Canadian technology and entrepreneurship has been having a huge moment over the last few years. Even in the face of the pandemic, VC investment in Canada closed last year at CAD $4.4B , and we’ve seen growth in the number of accelerators, investors and innovators in our space.
Entrepreneur First, however, is not an accelerator, or even your typical investor.
What we offer is a unique opportunity that ensures Canada’s best future founders are not bound by the status quo. We give them the network to find the right co-founder, the capital and the expertise to support them to realise their potential.
We make sure the world does not miss out on Toronto’s best founders. And we will make sure that this moment for talent in Canada keeps momentum for years to come.
An exited founder myself, and deeply passionate about the talent we have here in Canada, I joined to lead the expansion of Entrepreneur First into North America. We created a team of talented advisors and mentors to build a path for Toronto’s tech talent to become global winners.
Over 1000 applications and 250 interviews later, we had TO1.
But even as an advocate for our talent pool, I couldn’t have anticipated the calibre of this cohort. The ideas, the productivity, the buzz, was mind-blowing. Our founders included early employees from the ecosystem’s high growth companies (Wealthsimple, Properly and more) and world-class technical experts from hubs like the Vector Institute and MILA.