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You are a woman and you want to launch a business but do not know where to begin? Discover Fondatrices! Our mission is to give you all the keys to make your business project a reality and prove to you that YES, you have what it takes to succeed.
Fondatrices is an initiative from Startup Montreal created in 2018, with the objective of increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in Montreal. To achieve this, we have deployed a service offering for any woman with an interest in entrepreneurship and who wishes to be accompanied in the realization of her project.
Participate in our one-off activities! About once a month, Startup Montreal welcomes you with open arms for workshops, networking activities, friendly coaching with experts, conferences, and much more!
Rates: mostly free, with some exceptions
BOOSTcamp is a full-day event, held twice a year, that aims to inspire and facilitate your transition to action.
On the agenda:
Winter 2023 Cohort:
(Call for applications closed)
Fall 2023 Cohort:
(Call for applications open in May 2023)
Rate : 100$
Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 pm and Fridays 8:30 am-1:30 pm.
Cohort of 20 women with a business idea who have been selected following the application process.
Topics covered :
How do you select the participants of the Boost course?
Rate : 150$
Cohort of 10 women selected from the Boost cohort.
Topics covered :
How do you select the participants of the Lift course?
From the Boost cohort, 10 participants will be selected for the next phase of the program (the Lift course).
We select the projects that stand out the most for their progress during the Boost course as well as the progress of the entrepreneurs themselves (learning, progress made, leadership demonstrated).
At the end of the Lift course, a finalist will be awarded a $5,000 grant that will allow her to advance her project + 6 months of personalized support from a network of 350 high-level experts.
For the Boost course:
Question? If you are not sure of your eligibility, don’t be left alone with your doubts. You can discuss it with the program manager, Josée Desjardins
How to apply?
It’s very simple!
Complete the registration form and, if you wish, include a short video, no longer than 3 minutes.
The video should answer the following questions: Why do you want to start a business? Why would you like to be part of the Fondatrices cohort? Tell us about your idea.
Only 15% of the entrepreneurs in Montréal are women. Startup Montréal wants to change the statistics by supporting ambitious women in making their entrepreneurial dream a reality. The program is geared both to the development of human potential and the development of the idea into a business project.
This program is offered twice a year. For those who will not be able to apply to this cohort, see you at the next Fall 2023 edition.
If you have any further questions, please write to us at email@example.com
This program is offered twice a year. For those who will not be able to apply to this cohort, see you at the next edition, at the end of summer 2023.
If you have any further questions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to giving me the possibility of meeting experts from different disciplines, all of them highly relevant, the program allowed me to acquire the necessary competencies to create a business beyond a mere ambition. Thanks to the program, I was able to transform a bold concept into a viable startup.Chloe Lussier, Lowbirth Games, Winner of the 2020 cohort
The program gave me the momentum I needed to launch the project! I started with a simple idea and the pathway gave me the strategy to put everything in motion, ask myself the right questions and lead up to a startup. All this while giving me access to a vast network of entrepreneurs and experts who were enthusiastic and ready to assist me.Mona-Lisa Prosper, UPLFT, 2020 cohort
On Day 1, I submitted an idea I could barely put into words. By the end of the Boost course (Week 4), I had a value proposition and a network. Even though I wasn't in the Lift course. I used the calendar for my mini-objectives. Two months later, I had ended up developing a relevant business model that gave me access to an accelerator and several opportunities. My network grew on its own. All this thanks to the FoundHers program!Sandra Timma, PayRelax, 2020 cohort