• BUILD SOMETHING GREAT

    Applications for 2014 are open!

    DRIVEN trains and supports under-represented founders that are committed to building transformative technology companies.

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Teach

Our program is thoughtfully curated, from optimizing workflow, tools provided, skills taught, to network connections and fostering a culture of growth - we aim to increase your chance of succeeding as founders.

Engage

We deliver more than valuable companies - we’re mentorship focused putting people first. We embrace Lean Startup principles and an iterative process to create & deliver an innovative curriculum that our founders leverage to succeed faster

Inspire

Our Alumni network along with the people DRIVEN connects you with offer insight and a forum to share experiences, strategy and advice. This open access guarantees you will not only build a meaningful company but will grow as a leader

Jerome Kisting

Manager / Toronto Enterprise Fund and Community Investments

The Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) is very excited to support DRIVEN. The accelerator 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?

We were founded on the principle that resources and opportunities offer the most value when all entrepreneurs have equal access. As a mentorship-focused accelerator, we pride ourselves on working alongside founders to help navigate the journey of building a company from scratch.

OUR COMMITMENT :

1.  Teach under-represented founders the concepts and tools essential to building their 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


  • Specialized Focus

    We provide a supportive environment that understands the unique challenges your start-up will face.

  • Flipped Classroom

    We provide weekly in-person and online workshops that actually teach you all aspects of sustainability, business and product development in the classroom.

  • Mentor Network

    Our mentors are really here to help you work through those tough spots, challenge your thinking and guide you to success.

  • Driven Start-up Showcase

    Your start-up will participate in an intimate non-competitive product showcase with your key users, and promising investors


How We're Doing

99%

Completed DRIVEN

90%

Launched Products

65%

Raised Funds

80%

Still Operating

Featured Mentors

GLORIA ROHEIM MCRAE

DAVID OSSIP

AMBER MAC

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Yohannes Tadesse

Co-founder / CrowdMax

My startup was part of the inaugural cohort of the DrivenAccelerator 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.

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