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Consolidate your skills and redesign your entrepreneurial future!

 

Recharge is an initiative for women entrepreneurs that favours personalized and customized support. Take part in the cohort, which includes group activities that promote mutual support and collaboration. Take advantage of expertise, advice, contacts and energy.

Useful Information

Support period

5 months, from March 24 to September 8, 2022

Number of places available

10

Price

$250

Language of the services

French

Deadline to apply

February 27, 2022, at 11:59 pm

Date of public announcement

March 24, 2022

The initiative

Who is this initiative for?

Ambitious Montréal women entrepreneurs over the age of 18, who have had a business in operation for 2 to 5 years, who are motivated by the need for support to propel their business and who are facing challenges:

 

Criteria

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  • Be a woman entrepreneur in operation for 2 to 5 years.

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  • To be a majority founder or minority co-founder with decision-making authority.

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  • Be over 18 years old.

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  • Have an innovative business project that demonstrates strong growth potential.

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  • Have a company located in Montréal.

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  • Be motivated and committed to meetings designed to meet your individual needs and group activity dates.

Support

The initiative will give you access to these activities:

For those who have a steering committee and/or co-founder(s): their participation will be permitted, and even strongly recommended, especially in activities requiring strategic reflection/decisions. However, more specific activities, such as Peer2Peer, will be reserved for founding members.

Submit your application

before February 27, 23:59

Fill the form

FAQ

The initiative

Why this initiative?

The initiative came following the City of Montréal’s call for projects “Agir pour l’entrepreneuriat” (Acting for Entrepreneurship), Women Entrepreneurs, as part of the economic recovery. Women entrepreneurs have been particularly hit hard by the crisis (22.3% of women-owned businesses surveyed do not expect to recover from the crisis). Its objective is to support women entrepreneurs in the growth and consolidation of their businesses in Montréal.

With its network of more than 450 volunteer coaches and 1000 alumni and partners, its 25 years of experience in coaching women entrepreneurs and its most recent initiative, FoundHers, aimed at women entrepreneurs in the ideation phase, Mtl inc. has the resources to support women entrepreneurs who have been impacted by the situation of the past months.

Criteria

Who can apply to this initiative?

Women entrepreneurs who identify as female and/or non-binary who are either experiencing a decline in sales (e.g. need to redefine/adjust their business model) or experiencing significant growth in their business (e.g. need to adapt their organizational structure) and who meet the following criteria:

  • Be a woman entrepreneur in operation for 2 to 5 years.
  • Be a majority founder or minority co-founder with decision-making power.
  • Be over 18 years old.
  • Have an innovative business project that demonstrates strong growth potential.
  • Have a business located in Montréal.
  • Be motivated and committed to the meetings designed to meet your individual needs and the dates of the group activities.

 

What are the exclusion criteria?

  • Non-profit projects
  • Projects of a sexual, religious or political nature
  • Illegal or recreational drug projects (therapeutic drug projects are considered)
  • Bar projects
  • Self-employed people
  • Projects whose main activities are outside the territory covered by Mtl inc.
  • Projects at the ideation stage

 

Does my business qualify?

If you are not sure if your project is innovative or meets the required profile, do not remain alone with your doubts, contact us to talk about it! You can discuss it with the project manager, Josée Desjardins, at jdesjardins@montrealinc.ca.

 

I am already being accompanied by another organization, can I still apply?

If your schedule allows it and if you see added value in our offer, absolutely!

The support

How many hours a week should I spend on it?

Group activities will be held every fourth Friday for a total of 5 days spread over 5 months, the duration of the initiative. Group activities will be held face-to-face or virtually depending on health measures.

Individual meetings will be held according to your availability and that of the potential coach(es) or partner(s) to meet.

 

What personalized services are offered?

Once your project is selected, you will meet with a strategic committee to analyze your company’s situation and your needs. A plan of action will follow. Mtl Inc. will put its network of over 450 coaches and 1000 alumni and partners at your disposal to help you achieve your goals.

The services offered are individual coaching sessions (up to 30 hours), peer-to-peer sessions, workshops by high-level experts on targeted topics, connections with potential financial experts and collaborators, and visibility. You can also have a head coach who is assigned for the duration of the service.

 

Key dates

Individual meetings will be held according to your availability and that of the coaches. Group activities will be conducted face-to-face or virtually depending on the health situation (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in person or 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. virtual).

  • Friday, March 25
  • Friday, April 22 (peer-to-peer only)
  • Friday, May 20th
  • Friday, June 17
  • Friday, July 8
  • Friday, August 5

A welcome event will be held on March 24, and the initiative will close with our partners on September 8.

 

Is the service also open to my other co-founders and team members?

For those who have a steering committee and/or co-founder(s): their participation will be allowed, even strongly recommended, especially in activities requiring strategic reflection/decisions. However, more specific activities, such as Peer2Peer, will be reserved for founding members.

Submit your application

How to apply?

Very simple, just fill out this application form. Please note the support will be offered in French. 

 

What is the deadline to submit?

You have until February 27, 2022, 11:59 p.m. to submit your application.

Selection

How do you select participants for the Recharge 2021 cohort?

We will take the time to read each application received. We will select projects that demonstrate innovation with the potential to grow in the marketplace, but also and most importantly, projects based on our ability to provide the resources necessary to add value to you.

 

How long will it take to get an answer?

We will get back to each candidate in mid-March by email or phone.

The initiative's ambassador

Déborah Cherenfant : Regional Director, Women Entrepreneurs, Quebec & Atlantic at TD. Déborah Cherenfant, a women’s entrepreneurship strategist, joined TD Bank Group in 2020 as Québec Director, Women Entrepreneurs segment. Since her arrival in Quebec in 2005, Déborah has multiplied her commitments in economic development and women’s leadership, and is mainly involved today as a director of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Bonjour Startup Montreal, the KANPE Foundation, Humanov-is. In 2018, she was appointed by the Council of Ministers to the Conseil du statut de la femme.

 

Can't find your answer?

Contact Josée Desjardins, project manager.

Don’t be left with a question! Whether it’s to validate that you are eligible or that the initiative meets your needs, we are here for you!

jdesjardins@montrealinc.ca

Main partner

Presenting partner

A partnership was also established with LOJIQ, Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec: a lump sum of $1,500 per participant who are eligible for the program criteria.