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Teri Kirk - Fundingportal. Toronto, ON, CA

Teri Kirk

President & CEO | Fundingportal

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Founder & CEO at Fundingportal








Teri Kirk is Founder and CEO of The Funding Portal Inc. (Fundingportal) where she has overseen the growth of North America's leading platform for companies seeking improved access to funding, including government incentives, capital and financing markets.

Teri has 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, executive and entrepreneur. As Vice President, Business Development, Bell Canada, she led important national e-commerce initiatives with federal, provincial and municipal governments. As an entrepreneur, she has built and commercialized three ventures using e-business technologies to transform business processes related to law, insurance and, now, corporate financing.

Teri has been recognized as a top female entrepreneur and named one of the top 100 most influential people in the Capital by Hill Times. As Founder & CEO of Fundingportal, Teri was recognized as the CATA/ EY Sara Kirke Entrepreneur and Innovator for 2016 ( View the video here: Teri has held numerous business and community posts including Board of Directors, Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA); Economic Development Committee, Toronto Region Board of Trade; Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Public Policy, Queen’s University; Vice President, Canadian Club; Trustee, Ontario Science Centre; and Vice Chair, Health Services Appeal Board, Ontario. She is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx, and is often quoted in the media.

Teri holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master’s degree from Queen's University. She is a registered Exempt Market Dealer with the Ontario Securities Commission and pan-Canadian passport, and completed Partners, Directors and Senior Officers certification through Investment Funds Institute of Canada and related certifications through the Canadian Securities Institute.

Industry Expertise (3)

Business Services

VC and Private Equity

Financial Services

Areas of Expertise (6)

Public Policy

Venture Capital

Business Funding

Exempt Markets

Government Funding

Angel Investment

Accomplishments (2)

Top 100 most influential people in the Capital (professional)

Awarded by The Hill Times

2016 EY Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (professional)


At CATA's 31st Annual Leadership Awards Gala, Suzanne Gignac, Partner, EY, presented the RBC Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Teri Kirk, Founder and CEO of Fundingportal. The EY Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to an entrepreneur who has shown outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry.

Education (2)

Osgoode Hall Law School: Juris Doctor, Law 1982

Queen's University: Masters, Public Policy and Public Administration 1994

Affiliations (3)

  • Fundingportal
  • Private Capital Markets Association of Canada
  • Toronto Region Board of Trade

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Media Appearances (3)

Capital Markets Are Yielding to the Web

TEDx  online

Virtually every industry has yielded to the web, but will Capital Markets also succumb? Fundingportal Founder and CEO Teri Kirk takes the stage at TEDx in Toronto to argue that yes – capital markets are yielding in a big way. From crowdfunding to funding portals, digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way businesses access capital.

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2014 Summer Series on Funding

BNN  tv

Fundingportal CEO Teri Kirk participated in weekly interviews on BNN on funding news, trends and best practices. She also appeared as a judge on The Pitch

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Leadership Lab: Entrepreneurs need to hone their leadership skills too

Globe and Mail  print

Ms. Kirk is often quoted in the Globe and Mail as the go-to expert on business funding.

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Event Appearances (18)

Guest Judge on BNN's The Pitch

The Pitch  BNN


Weekly TV segment on funding - Summer 2012

BNN Business Day  BNN

Funding Panel

SociaLight  Toronto, Ontario


Biz Clinic: The Funding Portal

KPMG Biz Clinic  London, Ontario


Life Sciences Ontario – Entrepreneur’s Venture Capital Forum

Entrepreneur’s Venture Capital Forum  Toronto, Ontario


The Future of Government R&D Funding – Post Jenkins Report

Dollars and Sense  Ottawa, Ontario


Tapping into Canada's $24B Industrial Support Funding to Finance your Business

2nd Annual OCWA Technology Showcase  Mississauga, Ontario


Accessing Canada’s $16B public funding marketplace.

Boot-Tech  Toronto, Ontario


Lunch n' Learn with Teri Kirk

Innovation Guelph  Guelph, Ontario


The Funding Portal: Access to Industrial Incentives and Private Matching Funds

We-Tech Alliance  Windsor, Ontario


Economic Update and Market Trends

2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit  Toronto


TEDxDistilleryDistrictWomen 2015: Momentum

TEDx  Airship 37, Toronto


FinTech Disruptors

Digital Finance 2015  Vancouver, BC


Get Funded! Breakfast Seminar

Event hosted by Toronto Region Board of Trade  Toronto Region Board of Trade


Government Funding Panel



New sources of funding for your business

Agri Innovation Forum  Winnipeg, MB


OSC Dialogue 2016

OSC Dialogue 2016  Toronto Board of Trade


Regulators and Entrepreneurs: How We Work Together

OSC Dialogue 2016  Toronto Board of Trade


Sample Talks (1)

New Sources of Business Funding and New Ways to Get It

Identifying funding opportunities for your business can be a daunting task. This seminar will introduce you to Fundingportal – a new and exciting tool that seeks to make this task quick and easy. Fundingportal is North America's leading comprehensive service assisting businesses to secure government incentives and capital.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


0 to 15000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee