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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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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Fondation J.A. DeSève
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