Jerome KistingManager / Toronto Enterprise Fund and Community Investments
The Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) is very excited to support DRIVEN for the 2014 year. The organization is an innovative approach to ease the entry of underrepresented groups into the tech sector. TEF is delighted to be associated with an initiative that will lower the employment barriers to entry in this sector.
Why Apply to DRIVEN's Programs?
We were founded on the principle that resources and opportunities offer the most value when all individuals have equal access. We pride ourselves on working alongside our program participants to help navigate the journey of building a career or business in tech.
OUR COMMITMENT :
1. Teach women, people of colour, youth and highly skilled newcomers the concepts and tools essential to building their career or idea into a successful business
2. Connect a community of entrepreneurs, technologists and investors that share in the beliefs that big ideas are supported by hard-work and access to opportunity should be equal
3. We push boundaries by taking calculated risks that drive meaningful progress – we don’t shy away from the unconventional and invest our resources in those who have the vision to execute their ideas and be successful
Yohannes TadesseCo-founder / CrowdMax
My startup was part of the inaugural cohort of the Driven Startup Program that launched in the Fall of 2012. From day one, Tamar’s infectious determination and passion to succeed permeated through her actions and all of her communications. Her ability to inspire the cohort and simultaneously corral some of Toronto’s best and brightest to provide us with invaluable mentoring is something we will appreciate for a long time.