The city of Brampton has invited a select group of Black entrepreneurs to join them for a roundtable discussion about the challenges of starting and growing a technology business in the region.

The city acknowledges that some communities face barriers in the innovation sector, especially Black entrepreneurs who are among the most underrepresented. These barriers make a challenging situation even more difficult, from fewer publicly recognized role models to accessing seed funding and critical networking for entrepreneurs to scale their startup businesses.

The recently launched Black Innovation Fellowship (BIF) program at Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus is providing one way that promising Black entrepreneurs can enter this highly lucrative area of entrepreneurship.

The Brampton roundtable discussion will bring together stakeholders from the city’s Black technology entrepreneur community, community groups, the City of Brampton and Ryerson to examine the challenges and opportunities Black entrepreneurs face in launching and scaling a technology startup in the region. This is all to explore whether a program like the Black Innovation Fellowship could also support entrepreneurs in Brampton.

This was invitation-only, but Bramptonist will report back if the program launches in Brampton.

Corrections: This article previously stated that the invitation was open to the public, but it was invitation-only and has been updated to reflect that.