Comments on Funding:
BFN is committed to providing non-dilutive funding to cohort startups that meet the program milestones. BFN Accelerate cohort members will be exposed to funding opportunities via pitch competitions, VCs, corporate partners, donors/alumni, etc.
To complete the U of T’s Intellectual Property Education Level 1, applicants must register. This is recommended for all applicants with no prior knowledge of intellectual property.
Current U of T students will receive CCR credit upon completion on Quercus. For non-U of T applicants who require a UTORID for access, they have to select “BFN Applicant” on the registration form, and they will be provided with a temporary UTORID upon verification. Please note, requesting a new UTORID may take up to 2-3 business days to process.
If applicants already have extensive knowledge or experience with IP matters and wish to take Level 2 without taking Level 1, they have to request a waiver of the Level 1 pre-requisite on the Level 2 Registration Forms by typing “BFN Application Waiver” in the field that asks “What date did you complete Level 1?”
Other Things to Note:
- If the primary applicant from U of T is accepted into the BFN Accelerate cohort, the venture co-founders that are not from U of T are welcome to join sessions; however, the primary U of T founder and applicant should be the primary participant in sessions.
- Non-Black team members are also welcome to attend BFN Accelerate sessions.