Want to launch a business or bring your venture to the next level? Not sure where to start?
Through ELLEvate, YES provides actionable support to help more women participate in Quebec’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We provide the tools and resources needed for women to launch and grow their businesses successfully.
What ELLEvate offers
YES’s ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs program offers networking opportunities, speaker events, coaching, mentorships, workshops, and an annual Pre-Accelerator program. Together, we can broaden opportunities for women in entrepreneurship.
1. How do I know if ELLEvate is for me?
If you’re a woman living in Quebec, and you’re curious about becoming or developing as an entrepreneur (in any industry), you can learn new skills and find new opportunities with ELLEvate.
2. How can I get involved?
3. Do I have to be under 40 to participate in ELLEvate events?
No, ELLEvate is open to any woman over the age of 18. Diversity in background, thought, and lived experience is a strength. We encourage people of diverse backgrounds to participate in events and apply for the Pre-Accelerator (such as members of racialized or newcomer communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, or those with disabilities or special needs, among others).
4. What is the ELLEvate Pre-Accelerator?
Each year, we look for 10 women-led startups from any sector. If you have a feasible idea or product and think you have what it takes to grow your business, you can apply. The women selected for the Pre-Accelerator will receive intensive support and training over a 3-month period that culminates in a pitch competition with cash awards to help fuel the future of the most promising women-led startups in Quebec. For more information, or to view the criteria to apply, read more here or register for one of our weekly information sessions.
5. How can I connect with other women entrepreneurs and role models?
“SAP’s pillars of focus align strongly with YES’s work,
particularly when it comes to driving change in equity, diversity and inclusion in Quebec’s entrepreneurial landscape. We recognize the value of experimenting to ultimately lead to better solutions. We also recognize that you can’t build great solutions unless you bring diverse thinking around the table. Both as the Managing Director for SAP Labs Canada and as a Montreal-based female leader, I am very proud to be associated with YES.”
Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada
“One thing that really stood out for me was how interactive and personalized the program was, considering the fact that it was virtual.”
“Our weekly coaching sessions kept us accountable, and our Coaches planned and measured our progression through the program.
They posed thought-provoking questions and they offered seasoned advice, as well as a fresh perspective. We covered tough topics, like “what is your business’ why” and “what are your unique value propositions”.”
Sign up to get business support through ELLEvate
Need business advice?
Let’s transform your vision into reality! Get in touch to find out more.
Call 514.878.9788 ext. 316 or email Mariana Stabile, Entrepreneurship Program Administrator, at [email protected]
If chosen for the Pre-Accelerator, you will have access to:
Seasoned Business Advisors
Awards and Funding
A Community Peer Network
A Pre-Accelerator Success Story
Julie Tzeng is the Founder of Arshae, a footwear startup that is redesigning the lifecycle of shoes. Julie emerged as the big winner of our ELLEvate Pre-Accelerator for Women demo day in 2020, taking home the top award of $10,000.
Julie says “Entrepreneurship is a huge rollercoaster. ELLEvate really helped support me through the amazing cohort of peers, business coaches and mentors. We celebrated wins and problem-solved through challenges together. When I think of my award, I think of the people who walked every step of the way with me to demo day and beyond. It’s also the first award I’ve won for Arshae and it’s extremely validating”.