of Black-owned businesses across Canada were not eligible for the federal Canadian Emergency Business Account
The Black Founders Network (BFN) is an inclusive community for Black entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey, created to provide access to the networks, resources and inspiration to build, fund and scale impactful startups. By recognizing systemic barriers, celebrating Black excellence and providing allyship, mentorship and sponsorship for Black founders, we are building a thriving community of Black entrepreneurs from every industry and at every stage.
grants in Canada went to Black-owned businesses
of venture funding raised in North America went to Black-led companies
of Black entrepreneurs surveyed in Canada said their race makes it harder to succeed as an entrepreneur
The BFN was built and continues to be shaped by the community it serves. Over 100 Black founders and over 50 Black organizations participated in the BFN consulting process. Their lived experiences have informed the design of this initiative.
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