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Thrive Lab for Women

Thrive Venture Fund for Women

We believe supporting women-led businesses who seek to create positive social outcomes will bring meaningful change and positive returns. We are equally committed to building a community of investment partners who share our ambition to increase access to investment capital for women changemakers. Working with like-minded partners, we will invest in women-led impact-driven companies with promising business models and support them in pursuing their growth.

Be the change

The Thrive Lab will provide $100 million in equity and equity-like investments to women-led businesses. These companies seek to make a social impact that is tied to the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as food security and responsible agriculture, health and well-being, education, reduced inequalities, and responsible consumption and production.

How the Lab works

As a collaborative Lab, we work with 25 co-investment partners who are responsible to source, pre-qualify and recommend women led business for us to invest in.

Working with these partners, every company we invest in will be well supported with capital, resources, and mentors, dedicated to help them grow and achieve their impact goals.

Our goal is to innovate, experiment, and adapt to expand the capital available in the marketplace for women-led businesses making a difference.

Who the Lab is for

  • Woman-led, impact-driven companies providing solutions to some of our most pressing social issues
  • Initial focus on businesses at their earliest stage of development who will achieve their objectives while generating a financial return
  • Companies who are actively raising capital and who are vetted and nominated by a BDC approved co-investment partner or funded through an investment contest

Connect with our investment partners

If you meet the Thrive Lab criteria, find one of our investment partners in your region.

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Driving social change, one business at a time

Through our Lab, we aim to support partners and clients with like-minded objectives

Collaboration

We invest with partners to increase our collective reach

Patience

We work with women-led entrepreneurs to help them achieve sustainable growth

Commitment

We see the big picture, and will continue to increase capital for businesses aiming to achieve a double bottom line

Let’s talk

Have you been pre-qualified by a partner not on our list?

Our team

Sévrine Labelle - Managing Director, Thrive Lab, BDC Capital
Sévrine Labelle

Managing Director

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Anne-Marie Christoffersen-Deb

Director

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Anna Ciprick

Analyst

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Latest news

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November 14, 2023

Showing women-led social impact businesses the money: BDC’s $100M Thrive Lab begins co-investing alongside 25 Canadian partners

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July 12, 2023

BDC’s one-of-a-kind $100M Thrive Lab launches first $35M co-investment phase with call for partners, aims to propel women-led social impact businesses

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