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Ownr Career Launcher for Creative Entrepreneurs



The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to partner with Ownr to create an exclusive opportunity for OCAD U students and recent alumni that will provide seed funding to help launch a business through the Ownr Career Launcher for Creative Entrepreneurs

We are dedicated to supporting creative enterprises and all the possible forms they can take. Perhaps you’re a freelancer taking on clients, a studio artist looking to sell your work, a group forming a collective or agency, looking to commercialize a thesis project, or building a proof-of-concept product that will validate an idea, this opportunity is for you! 

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the chance to pitch your idea and you could receive up to $4,000 to help launch your business. Please note, this is a multi-stage application process. Please view the timeline below for more details.

There will be a virtual info session on Dec. 9, 2020 at 11am ESTRSVP for Info Session


OCAD U and Ownr are committed to promoting access to this opportunity for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented as creative entrepreneurs. We encourage applications from individuals of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, women and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions.  Applicants are invited to voluntarily self-identify with any of these communities in their application.


Expression of Interest Deadline – Dec. 19, 2020
Long-listed individuals are invited to develop a plan – January 2021
Finalists will be selected to prepare a pitch – February 2021
Pitch Competition takes place and winners announced – March 2021

Note: There will be workshops to guide you at each stage and the ability to book one-on-one sessions for additional support.


Ownr simplifies the process of registering or incorporating a business and makes it easy, accessible, and affordable. By combining technology, seamless customer service, and the resources business owners need, Ownr enables entrepreneurs to start, manage, and grow their business. Ownr has helped over 25,000 Canadians launch their dreams since 2017. Ownr is operated by RBC Ventures Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. 




Homestead Ceramic
Tied for FirstPlace - $4000
Criticism and Curatorial Practice, 2019

LOUD army SOUND app
Tied for FirstPlace - $4000
Kimani Peter,Jasmine Jakhu, Alex Gagliano, Rhandy Adolphe, and Jevon McCarthy-Hyde
Digital Futures, 2019

Nora’s Bakery
Third Place -$2000
Nora Bahgat
Graphic Design 2019

The Habit Factory
Fourth Place -$1000
Anna Peng &Mikayla Koo
Industrial Design 2020

First Place

Homestead Ceramic makes decorative and functional ceramics inspired by Southern African heritage.

First Place

LOUD army’s SOUND app gives artists access to an unlimited number of beats for only $9/month.

Third Place

Nora's Bakery specializes in halal custom cookies, cupcakes, cakes and more.

Fourth Place

The Habit Factory empowers the upcoming generation of creatives through community-centred online workshops.

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