Access to Success Bootcamp

For startups serving people with disabilities

October to November 2019

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Bootcamp Highlights


Days of intensive sessions in October 2019


Startups serving people with disabilities



Teams of 1 to 4 members each



Prizes to be won at a pitch competition in November 2019

The event venue is accessible and live captioning will be available.

Why they participated

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Canada’s first bootcamp for the accessibility market
Every session in this bootcamp is designed to address the pain points unique to your market. You won’t find any sessions on finance or accounting here, but there will be plenty to learn from experts on customer acquisition, inclusive marketing, impact investments, and more.

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Learn how to expand beyond niche markets using inclusive design
Ever had an investor tell you that your TAM or market size is too small? So have we. That’s why experts from the Inclusive Design Research Centre, the world leaders in inclusive design, will host daily workshops on how to apply inclusive design to potentially expand beyond the “niche” accessibility market.

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Join a community of like-minded founders
We’re building a community of entrepreneurs who share a passion for serving people with disabilities. Come meet others who are on the same journey as you, learn from their war stories, and share in their achievements through panels and closed-door networking sessions.

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Leverage exclusive 1:1 mentoring sessions
Pitching coach extraordinaire Frank Erschen, the global law firm Dentons, and 5 prominent venture capitalists will provide personalized, 1:1 mentoring sessions during and after the bootcamp. No more generalist advice.

What made them eligible

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For-profit startups with products or services for people with disabilities

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At a minimum, must have an MVP or completed market validation

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Must be a registered entity (corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship)

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Preference will be given to startups which co-created the MVP with someone who has a disability

Applications are now closed. For inquiries, please reach out to us at [email protected].

What they learnt

Accessibility and Inclusive Design

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Applying Inclusive Design

Jess Mitchell & David Pereyra
Inclusive Design Research Center

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Inclusive Design at Microsoft

Ricardo Wagner

George Zamfir's headshot

Bootstrapping Digital Accessibility

George Zamfir

Aïko Thurlow's headshot

Mental Health for Founders

Aïko Thurlow

Headshots of Luke Vigeant, Fiona Gao, Dina Nikitina and Mauricio Meza

Customer Acquisition

Luke Vigeant, Inkblot Therapy
Fiona Gao, eSight
Dina Nikitina, Trexo Robotics
Mauricio Meza, Tecla

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Inclusive Marketing

Olivia Olesinski, Stewart Wong & Polina Kosareva
Holland Bloorview

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Working with the Community

Alwar Pillai
Fable Tech Labs

Growing your startup

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Purpose Before Process

Nouman Ashraf
Rotman School of Management

Frank Erschen's headshot

The Artful Science of Pitching®

Frank Erschen

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Impact investments

Gonen Hollander
MaRS Catalyst Fund

Headshots of Pooja Vishwanathan, Andrea Palmer, Luke Vigeant and Alwar Pillai

Later-stage Founder Panel

Pooja Viswanathan, Braze Mobility
Andrea Palmer, Awake Labs
Luke Vigeant, Inkblot Therapy
Alwar Pillai, Fable Tech Labs

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Legal Considerations

Matthew Literovich

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Investor Panel

Danielle Graham, Dream Maker Ventures
Ajay Gopal, Framework Ventures
Snita Balsara, MaRS IAF

1 on 1 Mentoring, Networking & Office Hours

1:1 Mentoring by VC’s

with investors from 7 firms

1:1 Mentoring by Google

with Engineers and Account Executives

1:1 Mentoring on Legal Aspects

Office hours with Dentons

1:1 Pitch Feedback

Office hours with Frank Erschen

1:1 Digital Accessibility Feedback

Office hours with George Zamfir, Slack


with founders of leading later-stage startups

Mentors & Judges

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Newton Asare
Dream Maker Ventures

Pitch Judge
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Matt Roberts
ScaleUp Ventures

Pitch Judge
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Greg Fields

Pitch Judge
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Abid Virani
Fable Tech Labs
Pitch Judge
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Simon Dermer
eSSENTIAL Accessibility

Pitch Judge
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Tariq Haddadin

Natalie Smith's headshot
Natalie Smith
Whitecap Ventures
Stephanie McGuinty's headshot
Stephanie McGuinty
Real Ventures
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Jillian Watson
Golden Ventures

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Dominic Lau
Ripple Ventures
Laith Shukri's headshot
Laith Shukri
ScaleUP Ventures

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Althea Wishloff
Panache Ventures


Pitch Competition Location

77 King St W, Suite 400
Toronto, ON 
M5K 0A1

Bootcamp Location

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325 Front St W 
Toronto, ON 
M5V 2Y1

In partnership with

Sponsored by

Special thanks to

What's next

Why we're doing this

$18 Billion

Global market size of assistive technology

$1 Trillion

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Mass Market 

Opportunity through inclusive design


Assistive tech startups in North America

By using inclusive design, assistive tech can potentially expand beyond a niche segment and enter mainstream mass markets. People with disabilities alone comprise a market the size of China, and yet this market has been largely ignored by the venture capital ecosystem. 

Despite the size of the market, no support programs exist in North America for startups serving people with disabilities.