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 applications for the 2021 edition of the ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator are now closed! Your applications will be reviewed and a representative from YES Employment + Entrepreneurship will reach out to you in May 2021.

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. 

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. 

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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