Women in Technology Boot Camp

Come and learn what it takes to build your tech start-up! During this half-day Women in Technology (WIT) Boot Camp hosted by BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Fund, we are looking to connect women founders and leaders of technology start-ups with the resources they need to grow their businesses.


This can’t-miss opportunity will connect pre-seed and seed-stage technology companies with peers, investors and organizations that are out there to help. Hear candid war stories from those who have been there and walk away with concrete tools to help take your company to the next level.

Fill out an application today! Selected companies will be eligible for a discounted $50 ticket to Startupfest. Please wait to hear back about your application to the WIT Boot Camp before buying your tickets to Startupfest.

About BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Fund

Supporting women entrepreneurs is a priority for BDC Capital. We take a holistic approach to empower women by providing capital and resources to create successful companies and build an ecosystem for women in technology. The Women in Technology Venture Fund is the world’s largest venture capital fund dedicated to investing in women-led technology companies.


  • The Honourable Bardish Chagger

    Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Minister of Small Business and Tourism

    Eva Wong

    Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer,


  • Michael Denham

    President and Chief Executive Officer,


    Senia Rapisarda

    Managing Director,



  • Michelle Scarborough

    Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech,

    BDC Capital

    Michelle McBane

    Managing Director, StandUp Ventures

    Senior Investment Director, MaRS Investment

  • Kristen Hamilton

    CEO and Co-founder,


    Devon Brooks

    CEO & Co-Founder,


  • Emily Key

    VP Operations,

    Bench Accounting

    Jackie Burke

    Vice President of Sales,

    Builders VC

  • Natalie Fratto

    Vice President,

    Silicon Valley Bank

    Lauren Rathmell

    Co-Founder, Greenhouse & Marketing Director,

    Lufa farms

  • Heather Galt

    VP, Startup Programs and Growth Coach,

    Communitech Corp.

    Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

    Programs Lead,

    The DMZ

  • Jill Earthy


    RAISE Collective

    Vanessa Dawson

    CEO and Founder,

    The Vinetta Project

  • Marie Chevrier

    CEO & Founder,




    Tara Akhavan Ph. D.

    Co-founder & CTO,


  • Lauren Robinson

    Chief Operating Officer,

    Highline Beta

    Alyssa Harvey Dawson

    General Counsel and Head of Legal, Privacy and Data Governance,

    Sidewalk Labs

  • Stephanie Choo

    Managing Partner,

    Portag3 Ventures

    Lisa Besserman

    Founder & CEO,

    Startup Buenos Aires


Time Session Title Description
1:00 p.m. Opening and welcome Opening remarks
1:10 p.m. Opening keynote: How do you build a rocket ship? Stories from the start-up trenches
1:30 p.m. Start-up Ask Me Anything (AMA) In this candid interactive session, hear about what it takes to build a successful company and get all of your questions answered. Don't be shy, we want to tackle the tough issues and help you navigate the tech landscape!
2:00 p.m. The great debate: Financially engineering your start-up You need money to take your business to the next level. Should you take debt so you don't lose equity in your start-up? Or should you let go of some equity in exchange for debt freedom and leveraging your investors’ knowledge and network? In this Oxford style debate, we will present the statement "equity is better than debt" and let you be the judge!
2:30 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. Fundraising chain reaction panel What does it take to get VC money? What checklist do you need to complete before you're ready to compete for funding? How can you position yourself for success in a market that is notorious for investing in a small number of female founders? In this unique panel, those with the power to invest will give you insight into how you can best prepare yourself and your company.
3:10 p.m. & 3:50 p.m Building your product – Breakout session Attendees can choose 2 of these 3 sessions to attend. Each speaker/facilitator will run each session 2 times for 30 min per session.
3:10 p.m. & 3:50 p.m HR - Breakout session Attendees can choose 2 of these 3 sessions to attend. Each speaker/facilitator will run each session 2 times for 30 min per session.
3:10 p.m. & 3:50 p.m Where to start with to get your first close – Breakout session Attendees can choose 2 of these 3 sessions to attend. Each speaker/facilitator will run each session 2 times for 30 min per session.
4:30 p.m. Programs supporting women tech entrepreneurs You've heard what it takes to build a company, now hear from organizations supporting women in tech. This lightning round will let you hear about these programs ahead of the cocktail party, so you know who you need to speak to over that glass of wine!
5:30 p.m. Cocktail Network and connect with the people you need to take your company to the next level!

*The boot camp content will only be presented in English