Who We Are

At the heart of Canada’s rich cultural mosaic, we find the BIPOC Foundation, a beacon of hope and opportunity. Born from a shared dream of economic growth and social justice, our focus began with supporting the vibrant Black community.

Thanks to a generous $2.6M federal investment from the Government of Canada in February 2022, we’ve joined hands with other caring non-profits. Together, we’re weaving a new future for Western Canada’s economy. Our collaborative efforts include launching an accelerator program, offering essential business training, and bridging connections between Black entrepreneurs and investors.

Our mission is more than business; it’s a heartfelt commitment to community. We strive to fill the economic gaps, increase the presence of Black-owned businesses in our regions, and pave relatable paths to success. Above all, we stand united against systemic racism and discrimination, working every day to build a world where everyone has a fair chance to thrive. Join us in this meaningful journey. Your support can make dreams come true.

A collage with different BIPOC Foundation photo events with a red background.

Our Purpose

 

Our Vision

To advance Economic Empowerment, Financial Inclusion, and Representation for all underestimated entrepreneurs Globally.

Our Mission

To strengthen a network of underestimated and underserved entrepreneurs and founders through capacity building and access to financial and non-financial resources that will encourage positive economic participation.

Our Values

To embody and cultivate Equity, Equality, Empathy, Education, and Inclusion

How We Help

Founders Education

At our organization, we warmly invite you to explore our diverse range of self-paced programs, available in person, online, or through a blend of both. Whether you’re just starting out or seeking advanced, tailored solutions, our curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs of businesses across Western Canada.

Support Network

Embarking on an entrepreneurial adventure? You’re not alone! Our dedicated team of experienced business mentors is here to guide you through every twist and turn. Covering over 40 areas of business expertise, we’re committed to walking beside you, offering trusted advice and methods to ensure your journey is a successful one.

Startup Services

At the heart of every great idea is a passionate founder eager to bring it to life. We understand that taking an idea to the next level can be challenging, and many dreams don’t see the light of day. That’s why we’re here with a supportive curriculum and tools to help you nurture your vision and grow it into a thriving reality.

Community Outreach

As the old African proverb goes, “It takes a community to raise a child.” The vision of economic inclusion and representation of BIPOC Canadians should be a collective effort. We are taking the lead in connecting our multicultural society with a range of stakeholders and resources.

Board

Clement Esene

Executive Director

Sinmi Adeoye

Co-founder

Wani Alali

Board Chair

Advisors

Richard
Kayangu

Desmond McKenzie

Charles
Nyabeze

Sam
Oboh

Careers

Our team is driven by purpose, efficiency, and quality. We are results-oriented, embrace the opportunity to innovate in volatile times, and take bold, intentional steps to find a way forward for underserved communities. We believe and uphold the principle that the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. If this sounds like a fit, please contact us to let us know how you may be able to work with the BIPOC Foundation core team. For volunteer opportunities, please fill out our Volunteer Expression of Interest Form.

Standards & Policies

Agendas

BIPOC Foundation is a registered non-profit based in Alberta, Canada. We are not affiliated with any political, religious, corporate, or other entities. Our partnerships and engagements are arm’s length collaborations that solely support shared interest in BIPOC Foundation’s mission.

Ethics

We strive to make our vision as accessible as possible to the BIPOC community. As we encourage and welcome all current and aspiring BIPOC entrepreneurs to consider participating, we promote responsible Environmental, Social & Governance practices throughout our programs.

 

Privacy

We document our activities for promotional and internal purposes. Participants in our programs may appear in photographs and audiovisual recordings.

We will use your contact information solely to manage and attend to your requests to us at your discretion.

Funding

We are supported by government, Corporate Social Responsibility sponsors, in-kind service providers, and donations. We do not charge participants for our offerings or keep equity in their businesses, and our offerings do not generate revenue. All funding goes towards essential operational costs of BIPOC Foundation programs.

Programs

Upon registering for our programs, participants agree to adhere to our Community Guidelines  and Code of Conduct, including to carry themselves in accordance with our values throughout BIPOC Foundation activities.

Publications

We highlight entrepreneurs to celebrate their BIPOC Foundation related success, promote their business opportunities that have resulted from our programs, demonstrate delivery on our mission, attract the next class of entrepreneurs, and set positive examples.

Our publications do not represent BIPOC Foundation concurrence with any organization or persons on any issue unless explicitly stated by BIPOC Foundation in connection with our mission.

Characterizations of BIPOC Foundation or uses of BIPOC Foundation indicia by third parties are unofficial unless otherwise stated by BIPOC Foundation.

 

Governing Law

BIPOC Foundation activities are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Alberta, and participating parties submit to the jurisdiction of courts of competent
jurisdiction in the Province of Alberta.