ApplyThank you for choosing Driven Accelerator Group, where we invest in people first. Please share more about yourself, your founding partners and describe your start up using the fields below. You can not save this form, so please ensure you have all the necessary requirements before you start the application process. Please review the FAQ and What We Look for sections before you apply.
We look forward to meeting you!
Gloria Roheim McRaeCo-Founder / Wedge15 Inc
If you want to be your own boss, build a profitable, sustainable and socially conscious company, DRIVEN has you covered from A to Z. It’s a pleasure to share what’s taken me a decade to learn, with the start ups in this program. Nothing compares to the honest, robust and innovative curriculum DRIVEN offers start ups in Canada. And while you’re at it, it never hurt to learn the ins and outs of crowd-funding. It’s a life-long skills for businesses
How is DRIVEN different from other accelerator programs?
DRIVEN Accelerator stands out in a number of ways;
1. Our facilitators use the flipped classroom method. We provide weekly in-person and online workshops that actually teach you all aspects of sustainability, business and product development in the classroom.
2. Our accelerator gears its advanced programming toward highly innovative start-ups that are led by under represented entrepreneurs including women, people of colour and skilled newcomers. We believe true innovation takes place when diversity is present.
3. Our mentors are really here to help you work through those tough spots, challenge your thinking and guide you to success.
What type of commitment do you require?
We require a full-time focus during the program so that teams can successfully launch or scale their companies. The first few months in a startup’s life span are often the most productive, and can make or break the company.
What type of companies are you looking for?
We are looking for companies that are led by under-represented entrepreneurs in the digital media industry. Specifically, this means that at least ONE of the founders is a Female, person of colour, or Canadian newcomer. We are interested in product-focused companies in the consumer internet, mobile space and cloud computing space.
How long is the program?
Can I apply if I am outside of the Toronto?
Yes, however all applicants must relocate to Toronto for the duration of the program.
Can I apply if I don’t have a prototype yet?
Your prototype may be semi-functional, completely function, or even mock up designs that explicitly describe what you plan to create. Having said that, we are interested in start-ups that have the capacity to execute. Having a prototype is very important in the evaluation process of your idea and ultimately your admission to DRIVEN. Please DO NOT apply without a prototype to show.
Do you take equity?
No. As a non profit organization we understand cash flow is very important to a start-up. Our primary focus is educating and accelerating our teams.
Do you charge the start-ups a fee to participate?
Yes. If you are shortlisted during the application process your team will be required to crowdfund your tuition of $7125 CAN through our partners RocketHub.com.
Will you help us with our crowdfunding campaign?
Yes. DRIVEN and RocketHub will assist your team with campaign and video production strategy before the launch of your campaign.
Why did DRIVEN incorporate crowdfunding into its application process?
DRIVEN is no stranger to innovation, especially when it comes to raising funds. Crowdfunding allows each team to prove customer validation for their product or service. It also teaches you to how raise your own money, without giving up a piece of your business.
Do we have to work out of the DRIVEN offices during the 5 month program?
Yes. You will have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with other start-ups in the program. Your rent space is covered under your tuition.
Do you provide funding?
Not at this present time, however we will provide funding in the very near future. We do leverage our connections in the investment community to provide our start-ups with direct access to funding.
What if we’ve already taken some funding. Can we still apply?
Yes, please reference this on your application.
How large of a team can apply?
Generally 2 to 4 people, but experience has shown that teams of 2-3 work significantly better.
Do I need a technical co-founder?
No, but it’s HIGHLY encouraged. Ideally, we are looking for teams with at least one very talented technical founder.
Do I need to provide a business plan?
No. Although a good thing to have, a business plan is not necessary. We are more interested in your team, prototype and readiness to launch.
Will DRIVEN Accelerator Group sign an NDA?
No, we cannot sign an NDA due to the large number of applications we receive, but we do not share applications outside of our selection committee. The more details you are able to provide about your startup and its’ plan, the higher the likelihood of you being accepted into the program.
Are you looking for additional mentors or facilitators?
We are always looking to expand our existing mentorship network across North America. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or facilitator for DRIVEN please reach out to us.