FIFTH WAVE LABS: COHORT 4 APPLICATION

Thank you for your interest in the Fifth Wave Initiative!
As Canada’s first feminist business accelerator, a women-led team of mentors,  entrepreneurs, facilitators and experts, have designed Fifth Wave Labs for woman-owned enterprises in the digital space and will help guide the four-month journey.

CFC Media Lab is committed to supporting diverse women/womxn entrepreneurs within  the Digital Media industry, and we recognize that increasing the diversity of our community supports this  objective. With that aim, 50% of the companies accepted into Cohort 4 of Fifth Wave Labs will be owned/led by women self-identifying as Black, Indigenous, racialized or within underrepresented groups or communities. (ie. LGBTQ2S+, neurodiversity, women with disabilities of any kind, newcomers to Canada, women in rural or remote regions, women from Official Language Minority Communities, etc.)


Applications for Cohort 4 are open now until Sunday, February 13 @ 11:59pm EST.

Participant selection for Fifth Wave Labs begin with the following application. 
Please read the below information thoroughly before proceeding to page 2. 

While we understand that some of these questions were also asked on the initial Fifth Wave Connect application, we appreciate your cooperation to ensure we have the most recent, and up to date information about your enterprise for consideration.


PLEASE NOTE:
  • To qualify for the accelerator program, founders must first be a member of Fifth Wave Connect, the prerequisite program. Fifth Wave Connect companies are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. 
  • To apply for Fifth Wave Connect, please complete and submit this application form.

  • The accelerator program accepts up to 10 companies pre cohort
  • Due to volume, incomplete or non-submitted applications will not be reviewed
  • Founders shortlisted for the accelerator program will be required to present their company virtually or submit a video presentation, and participate in a live (virtual) Q&A session. Shortlisted founders must present and participate in the live Q&A to be considered for the cohort.
  • Each cohort of Fifth Wave Labs will be announced on our website

  • Fifth Wave Labs for Cohort 4 will primarily take place online on a virtual platform
    (ie. Zoom or similar). At this time, in-person programming cannot be confirmed.
  • Labs will take place between 1pm - 6pm EST on the dates provided below. Dates and times may be subject to change.
  • While we are sensitive to emergencies and family obligations, if selected for the cohort, participating founders MUST be in attendance for ALL synchronous AND asynchronous programming scheduled.
Lab Schedule
IMPORTANT DATES
  • Lab Applications Close: Sunday, February 13, 2022 @ 11:59pm EST

  • Shortlisted Applicant Live Interviews: Thursday, March 3 - Friday, March 4, 2022
  • Cohort Announced: End of March 2022

  • Lab Session #1: Wednesday, April 12 - Friday, April 14, 2022
  • Lab Session #2: Wednesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 12, 2022
  • Lab Session #3: Wednesday, June 8 - Thursday, June 9, 2022
  • Lab Session #4: Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8, 2022
Please note that accepted cohort participants MUST plan to be present for ALL dates listed above in order to qualify for consideration. Dates may be subject to change. 

Application
IMPORTANT APPLICATION NOTES
  • All fields marked with an asterisks (*) are required
  • Applications will remain editable until submitted, therefore there is no need to start over if you do not complete the application all at once

  • You must click the 'CONFIRM' button on the final 'application review page' of the form to send your application through for consideration

  • If you DO NOT receive a confirmation email after submission, or you are having trouble submitting due to invalid error messages, please email info@fifthwave.ca to confirm receipt

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED IN THIS APPLICATION
  • Latest company presentation or pitch deck with additional information about your company, business model, and products/services. This should visually reflect the company's brand. 
  • Acceptable file types include: PDF, Powerpoint & Keynote
    (please limit files to 15MB)
Policies

ACCESSIBILITY & PRIVACY


Accessibility Policy

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation during the application process or any stage of participation in the Program or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodation, please access our Accessibility Policy here or contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at dfallows@cfccreates.com. This ensures that the appropriate accommodation are in place before you begin your Program.


Privacy Policy

CFC will collect your personal information; to allow us to contact you, for statutory and identification purposes, and as part of our selection process only. Your personal information will be kept in a secure location and access to this information is restricted to persons who require it to fulfill the above functions.  If you require further information please access our Privacy Policy here



Questions? Please write the CFC Media Lab team at info@fifthwave.ca.

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Company Info



PLEASE NOTE: Fifth Wave Lab applicants must be accepted and onboarded into the Connect program BEFORE proceeding with this application. If you have not done so already, please apply for Fifth Wave Connect here.


Founder Info

APPLICANT INFORMATION




she/her, they/them, etc.

ie. Founder, Owner, Director, Manager, etc.


SELF IDENTIFICATION

The Fifth Wave Initiative is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring representation in its community of women (including trans and queer identified women entrepreneurs). We encourage applications from founders who identify as a person of colour, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We appreciate your cooperation in self identifying again as members of any of these underserved communities, if applicable.

If you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can improve our request for self-identification, please email info@fifthwave.ca.





APPLICANT #2 INFORMATION




she/her, they/them, etc.

ie. Founder, Owner, Director, Manager, etc.



please provide full URL / profile link

SELF IDENTIFICATION







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Business Model

PRODUCT/SERVICE & CUSTOMERS



300 words max


300 word max

Provide full URL, including http:// or https://


BUSINESS-TO-CONSUMER (B2C)
numerical response required

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS (B2B)
numerical response required

Cashflow

EXPENDITURES & REVENUE








Funding

FINANCING & INVESTORS


numerical response required


EXAMPLE: 1) $1,000 Canada Media Fund / 2) $2,000 Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit

EXAMPLE 1) $12,000 CAD Emergency Business Account / 2) $27,000 Business Development Bank of CAD

EXAMPLE: 1) $6,000 Angel Investor / 2) $10,000 Venture Capitalist (Marigold Capital) 

EXAMPLE: 1) $1,000 Financier / 2) $1,000 Financier 

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Company Insights & Program Expectations

COMPANY OVERVIEW & EXPECTATIONS


150 words max

300 words max

300 words max

300 words max

300 words max

200 words max
Commitments



If you prefer to speak to someone directly about your accessibility needs, please make a note in your
response and someone from the Media Lab  team will give you a call.

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Company Presentation

ATTACHMENTS


Acceptable file types include: PDF, Powerpoint & Keynote - please limit files to 15MB

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION!


Questions? Please email the CFC Media Lab team at info@fifthwave.ca.