Structure and Training

A three-phase approach

Phase 1: Review of skillset

Global assessment of the participants’ situation

3 to 5-week period

6 TRAININGS TO BE COMPLETED ON THE WEB-BASED PLATFORM
  • Training 1 – Building a self-portrait
    This training module enables women to analyze all aspects of their lives and form a comprehensive overview of their current situation.
  • Training 2 – Managing the unexpected
    This training module teaches participants to analyze their emotional needs, to understand the concept of resilience, and to develop the coping skills needed to overcome any obstacles that might impact their action plans or their lives.
  • Training 3 – Financial education
    This training module covers the financial skills needed to function well in daily life. It covers essential skills such as managing a personal budget, using credit, establishing a savings plan, and dealing with debt.
  • Training 4 – Creating a financial snapshot
    This training module deals with how to develop a clear and simple financial snapshot that can be used to set financial goals leading to long-term financial autonomy.
  • Training 5 – Developing an action plan
    This training module helps participants discover their creative potential as well as explore and visualize potential entrepreneurial, academic, or professional projects.
  • Training 6 – Building an action plan
    This training module is focused on how to develop a concrete, constructive and realistic action plan for the future.

Development of an action plan with the guidance of a program advisor

Phase 2: Implementation of the action plan

Learning and reinforcement of capabilities

12 to 14-week period

Psychometric testing

The world-renowned Success Finder is a psychometric test that predicts both job satisfaction and job success. It helps people discover their natural strengths and target roles that will enable them to reach their full potential. This tool has a very positive effect on self-esteem. 

Access to the web portal of

The Optimum Talent career portal offers essential tips and guidance on how to reintegrate the job market. 

On-site group sessions
  • Course 1 – Business model: idea validation
    In this workshop, participants are asked to reflect on and discuss possible business ideas and opportunities, and to identify the basic elements of a business project. It is a first look at the research and work required for the development of a business plan.
  • Course 2 – Project description
    In this workshop, participants learn how to write a complete and effective description of their product or service. They are also provided with tools that will be valuable in the process of developing their business plan.
  • Course 3 – Market study
    In this workshop, participants learn how to analyze and define the competition. They also learn how to identify marketing strategies which will be appropriate for their particular venture.
  • Course 4 – Marketing
    In this workshop, participants learn how to successfully present their business as well as their services and/or products to potential partners, investors, or clients.
  • Course 5 – Operational plan
    In this workshop, participants learn about all the costs associated with the production of their product or service. They also learn how to calculate startup costs, production costs and the breakeven point.
  • Course 6 – Financial plan
    In this workshop, participants learn basic accounting principles, which in turn will allow them to begin evaluating the startup costs and creating a realistic financial plan for their particular business ideas.

INDIVIDUAL COACHING

Participants receive individual coaching to determine project viability and to go through the process of writing their business plan. This support is essential to ensuring a successful outcome. 

 

Obtaining a certificate

Psychometric testing

The world-renowned Success Finder is a psychometric test that predicts both job satisfaction and job success. It helps people discover their natural strengths and target roles that will enable them to reach their full potential. This tool has a very positive effect on self-esteem. 

Access to the web portal of

The Optimum Talent career portal offers essential tips and guidance on how to reintegrate the job market. 

Online training

INDIVIDUAL COACHING

Access to professional advising and orientation services and support in preparing for job interviews when necessary 

Obtaining a certificate

Phase 3: Building a support network 

Joining the Let’s Start Up community 

  • Course 7 – Social media
    In this workshop, participants learn how to make good use of social media and are provided with an overview of the most popular online platforms for entrepreneurs.
  • Course 8 – Customer service
    In this workshop, participants learn techniques to generate customer loyalty and learn how to recognize and avoid certain customer service errors.
  • Course 9 – Business management
    Managing a business requires a big investment of time and energy. In this workshop, participants will learn how to establish and maintain effective business management practices.

Individual coaching by an expert in entrepreneurship 

Phase 3: Building a support network

Joining the Let’s Start Up community 
Individual coaching