It’s no secret, raising funds for a startup is never easy. AC founders have unparalleled access to investors and investor readiness education, but in today’s market, there are extra challenges.
“One of the hardest parts of being a founder is raising capital at the right time and finding the right investors that align with their vision,” said Shabab Chowdhury, Senior Associate of Investments and Advisory. “Not everyone starts with a network they can leverage to raise capital.”
To help our founders connect to new opportunities, build early relationships, and start securing investment, we launched our first Investor Month. Over the month of February, we invited our pre-seed to series A startups to tap into our investor network through 5 curated, sector-specific showcases:
Mobility, Transportation, and Robotics
Apps, Marketplaces, and D2C
Prior to pitching in front of top investors from our network, our founders received a crash course from our in-house investment support team where they learned how to perfect their pitches and prepare for questions from investors.
“Investor Month provided our startups with the opportunity to pitch in front of both Canadian and US investors, and the chance for our investor network to see what our startups can do and form connections,” said Shabab.
Following the showcase, we shared the pitch decks of all participating start-ups with our investor network. We’ve made over 66 introductions between founders and interested investors since the final showcase. In one month, our startups have been connected to new opportunities, built early relationships, and started securing investment.
Meet the Startups
Mobility, Transportation, and Robotics:
Apps, Marketplaces, and D2C:
Creating and navigating investment opportunities is a key part of our AC:Incubate programming. Our founders can access one to one time with Shabab and our other mentors to learn how to become investment ready, refine their pitch, and communicate with investors.
Not an AC community member yet? You should be!
AC founders have the opportunity to apply to our investment showcases and develop connections with our broad investor base – allowing you to pitch to some of the country’s top investors. Check out our programs.