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About Blueprint

Blueprint: Backing BIPOC Businesses™ is a mentorship and grant program designed to support the advancement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) business owners across Canada.

For a second year, 100 business owners will be selected to take part in a comprehensive mentorship program designed to provide the tools, resources and community to help BIPOC entrepreneurs thrive - plus, participants get a $10,000 CAD grant to help take their business to the next level.

Blueprint is powered by the DMZ, in consultation with BIPOC-focused community organizations across Canada. The Blueprint mentorship program is made possible by a grant from the American Express Foundation. Additionally, American Express Canada is contributing $1,000,000 in grants to be disbursed to the 100 selected participants.

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Blueprint participants get access to

  • A 15-week curated mentorship and training program, delivered virtually, by subject matter experts and mentors
  • Tailored programing to help participants with industry-specific challenges and offer tailored insights on proven strategies for success in their sectors
  • A community network of Blueprint participants from across Canada connected through small group training and social events
  • Online resources and learning materials designed to support the BIPOC small business community
  • A $10,000 grant to help unlock the next stage of their business growth

How it works

1

CHECK ELIGIBILITY

Check the FAQs to make sure your business is eligible

2

APPLICATION PERIOD

Submit your application by July 26th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

3

APPLICATION REVIEW

Program applications under review.

4

GRANTS AWARDED

Selected participants will receive a grant letter by August 16th, 2022.

5

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM STARTS

Mentorship program begins August 30th 2022 and runs until December 9th, 2022.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Blueprint, an applicant must:

  • Identify as a member of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) community
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent resident of Canada, or Hold Current and Valid Authorization under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be a founder, owner, or hold a senior position within a privately held, for-profit company, where the company is at least 50% owned by BIPOC owners or founders
  • Have a business incorporated in Canada, where the business is primarily operated and managed in Canada, with a maximum of $500,000 CAD in annual revenue
  • Your business must be currently active in the Canadian market or have been previously active in the Canadian market (i.e. made sales and/or have an existing customer base
  • Speak English or French fluently
  • 2021 selected Blueprint participants are not eligible to re-apply to the program in 2022

For more information on eligibility, including excluded industries, and the selection process, please refer to the FAQ.

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Community

Blueprint: Backing BIPOC Businesses is powered by the DMZ with programming developed in consultation with BIPOC-focused community and business organizations across Canada.

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