Our impact

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

A concrete impact on women here

500 women

supported since 2017

  • 265 women chose the entrepreneurship stream;
    • 148 women graduated and received a certificate from Concordia University. They are either in business pre-startup, start-up or already operating;
    • 117 women are currently enrolled in the Entrepreneurship stream of the Let’s Start Up Program.
  • 117 women have chosen the Employment stream;
  • 24 women have received financial aid to pursue post-secondary education. The majority are single mothers;
  • 63 companies started.

In 2020, we supported more than 200 women towards financial independence 

  • 129 new women signed up for the program:  
    • 117 in entrepreneurship 
    • 12 have taken steps to return to the workforce 
  • 70 participants are followed by our entrepreneurship coach for the implementation of their business project
  • 6 women received financial aid for their post-secondary studies 
  • 450 hours of training 
  • 1151 hours of personalized support   
  • 14 companies launched 
  • 3 micro-loans 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.

95 %

feel equipped and ready to embark on their professional project.

100 %

say the program has had a positive impact on their lives and would recommend the program to other women.

97 %

have a better level of confidence in their skills.

  • 96 % claim that the program has given them the support they need to define their professional project.  
  • 100 % acquired new knowledge and developed their skills. 
  • 68 % have created a new network of contacts. 

One year after the end of the Let’s Start Up Program, its positive impact continues to be felt.

At the start of the program, 75% of women were earning less than $25,000 per year. 

After just one year,

45 %

are in better financial situation. 

92 %

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

79 %

still use concepts learned in the program. hard to make themselves felt. 

$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 over 500 women. This means that more than $2.5M has been invested in the future of women here.

Support women here today

Do you also want to help women take the path to financial independence? You are convinced that with help and support, women can achieve a transformative professional project that will ensure a better future for them and their children?

Be part of the solution!

” I felt exhausted, so I questioned my future. The program changed my life!  It allowed me to refocus on my needs and visualize where I wanted to go. I met women who gave me confidence and shared their knowledge to help me start my own business.


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream

“I am so grateful for the Lise Watier Foundation’s financial aid for studies. Thanks to this support, I have the tools I need to become professionally accomplished and to live again. I am proud of where am today and know that my children are too…and you can’t put a price on that.” 


Let's Start Up Program, Education stream

“Go ahead, believe in your dreams because anything is possible, really, ANYTHING! Never, at 60, would I have thought it was possible… But thanks to the Let’s Start Up program, I have come out of my shell; I now realize how much potential I have, and I know I will make it.


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream

Major donors

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National Bank
Fondation J.A. DeSève
Power Corporation of Canada
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