WE-CAN: Beyond Venture Capital: Exploring Alternate Business Funding


Thursday July 23, 2020
6:00 am - 7:00 am


Virtual Workshop
Event Category

Miss the workshop? Watch the recording.

About this Event

Traditionally, you could either choose to bootstrap your business, or get on the VC (venture capital) track. But what if you could get just enough money to get you to the next level, while keeping control of your business and your growth?

This one-hour workshop will explore the alternate funding options available for you and your business.

In this online workshop, participants will learn:

  • How to spot funding options outside venture capital
  • Why someone might want to pursue bootstrapping or independent funding options
  • The pros and cons of each path

Bring along your questions and ask our guest expert!

Note: Attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to the online session the day before the event.


Tracy Osborn is a designer, developer and "entreprenerd" living in Toronto (formerly from California). She is the program manager at TinySeed, the first startup accelerator for bootstrappers, and the author of Hello Web Books, writing and publishing really friendly beginner tech books.


The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund is providing $3.2 million for Queen’s University to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in the community.

The focus of the WES strategy is to provide support to women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.