BFN Accelerate (at University of Toronto) – BFN Accelerate Program


The BFN Accelerate, a classic cohort-based accelerator model, is designed to be complementary to other opportunities within the University of Toronto (U of T) Entrepreneurship community and can be completed concurrently with initiatives delivered by U of T’s accelerators. Its structured program delivers education and workshops tailored to Black entrepreneurs, including workshops/sessions with an emphasis on market and customer research, MVP product development, competitor analysis, beta testing, revenue generation and product-market fit.

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.


  • Applicants must be 8-10 startup companies (industry and sector agnostic) from the U of T community with at least one Black-identifying founder.
  • Applicants must have completed U of T’s Intellectual Property (IP) Education Level 1. This is recommended for all applicants with no prior knowledge of intellectual property. Level 1 is open to all University of Toronto students, faculty, staff and alumni on Quercus.
  • For applicants who already have a strong foundation in their IP knowledge, completion of Level 1 can be replaced by completion of a Level 2 Topic.

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