For startups serving people with disabilities
Final Pitch competition: November 16, 2019
Days of intensive sessions in October 2019
Startups serving people with disabilities
Teams of 1-4 members each
Prizes to be won at a pitch competition in November 2019
The event venue is accessible and live captioning will be available.
Help us make the event accessible to everyone by requesting accommodations when you apply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For-profit startups with products or services for people with disabilities
At a minimum, must have an MVP or completed market validation
Must be a registered entity (corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship)
Preference will be given to startups which co-created the MVP with someone who has a disability
Jess Mitchell & David Pereyra
Inclusive Design Research Center
Luke Vigeant, Inkblot Therapy
Fiona Gao, eSight
Dina Nikitina, Trexo Robotics
Mauricio Meza, Tecla
Olivia Olesinski, Stewart Wong & Polina Kosareva
Fable Tech Labs
Rotman School of Management
MaRS Catalyst Fund
Pooja Viswanathan, Braze Mobility
Andrea Palmer, Awake Labs
Luke Vigeant, Inkblot Therapy
Alwar Pillai, Fable Tech Labs
Danielle Graham, Dream Maker Ventures
Ajay Gopal, Framework Ventures
Snita Balsara, MaRS IAF
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
Global market size of assistive technology
Global disposable income of pwd
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.