About the Competition

Women entrepreneurs face structural barriers to entrepreneurship, and Black women entrepreneurs have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This new award program is an opportunity for Black women entrepreneurs to receive support and potential funding to grow their businesses, while recognizing the African, Caribbean and Black Women Entrepreneurs who have persevered with innovative business ideas despite the challenges of recent months.

Applications from Black women at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey are encouraged, and will be provided with opportunities to develop skills, build networks and get the support they need to succeed.

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Award Categories

Rise Up includes eight different award categories representing various sectors, business and life stages with both financial and non-financial prizes awarded to the winners:

  • Start-Up

  • Youth Entrepreneur

  • Hospitality & Food

  • Consumer Goods & Services

  • Technology & Manufacturing

  • Business Services

  • Best Creative Business

  • Innovation/COVID-19 Pivot

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How are applicants evaluated?

Applicants are evaluated at several points throughout the program:

  • Stage 1:
  • Stage 2:
    Business model
  • Stage 3:
    Virtual pitch

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My business falls under more than one category. Can I be considered for both?

Applicants may only be considered for one category and must specify their preferred category during the Stage 1 application

Are workshops and webinars mandatory?

Workshops and webinars are not mandatory, however attendance is strongly encouraged to ensure applicants have the tools necessary to succeed in moving forward the next stages.

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