Venture-Capital Ready

Investment Training for Women Entrepreneurs
(Serving all of Canada) This is a virtual program.

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This program comes to you through the Small Scale Food Processor Association with funding provided through the Women’s Enterprise Strategy’s Inclusive Venture-Capital Program. The services provided through Venture-Capital Ready program, while ordinarily expensive, are completely free and subsidized by the Government of Canada.


* This program does NOT guarantee venture capital, only the opportunity to prepare you and your business for investment.

Be Venture-Capital Ready.

If it is time to grow your agri-food business but, like many women, BIPOC, and gender diverse entrepreneurs, you worry about the challenges and barriers you could face in finding financing – this program provides you with the insight, know-how, and resources you need.

Through Small Scale Food Processors Association’s Venture-Capital Ready: Investment Training for Women Entrepreneurs (VC Ready) program, you will be supported by industry specialists to prepare for challenges, create your pitch strategy, and have the opportunity to present to potential venture-capital Investors.

How the Program Works

Register and complete the assessment form, you will be notified if you are eligible. Once eligible complete the Business Intake Form and Action Plan, so we can learn more about your business and the areas you need help.

After you complete the Business Intake Form you will receive a personalized Action Plan. Your Action Plan will contain specific resources you can use to develop the documents you need for an investor as well as to improve your knowledge of Venture Capital. We will also offer periodic workshop or other training events.

Complete Investoready© program
This twelve-week program teaches entrepreneurs to manage crucial investor question-and-answer sessions through role-playing and expert feedback.

Join a ‘pitch party’
Pitch parties are hosted by the financial services firm SVX. Present your pitch to your peer group, give and receive feedback. Interested investors will be in attendance.

Use the Investor Pipeline
Join the Investor Pipeline, where your company will be viewed by potential investors. Use your new skills to pitch your business.

Final step: Strike a deal*
When an investor has indicated interest in your business, you can submit your documents to a private Deal Room where you and your investor can communicate privately.

Ready to start your VC Ready adventure?

Register now and complete the Eligibility Assessment – the first step to starting your Venture-Capital Ready adventure.

Register on the VC-Ready Website

We thank our hard-working and dedicated partners for making this program possible.