Event Overview

The Black Founders Network (BFN) at the University of Toronto is hosting a Celebration of Black Excellence in Entrepreneurship at our Convocation Hall on Oct 18 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The event will mark the BFN’s one-year anniversary and celebrate the graduation of our first cohort of funded Black-led startups in the BFN Accelerate program.

Join us for an evening filled with exciting pitches from Black-led startups, where we will be awarding $45,000 in prizes. Find out who will receive the BFN Cohort Choice, Top Venture Awards, and place your vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

The event will also have a panel of trailblazing Black founders with inspiring success stories who will share their journeys and provide candid advice to the next generation of innovators. This is a great opportunity to build connections with our community of founders, investors and partners.


Entrepreneur in Residence, Black Founders Network

Edgar Brown 

Edgar Brown is a marketer, coach, and entrepreneur who builds and scales mission-driven technology companies. Previously, he was a Growth Lead at On Deck, a Series B EdTech startup backed…


Tefari Bailey 

Tefari is the CEO and Founder of Hutsy Financial, an online digital banking platform that was created to make financial wellness achievable for everyone, regardless of their background or financial…

CEO, Protexxa

Claudette McGowan 

CEO, Protexxa Claudette McGowan is the chief executive officer of Protexxa, a B2B SaaS cybersecurity platform that leverages Artificial Intelligence to rapidly identify, evaluate, predict, and resolve cyber issues for employees. She…



Tiffany Callender 

Tiffany is the co-founder and inaugural CEO of the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE), a coalition of black-led organizations dedicated to stimulating economic growth and creating generational wealth for…

Investments, Techstars Toronto

Alisha Golden 

Investment Lead, Techstars Toronto Alisha Golden leads investment sourcing for Techstars Toronto, a world renowned accelerator focused on startups making the world better. She is a catalyst for entrepreneurial transcendence,…

Executive Director, Black Opportunity Fund

Craig Wellington 

Craig Wellington is the inaugural executive director of the Black Opportunity Fund, a dynamic partnership involving businesses, philanthropists, foundations, and the Black community, mandated to establish a pool of sustainable…

2022 BFN Accelerate Cohort