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Black Innovation Programs

Empowering the next wave of Black-owned tech startups


The Black Innovation Fellowship would not be possible without our partners' commitments. Thank you to these organizations and individuals for their unwavering support to strengthen Black entrepreneurship.

Inaugural Founding Partner & Program Founder

Isaac Olowolafe Jr.

Founder and General Partner, Dream Maker Ventures
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Inaugural Founding Partner

Dream Maker Ventures (DMV) is the investment arm of Dream Maker Corp. (DMC), a Toronto-based vertically integrated asset management firm founded in 2003. With divisions in real estate, development, property management, and insurance, DMC has a total of half a billion AUM. The DMV Diversity Fund is an early-stage fund that primarily invests in under-represented, diverse founders such as racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities and Indigenous entrepreneurs across North America.

Representing our Founding Partners & Supporters

Leslie J. Anderson

Global Head of Enterprise Technology, Employee Experience, BMO Financial Group
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Newton Asare

BIP Co-founding Partner & Venture Partner, Dream Maker Ventures
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Paulette Senior

President & CEO, Canadian Women's Foundation
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Shavonne Hasfal-Mcintosh

Diversity and Belonging Lead, Shopify
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Trailblazer Partners

Changemaker Partners

Visionary Partners

Allies & Advocates

BIF Champions

Want to learn how you can get involved?
Reach out to our partnerships team.

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