Chantal Bernatchez from Iso-Protek wins the 2021 FoundHers grant

Chantal Bernatchez from Iso-Protek wins the 2021 FoundHers grant

by Startup Montréal
12 July 2021

On Friday, July 9, 2021, the 3rd edition of the FoundHers program by Montreal inc. ended in beauty and emotion.

The 10 entrepreneurs of the Lift cohort, after 12 intensive weeks, presented their project and their dazzling progress to the entrepreneurial community.


Following the jury deliberations, Chantal Bernatchez of Iso-Protek received the pre-start grant of $5,000, as well as 6 months of free support.

The project: Give a second life to thermal container covers to insulate, transport and protect your products and your installations from climatic variations in an eco-responsible manner. Thanks to the circular economy, it promotes access to reusable thermal bags at a lower cost and with a low carbon footprint for the delivery of ready-to-cook or eat-in meals.


My Little Flower Girl

Genevieve Samson of My Little Flower Girl was awarded the prix coup de coeur from the audience.

The project: My Little Flower Girl is an online store offering a dream experience to future brides looking for formal dresses and accessories for the young girls in their procession.

My Little Flower Girl

Congratulations to the 10 entrepreneurs of the Lift cohort:

Thanks to the members of the jury:

The end of this entrepreneurial adventure continued face-to-face, where entrepreneurs from previous and current editions, as well as their coaches, (finally) met!

« As this third edition of the FoundHers program comes to an end, we are once again seeing the importance of this program in giving wings to women entrepreneurs in Montreal. With each edition, we are expanding our Mtl inc. family, and the thirty women founders from previous years continue to get involved with the new cohorts. It is truly a virtuous circle that we have put in place thanks to the partners, coaches, colleagues and all the FoundHers. »

Liette Lamonde, Executive Director, Mtl inc.

Mtl inc. would like to thank its main financial partner BMO, without whom the FoundHers program would not be possible. In addition, the organization wishes to thank its collaborating partners – BDC, Explorance, Ubisoft and Canada Economic Development (CED) – as well as the dozen service partners who contribute to the success of this program: BCF ImagineDistrict 3, L’EsplanadeFemmessorFuturpreneurJeune Chambre de Commerce de MontréalLe WagonLOJIQPME MTL,  UluleInstitut de développement de produits.

To learn more about the program and the women who were part of this third cohort, visit the program’s website: www.montrealinc.ca/en/foundhers/

To be kept informed of the call for applications for the 4th edition in 2022, you can fill out this interest form.

For more information, please contact:
France Gosselin, coordinator of the FoundHers program