Economic freedom within Reach for the BIPOC communityOur programs provide actionable insights, tangible resources, and substantial connections for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color -- starting with Black-owned businesses in Western Canada.
Founded in 2020, BIPOC Foundation announced its official launch in February 2022 as part of a multi-million dollar federal economic development investment to advance 400 businesses over three years through free offerings for Western Canada’s fastest growing population.
BIPOC Foundation received a first of its kind Recognition in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship at this years Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards 2022. Receiving the award Sinmi Adeoye-Esene Co-Founder of the foundation thanked the Chamber leadership as well as the sponsor of the recognition RINSA (Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta) our Funders PrairiesCan, Advisors, Team and other Ecosystem Partners. She said “We are solving complex challenges and these things take time. We continue to believe in and bet on game changers, we power opportunity, we power equity, we power creators, we power learning, we power communication and we play to win”. Clement, Executive Director thanked the organizers of the event and appreciated the all the business leaders in the room for their commitment in ensuring an equitable entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Government of Canada invests in Black entrepreneurship in Alberta
Lethbridge organization supporting Black-led business
Reach & Impact
Our first milestone is to advance 200 Black-led businesses from 2022-2024. Join us!
Active Community Members
Member Support Services
Our Advisory personally assists you to find and navigate the BIPOC Foundation programs that are the right fit for you, provides free on-call consultations for questions and challenges you are facing in your business today, and facilitates Membership options.
Among our flagship accelerator, we designed a suite of complementary programs you may access in tandem to receive every aspect of ongoing support needed to advance your business. With data-driven methodology, our Advisory tracks your progress before, during and after our programs to ensure your long-term success as a BIPOC Foundation Community Member.
Accelerate your business end-to-end and access funding tracks, sponsored resources, and ecosystem partner introductions.
L.I.F.T. Business Planning
Form a Business Model Canvas and write your business plan step-by-step with our facilitators, and come away with a standard document for financing and other purposes.
Set up your pricing, forecasting, market potential and fundraising through our demos and toolkits every Friday evening at 6:30pm MST.
Develop and deliver on SMART Goals for your business by meeting 1-2-1 with a curated subject matter expert regularly.
Close your skill gaps by interacting with industry leaders presenting on a variety of topics periodically on Monday evenings at 6:30pm MST!
Exchange peer-to-peer feedback with fellow founders by sharing your challenges in our new roundtable format for small groups.
We are looking for Volunteers!
BIPOC need your help to make us better please click down below to know more about our volunteering positions
Come and join us on December 9th, 16th and 23rd. Click on the link below for more info.
Connecting with Black-led innovation across Canada
BIPOC Foundation presents the Building Bridges event in Winnipeg, MB. Featuring a fireside chat with keynote speakers, this is an event for authentic conversations about unlocking pathways for Western Canadian business ecosystems and the future of Black-led start-ups in economic development as part of the fastest-growing population in the region.
Celebrating Black Excellence
No other regional or national organizations currently celebrate Black successes and Black business excellence. We will embrace our part in creating a positive narrative in the Black entrepreneurship ecosystem by designating annual awards for Canada’s Top 10 Black Entrepreneurs, Top 5 Black Women Businesses, and Top 10 Black Businesses.