Towards more inclusive financing: some ideas
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It is impossible to ignore the importance of finance when starting a business. However, when it comes to finance, not all entrepreneurs have the same opportunities. Find out more about inclusive finance and how to ensure fair opportunities for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
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Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, Hélène Olland has an excellent knowledge of the startup ecosystem, startups and impact. She dedicates her career to the development of an innovative, green and inclusive economy by accompanying entrepreneurs and pioneers of this transformation. After working on the Desjardins Lab and Coopérathon at Desjardins, she joined the incubator and accelerator community in 2020, where she created the first clean technology incubation program at Polytechnique Montréal. Armed with her experience in the field, she joined Desjardins Entreprises as Startups Director, a new strat��gic mandate that aims to d��eliminate coaching breaks for startup entrepreneurs, while strengthening collaboration within the startup ecosystem.
Sévrine Labelle is President and CEO of Evol. Evol was born out of the evolution of the Femmessor organization, which had been working to develop women's entrepreneurship for over 25 years. Evol's mission is to contribute directly to the creation, growth and acquisition of diversified and inclusive businesses that have a positive impact on society. Under its leadership, more than sixty specialized resources are working in the 17 regions of the province. Her career, crowned with numerous achievements, has revealed a woman of action who knows how to be bold in achieving her goals. With a bachelor's degree in communication-politics and a master's degree in administration, Ms. Labelle was only 29 years old when she was first appointed to the executive director of an organization in the Eastern Townships. Her experience has also taken her ���� to live and work in Africa and Latin America. Ms. Labelle also has solid experience in economic development and coaching for entrepreneurs. She worked for more than 7 years at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Very involved in her community for many years, Sévrine Labelle was a member of the board of directors of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, the Fondation du Startup de Montréal, the Réseau réussite Montréal and the Verdun organization Toujours Ensemble.
Nivatha Balendra is the CEO/Founder of Dispersa, a cleantech startup developing a platform of natural and affordable biosurfactants to replace chemical surfactants on the market. Nivatha's environmental research, which she began at the age of 17, focused on a sustainable microbial solution for oil spill treatment. This basic research is now at the heart of Dispersa, which she founded at the age of 22. Her research has had numerous scientific awards, including the World Economic Forum's top prize for young scientists which was presented at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in 2014. She was also selected as one of the Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30 and identified as a young leader in the environmental sector with the Pollution Probe Award. Nivatha was recently selected as the youngest finalist of the top 6 women founders of clean technology for Natural Resources Canada's Women in CleanTech Challenge and the in CleanTech Challenge from Natural Resources Canada and MaRS Discovery District. She was also nominated as a recipient of the ARISTA Award in the Young Entrepreneur/Startup category by the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal in 2020. Nivatha is personally motivated to deliver natural ingredients to the chemical industry having experienced stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer at the age of 20.
Mona-Lisa is the Director of the Futurpreneur Black Entrepreneur Program. A lawyer by training, she also has experience in entrepreneurship, human resources and economic development. Very involved in her community, she is the president of the Jeune Chambre de Commerce des Femmes du Québec and sits on several other boards. A proud ambassador of the importance of inclusive governance, she is also involved with various organizations that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
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