Our impact

At the Lise Watier Foundation, measuring our impact on the women we help is essential.

A concrete impact on local women

We have helped 1 075 women since the launch of the Let’s Start Up program in 2017.

  • 1 075 women trained and supported, confident in their abilities and their professional future
  • 155 businesses launched or propelled.
  • 54 women have received or are receiving financial aid to pursue post-secondary education.
  • A total of $669,000 has been allocated in student financial aid since the program was launched.

Since the launch of the Let’s Start Up program in 2017…


business launched.


hours of training.


hours of personalized support.


microloans offered to support the start-up.

Data updated in November 2023.

IN 2022-2023
we supported 281 women towards financial independence 

  • 184 women completed the entrepreneurial skills development program
    • 154 of them continued with entrepreneurship training
  • 74 women are followed by our entrepreneurial coach for the implementation of their business project AND/OR by the professional development expert for the return to employment
  • 23 women received financial aid for post-secondary studies 
  • 916 hours of training 
  • 1 527 hours of personalized support   
  • 17 companies launched 
  • 3 microloans in progress to support the start-up


At the end of the program,
the women are convinced they have the capacities and they are fully involved in their professional project.

99 %

would recommend the program to other women.

98 %

say the program has had a positive impact on their lives.

97 %

acquired new knowledge and developed their skills. 

  • 97 % claim that the program has given them the support they need to define their professional project.  
  • 96 % have a better level of confidence in their skills.
  • 94 % feel equipped and ready to embark on their professional project.
  • 89 % have created a new network of contacts. 

One year after graduating from the Let’s Start Up Program,
the women continue to feel its positive impact.

95 %

say the program is still having a positive impact in their life.

82 %

are still using concepts learned in the program.

Read the testimonials of women supported by the Foundation

$5,000 is all it takes to help a woman on her professional journey towards financial independence. Since 2017, the Lise Watier Foundation has supported more than 950 women. This means that more than $4,75 M has been invested in the future of local women.


Graduate of the Let’s Start Up Program

The Lise Watier Foundation offers the Let’s Start Up program in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, the Laurentians and Montérégie. More than 200 women a year are committed to taking action through the Let’s Start Up program. They graduate with a better understanding of their strengths and skills, as well as the knowledge and tools to implement their professional project. Women thus begin a new journey towards financial independence through entrepreneurship, a return to school or a more fulfilling job.

Major donors

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