Grants for Women Entrepreneurs

The J. Armand Bombardier Excellence Grants for the Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs were designed to promote the role of women in different sectors of economic and community development, and to recognize the excellence of projects led by women in these sectors. 

Who are the winners of the 4th edition? 

Worth $10,00 each, the Excellence Grants for the Next Generation of Québec Women Entrepreneurs recognize annually the work of 3 women entrepreneurs whose business is between 1 to 5 years old. Created in honour of the 3 women founders of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, who retired in 2018 after 53 years of engagement, the grants focus on the following fields:

  • The Janine Bombardier Grant addresses the cultural and creative field
  • The Claire Beaudoin Grant addresses the processing and manufacturing field
  • The Huguette Fontaine Grant addresses the technological innovation field

Discover “our alumni”, fabulous entrepreneurs who are still making a name for themselves!

Janine Bombardier Grant : Mallory Wilson of EntremiseMarie Delannoy of Cartel and Camille Rouleau, of Ballet Hop!

Claire Beaudoin Grant : Elizabeth Coulombe and Valérie Laliberté of TERO, Érica Lebrun-Gauvin of Mme L’Ovary and Andrée-Ann Adam of Animora.

Huguette Fontaine Grant : Naysan Saran of CANN Forecast,  Ashwaq Al-Hashedi of Invicare and Pamela Champagne and Marie-Michelle Boulanger of Élite Neurokinétix

We would like to thank the members of the selection committees of the 4th edition for their precious collaboration: Cécile Vincent-Camus (ACET Banque Nationale), Jonathan Chaloux, Didier K. Muamba (RISQ Réseau d’investissement social du Québec), Lynn C. McDonald (Evol), Stéphanie Raymond-Bougie (Groupe 3737), Julien Valmary (Conseil des arts de Montréal), Stéfany Chevalier (Quintus), as well as the members of the families of the founders and the employees of the Foundation.

Application period

Fill out the application form: November 1st, 2022 – January 13, 2023

  • Incorporated private companies: at least 50% of the company must be owned by a woman or a group of women
  • Social economy enterprises (NPOs and cooperatives): the entrepreneur must be the founder or co-founder
  • The entity must have been constituted for at least one year with a maximum of 5 years
  • The entity’s head office is in Québec
  • The entrepreneur resides in Québec
  • The entrepreneur is a Canadian or permanent resident
  • Applicants not released from a bankruptcy judgment
  • Projects of a discriminatory nature
  • Projects of a sexual, religious or political nature
  • Ad hoc event projects
  • Projects related to illicit or recreational drugs 
  • Bar or discotheque projects
  • Student projects: internships and university projects
  • Research and development projects
  • Self-employed workers
  • Projects for which the main value-added activities are outside Québec
  • Projects where the main activities are retail sales

JANINE BOMBARDIER GRANT

Intended for women entrepreneurs active in the cultural or creative field.
Eligible sectors: 

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Digital arts
  • Literature and publishing
  • Museology
  • Theatre arts
  • Visual and audiovisual production 
  • Visual arts

CLAIRE B. BEAUDOIN GRANT

Intended for women entrepreneurs active in the processing and manufacturing field. 
All sectors are eligible.

HUGUETTE B. FONTAINE GRANT

Intended for women entrepreneurs active in the technological innovation field.
Eligible sectors: 

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Biotechnology/health
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Information and communications technology
  • Robotics

The criteria that can shed light on the excellence of the applications submitted pertain to:  

  • The quality and soundness of the business model
  • Viability and coherence
  • Consolidation / growth potential
  • Roots in the community, partnerships 
  • The distinctive and innovative nature of the project 
  • The social impact of the business
  • Demonstration of the grant’s value added in the project

November 1st, 2022 to January 13, 2023 at midnight

Applications are now submitted on the Foundation’s new electronic platform.

On your first visit, you will need to create a user account by filling out the registration form. 

You will then be able to fill out the application form.

IMPORTANT: An Electronic Application Guide has been developed to assist applicant organizations. We invite you to consult it before beginning the process.

Documents to include in your application:  

  1. The entrepreneur’s CV
  2. The company’s organizational chart
  3. Audited financial statements for the last 2 years, or the last year if the company has only been in operation for 1 year. Review engagements are accepted.
  4. Financial projections for 2 years, including: quarterly cash budget, income statement, balance sheet.
  5. A road map describing the steps you will need to take over the next 18 months (include financial and HR data).
  6. A video clip (4 min. max.) to present the outline of the business plan, the team and the anticipated impact of the grant.

Launch: November 1st, 2022

Deadline to fill out the application form: January 13, 2023

Study of applications: January-February, 2023

Deliberations: March-April, 2023

Announcement of the winners: May 2023

Official presentation:  May 2023

Can I submit my application if I am under 18 years of age?
No. Entrepreneurs who submit their application for the grant must be over 18 years of age at the time their candidacy is evaluated.

What should I do if I reside outside Québec but I intend to establish my business in Québec?
An entrepreneur who submits an application for the grant must meet all the eligibility criteria. She must therefore reside in Québec and her business must be based in Québec at the time her application is submitted. 

What legal forms of business are eligible?
Incorporated companies and social economy enterprises (NPOs and cooperatives). 

What legal forms of business are ineligible?
Sole proprietorship (self-employed worker), general partners (GP), limited partnership (LP), joint venture, association or group of persons, trust operating a commercial enterprise and co-ownership syndicate, foundations, and insurance mutuals.

I am a woman and my associates are men. Is my business eligible?
Yes. The company, the cooperative or the NPO must have at least one woman founder/associate. She files the grant application and will be the recipient of the grant if her application is selected. 

Is a subsidiary, branch or division of a company eligible? 
To be eligible, the company must appear in the Québec Enterprise Register and have a Québec Enterprise Number (NEQ). In addition, it must prove that it has a real activity and generates revenue and expenses. 

I have not obtained my permanent resident status yet. Am I eligible?
No. The entrepreneur must be a Canadian citizen or hold permanent resident status. 

Must I work full time in my business to be eligible for the grant?
There is no eligibility criterion requiring the entrepreneur to work full time in the business. However, she must prove her ability to carry out the project and move it forward.

Must I have sales to be eligible?
No, but the more advanced the project is, the more the perception of the risk is reduced. 

My business was constituted more than 5 years ago. Am I eligible? 
No. The business must have been constituted 5 years ago or less. 

My business was constituted less than 1 year ago. Am I eligible? 
No. The business must have been constituted for at least 1 year. 

What are the eligible sectors of activity?
Please, refer to the information above. 

When can I expect to receive an answer?
Within 3 months of the candidacy submission deadline. 

Can I file again next year if my application has been refused?
Yes, the same application can be submitted more than once, as long as the project fulfills our eligibility requirements.

In what ways must my application stand out to be chosen?
We look at the following criteria:

  • The quality and soundness of the business model
  • Viability and coherence: consolidation/growth potential and partnerships
  • The distinctive and innovative nature of the business
  • The social impact
  • The value added of the grant for your project

Who will evaluate my application?
The first triage is done by the Foundation’s staff who ensures that the application complies with all the criteria. A Grant Award Committee composed of 5 persons analyzes the applications and issues a recommendation. This committee is composed of experts in financial management of companies, women entrepreneurs, and family members. The Board of Directors and the founders of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, Janine Bombardier, Claire Beaudoin and Huguette Fontaine, make the final decision.

What documents must be included in the application?

  • The entrepreneur’s CV
  • The company’s organizational chart
  • Audited financial statements for the last 2 years, or the last year if the company has only been in operation for 1 year. Review engagements are accepted.
  • Financial projections for 2 years, including: quarterly cash budget, income statement, balance sheet.
  • A road map describing the steps you will need to take over the next 18 months (include financial and HR data).
  • A video clip (4 min. max.) to present the outline of the business plan, the team and the anticipated impact of the grant.

Do you communicate with the persons who are not selected?
Yes. All the candidates will be informed by email of the status of their application.

Why was my project refused?
Even if you meet all the eligibility criteria, this does not guarantee you will be awarded a grant. There are many applications and 3 grants are awarded annually.  

"This grant will allow us to further invest in the research and training of our young leaders to deploy bold, courageous and sustainable solutions for environmentally responsible cultural production."
Anne-Catherine Lebeau, Écoscéno
"The grant will allow us to directly accelerate the commercialization of a new line of innovative products that eliminate thousands of plastic bottles."

Marie-Hélène David, Filo
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