ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator

Each year, we look for 10 high-potential women-led start-ups from all sectors with a feasible idea or product who have what it takes to grow their business. 

The call for applications for the 2021 edition of the ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator is now open! Please apply here. The deadline has just been extended until Monday, April 26.

Learn more about the program by attending one of the weekly information sessions. Register today!


The ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator, which is part of the ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs program, features a variety of support and training over a 3-month period that culminates in a pitch competition.

Within this program you will have access to:  

Seasoned Business Advisors: A weekly one-hour meeting with a dedicated ELLEvate Business Coach and up to three hours with high-caliber legal and accounting experts.  

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.  

Awards 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 specialized workshops and events, you’ll connect with Quebec 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.  

Visibility: By saying YES to media opportunities, networking events, and the Demo Day, you will draw attention to your business. 

Program Criteria  

  • Be a dedicated founder or co-founder who identifies as a woman (said founder must also be the main participant for the program).*  
  • Start-up is at least 50% women-led.  
  • Have a feasible, creative and innovative process, product or solution 
  • Demonstrate the potential for their start-up to scale or grow.   
  • Contribute $100 towards a $1,000 prize that will be awarded to a single participant selected by the participants.  
  • Be driven, coachable, and collaborative. 
  • Be a Quebec resident.  
  • Be able to participate in English.   
  • Be over the age of 18. 
  • Be able to commit to the three-month program from June to August 2021. 
  • Read the ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator Application Questions.


Technical requirements: Have reliable access to a computer. 

*Diversity in backgrounds, thought, and lived experience will help create a stronger cohort. We encourage people of diverse backgrounds to apply (such as members of racialized or newcomer communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, or those with disabilities or special needs, among others), and to highlight this diversity in their application.

**Please note that the 2021 program will be primarily remote, with the potential for hybrid (in-person and online) activities depending on the COVID-19 restrictions. 
 
If you have any questions, please attend one of our weekly information sessions. Register today!



Past Participants:
Nezahat Ozlem Arat (CreatiVitae Lab)
Laura Blom (Oceanica Skincare)
Julie Guérard (Pūreprep)
Jaclyn Hearnden (Pill0)
Illandra Page (ListaLive)
Marlee Rabin ( Ocurent)
Aliyeh Rasoolizadeh (Triple F Group)
Florence So (Projet d’accord Inc.)
Marjolaine Tremblay (Deztination)
Julie Tzeng (Arshae)


The ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator is possible thanks to the support of our generous funders and partners.

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