ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Meet Compass North


Compass North is a Kingston-based five-month accelerator program for women entrepreneurs operating a technology-based business in the Belleville-Kingston-Brockville region. Ignited by Queen's University and L-SPARK, the program features high-touch mentoring, tactical workshops and a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs who 'get it'. This program is designed to help you grow your company with hustle and heart.



Program Eligibility


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Companies whose operations are based in the Belleville-Kingston-Brockville region
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Are advancing science-based, technology (hardware)-based, or software-based solutions
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Are led by and-or co-founded by women entrepreneurs, who are in the role of CEO (ideal), or founders/co-founders who are in a C-level position
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Are in a position of currently generating revenue and/or have a customer base
MENTORSHIP + TACTICAL SUPPORT

Compass North Mentors + Advisors


Every founder that joins Compass North is paired with an embedded mentor, two and a half days per month (one day onsite and three half days virtually), for the duration of the program.

Compass North also calls upon a community of incredible advisors for tactical workshops and strategic training on a wide range of topics.

Mentors

Jane Baird

Marketing & Communications
Baird Communications


Barbara Cain

Former VP
IBM + Cognos


Jennifer Francis

Chair, Board of Directors
Capital Angel Network


Robin McIntyre

Managing Director
ConsultOne Services Inc.


Kathy Moore

Senior Sales Account Executive
OpenText


Mary O’Neill

VP Security
Nokia Software


Judith Pineault

Quality Specialist
Judith Pineault Consulting


Peng Sang Cau

President & CEO
Transformix Engineering Inc.


Anne Vivian-Scott

President & CEO
Kinarm


Advisors

Thusha Agampodi

Building Technical Teams


Jim Banting

IP, Business Development


Erin Blaskie

Inbound + Social


Snita Balsara

Pitching & Funding


Karla Briones

Entrepreneurship for Newcomers


Sarah Daniele

CEO Peer Support


Jodi Echakowitz

Public Relations


Joanne Fedeyko

Cross-Border Connections


Naomi Haile

Community + Podcasting


Marco Janeczek

Business Development


Chivon John

Wellness + Balance


Leo Lax

Fundraising


Angela Lyon

Intellectual Property Protection


Reba MacDonald

Banking + Finance


Janice Mady

Partnerships + Innovation


Samukele Ncube

Community + Digital Marketing


Kerry Ramsay

Digital Communities


Stef Reid

Creative + Content


Mallory Rowan

Marketing + Brand Strategy


Elza Seregelyi

Social Impact


Danielle Smith

Growth + Partnerships


Patrick White

Government Funding


Program Timeline

  • February 2020Applications Open

    Compass North will open applications for its first cohort in February of 2020 and begin meeting with women technology entrepreneurs in the Kingston, Brockville and Belleville regions.
  • February 2020Kick-Off Event

    Compass North will host a kick-off event in Kingston, which will feature a keynote speaker, a panel of experts and a networking opportunity for women entrepreneurs.
  • March 2020Applications Close

    Applications will close on March 20, 2020. The Compass North team will then shortlist applicants to pitch at a selection event.
  • April 2020Bootcamp

    Shortlisted companies will then work with the Compass North team of mentors to prepare their pitch for the selection event.
  • April 2020Selection Day

    On April 15, 2020, shortlisted candidates will pitch to a room of judges for a spot in the accelerator. Successful candidates will be notified if they have made it into the program shortly after selection. Judges will be looking for companies who are solving innovative problems, have an MVP or a product in market and who are ready to grow.
  • April - October 2020Program in Session

    Once the cohort is selected, the Compass North team matches each founder to a mentor. That mentor will then work with the company two and a half days per month (one day onsite and three half days virtually) beginning April 20, 2020 to create a custom plan and help drive the company toward goals and objectives. Throughout the program there will also be webinars and training opportunities on specific topics, potential investor pitch sessions and networking events.
  • October 2020Demo Day

    The program culminates in a demo day where each founder in the cohort will pitch to a room of investors, potential customers and the community.
STARTUP PERKS

Exclusive Access to Partners


Compass North portfolio companies gain access to an exclusive Startup Perks program. The program provides companies with access to cloud credits, discounts on services, discounted merchant fees, access to support and more. Here are just a few of the partners you'll gain access to:

About the Program

Support for Compass North


We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Nous reconncaissons l’appui du governement du Canada à travers l’Agence fédèrale de développementéconomique pour le Sud de l’Ontario.

Queen’s University is receiving federal funding from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, which helps to address gaps and build capacity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women. The mission for the Queen’s project, called WE-CAN, is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures. As a partner in the WE-CAN project, L-SPARK is collaborating with Queen’s to design and deliver Compass North.

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