to pitch, and much more.
Program facilitators and advisors will also be available each week to answer any questions and help tackle any obstacles participants may face through office hours.
Applications for the program open on Friday, January 22 and have been extended to 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2021. Follow the link below to complete an application. Workshops will take place Wednesday evenings for the duration of the program.
How to get involved
Attend the program information session on Tuesday, January 26 at 4pm to learn more about the program and ask questions.
Register to attend the virtual event by following the link below.
Submit a program application before Thursday, February 25 at 11:59pm to be considered for Boost. Follow the link below to get started.
Following the application deadline (Feb. 25 at 11:59pm), select applicants will be invited to meet with program advisors to learn more about their goals for the program and determine if they are a good fit.
Participants will be notified if they are selected for Boost on or before Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The program begins on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 and will run for 16-weeks.
Workshop series overview
Onboarding/Icebreakers + Leadership Workshop
Owning your Power
Lean Business Model Canvas
Are you Ready to Startup?
Validating your Idea
Product Management 101 + Tech Basics
Branding, Product Design and No-Code Apps
Volta Cohort Pitch Event – Participants are invited to watch the event and learn the value of a strong pitch
Creating your Online Presence
Legal Considerations for your Business
Persuasive Proposals and Writing
Funding your Business
Virtual Pitch Night
Future of Work: Hiring and Building a Team
Ideal participants for this program will:
- have an early stage business idea or a professional development goal
- preference will be given to applicants with a tech-enabled startup idea, though no technical experience is required
- Be willing and eager to learn/apply new skills from industry experts
- Be able to commit to a 16-week term to build out their idea
- Be based in Atlantic Canada
- Given the need to increase representation within the sector, preference will be given to applicants who identify as women and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ community
This program is proudly presented by
This program is proudly sponsored by
Complete the following application before Thursday, February 25 at 11:59pm. Select applicants will be contacted for an interview to learn more about their goals for participating in the program.
The application period is now closed. Stay tuned to our social media and website for the next program intake dates.