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25 Female Founders Selected to Participate in Communitech Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

Communitech has announced the 25 participants selected for the Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, a six-day program aimed at helping female founders turn their business ideas into scalable startups.

The Communitech Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp brings together twenty five female founders for a six-day program culminating in a pitch competition for $100K in seed funding on October 1, 2015.

The Bootcamp is a six-day launch program focused on ideation and building business ideas. In its second year, the program is open to entrepreneurs with a tech or tech-based idea at a pre- minimum viable product stage.

The women selected for the program come from as far away as Montreal, St. John’s, Vancouver, Brooklyn (NY) and Alexandria (VA), as well as from the Toronto-Waterloo corridor and across Ontario. The women selected are:

  • Bonnie Cheung, Ourotech – Waterloo
  • Renishaki Kamal, Fidget – Waterloo
  • Vanessa Cherenfant, Elysia – Montreal
  • Caroline Lukowicz, Tables – Waterloo
  • Emily Dimytosh, Splashingly – Georgetown, ON
  • Alexandra Jeffries, AggCloud – Ilderton, ON
  • Olivia Simmons, ConferenceCloud – Toronto
  • Yasaman Soudagar, Neurescence Inc. – Toronto
  • Elva Yang, ConNextor – Waterloo
  • Caitlin Billingsley, FoodSafe – London, ON
  • Sarah Murphy, Sentinel Alert – St. John’s, NL
  • Natalia Mykhaylova, Cleanopy – Toronto
  • Alexa Roeper, Penta Textiles – Kitchener
  • Julie (Hyunjoo) Lee, PinkWallet – Toronto
  • Anastasia Martynovitch – Waterloo
  • Pearl Chen – Toronto
  • Nicola Cateret, What’s Life Inc. – Bayfield, ON
  • Emily Smith, no campfire required – Toronto
  • Christine Zakrajsek, Sangha – Toronto
  • Niki Sadeghi, Instuzz – Vancouver
  • Sheena Franklin, Well-Kept Beauty – Alexandria, VA
  • Sandra Loop, FinTech – Waterloo
  • Lisa Gervis, ShopCloset – Toronto
  • Parisa Hamilton, Elite – Waterloo
  • Pilar Harris, Digital Empowerment Project – Brooklyn, NY

The intensive six-day program will be facilitated by Lisa Dakin Bartels, Manager of Learning and Development at D2L, and draw on the mentors, entrepreneurs-in-residence and advisors from Communitech and across the Waterloo Region tech community to provide hands-on, practical advice in turning business ideas into a viable startup.

The program will have two sessions: August 25th – 27th, and September 29th – October 1st, which will be followed by a pitch competition where $100,000 in seed funding will be awarded.

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