*NEW* ELLEvate Pre-Accelerator for Women

We’re looking for ten high-potential women-led start-ups from all sectors with a feasible idea or product who have what it takes to scale their business. 

Interested applicants must: 
  • Have a women-led early start-up  
  • Have a feasible and innovative process, product or solution. 
  • Be driven, coachable and collaborative. 
  • Be a dedicated full-time founder or co-founder who identifies as a woman (said founder must also be the main participant for the program). In addition, the start-up should be at least 50% women-led.  
  • Be willing to commit to the three-month program and use the program’s dedicated co-working space. 
  • Demonstrate the potential for their start-up to grow and scale. 
  • Contribute $100 towards a $1,000 prize that will be awarded to a single participant selected by the participants. 
  • Be a Quebec resident. 
  • Be able to participate in English.  
*We encourage people of diverse backgrounds to apply (such as people of colour, aboriginal people, persons living with disabilities, members of the LGBTQAI+ communities, and other cultural communities) and to take this opportunity to highlight diversity in their application.  

If you have any questions or are unsure if you meet above criteria, email Jessica Knapp, ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs, Project Manager.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION for the ELLEvate Pre-Accelerator for Women

The call for application is open until April 30, 2020. For this application you are asked to share a video sharing why you started your business (up to 3 minutes) AND a written statement (up to 1,000 words) describing your idea or your business, including the problem and your innovative or creative approach to the solution, how you are currently funding or plan to fund your business, the long-term vision of your business, and the other details you'd like to share about your business, team, or yourself. 
What do you get? 
Need Advisors? Connections? Funding? Community? Here’s what we offer and how we can help: 
Seasoned Business Advisors: A weekly one-hour meeting with a dedicated ELLEvate Business Coach and three hours with high-caliber investment, legal and accounting experts within the program. 
Exclusive Programming: 10 Weekly tailored workshops (three hours on average) on customer discovery, product market fit, marketing strategies and more, facilitated by a business coach, industry experts and influential entrepreneurs. 
Cash Prize and Funding: Selected program participants will have the opportunity to connect with a curated list of investors and pitch for prizes in the amount of $10,000, $7,500 and $2,500. One participant will also be awarded a $1,000 prize, selected by participants from their group.  
Community and Peer Network: Through our upcoming speaker series, workshops and events, you’ll connect with Montreal’s founders and entrepreneurs. Immerse yourself in a dedicated and tight-knit community comprised of peers, investors, advisors, partners and alum at our socials and networking sessions. 
Dedicated Workspace: Vibrant workspace for three months alongside nine other handpicked, driven women-led start-ups in a collaborative community – located in the core of Montreal, one of the largest start-up ecosystems in Canada. You’ll learn from founders solving similar problems and connect with other entrepreneurs.  
Visibility: Gain visibility for your business through media opportunities, networking events, and the Demo Day. 

Wondering if the ELLEvate Pre-Accelerator is the next step for your business? Attend the free ELLEvate Pre-Accelerator Information Session to learn about:

1) Meeting eligibility criteria and deadlines
2) Completing the Pre-Accelerator application

Speaker: Jessica Knapp, ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Project Manager

Please note that this workshop is available as an online, live streaming webinar only. Limited spaces are available.

Dates available (click on the date to register): 

Tuesday, April 6 // 4:00PM-5:00PM
Monday, April 14 // 2:00PM-3:00PM
Wednesday, April 22 // 6:00PM-7:00PM
Tuesday, April 27 // 3:30PM- 4:30PM