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The Let’s Start Up Program

To reveal, activate and develop our professional potential.

And it’s free!


Participants of the Let's Start Up Program

A professional development program

The Lise Watier Foundation offers the Let’s Start Up Program to women who are looking to achieve a professional project related to entrepreneurship, the pursuit of post-secondary education or the search for a more fulfilling job.

The first few weeks of training focus on entrepreneurial values and attitudes

Women develop their entrepreneurial skills, such as autonomy, creativity, leadership, etc. The development of these skills is not only beneficial for those who wish to start their own business, but are also essential in the context of employability. Besides, the workshops and meetings also allow women to discover their possibilities and then develop their confidence and capacity for action.

Then, women are then asked to choose a career path

a business

Training and coaching to give women the tools to start a business. Once the program is completed, it is possible to apply for a microloan.

Find a
better job

Individual coaching or referral to the best resources in employability, based on the strengths and skills worked on in the first stage of the program.


Financial aid to support women in their return to post-secondary education (DEP, college or university) and to help them obtain a diploma in a reasonable time.

The Let’s Start Up Program

An accessible and free program

The program is offered in French and English. It is currently offered in five regions of Quebec: Montreal, Quebec City, Laurentians and Montérégie. It is also offered in Toronto. Cohorts generally start twice a year.

A certified
by Concordia University

The first step of the Let’s Start Up program is certified by Concordia University Continuing Education. The University also certifies the Entrepreneurship stream, giving women who have chosen this stream a Certificate of Professional Development at a graduation ceremony at Concordia University.

Let’s Start Up

The Let’s Start Up Program is also a chance to be part of a dynamic community of women who share the same desire to take action. Specific training is offered by experts in the field of business and entrepreneurship.

At the end of the program…  

  • The women have a better understanding of their strengths and skills   
  • They have the knowledge and tools necessary to implement their professional project   
  • They have made stimulating and rewarding encounters   

Duration and involvement

Involvement :

  • 3 h of workshops / week
  • 3 h of preparation / week

Duration : 12 to 18 weeks   I    Schedule : Day (in person)

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Do you want to help women take the path to financial independence? Are you 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 I am today and I 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

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