Rise Up Women+

Rise up is now more than a pitch competition. The BBPA evolved it into a full entrepreneurial program for Black women called RiseUp Women+.

The third annual RiseUp Pitch Competition and Program offers the opportunity for Black Women+ entrepreneurs at different stages of business to pitch for the chance to win $10,000 and access to entrepreneurial development resources. 

Organized by Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), with support from, The Diversity Institute, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Bank of Montreal (BMO), Loblaw Companies Limited, The Globe and Mail, Future Skills Centre, and the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), RiseUp Women+ has been designed to help Black women entrepreneurs develop key skills, build their networks, and find the support they need to succeed.

Applications are now closed. Follow us on Instagram for future information on Rise Up!

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View resources for entrepreneurs on topics of:

  • Sustaining & Growing Your Business
  • Templates, eBooks & Success Stories
  • Research
  • Incorporation

  • Exporting
  • Community
  • Pitching Basics

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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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