Women entrepreneurs in solidarity program 
International mentoring program for businesswomen 

A veritable incubator for growth and entrepreneurial success, this program is waiting to help you shape your professional destiny with confidence and impact.

CECI deploys a reciprocal business mentoring program designed to match Canadian and African/Latin American SMEs. This unique 5- to 6-month program includes virtual mentoring meetings and a 4-week stay at the twinned international company. When women support each other, society as a whole wins! Through this initiative, CECI aims to support women entrepreneurs who are helping to shape the economies of their countries, by creating sustainable wealth for themselves and for the women they employ and/or work with.

Reciprocal mentoring: a space to grow as a benevolent leader

In a reciprocal coaching relationship based on listening, trust, an intercultural approach and mutual respect, you will be both mentor and mentee. By embracing these exchanges, you'll discover innovative business models rooted in international markets, driving innovation. It's an exceptional opportunity to share common challenges as businesswomen, while exploring different cultural realities. 

What does this experience offer me?

The Women Entrepreneurs Program offers a mentoring experience structured around the learning objectives identified by matched entrepreneurs. It can help you clarify your strategic vision to grow your business and diversify your sources of financing. You'll develop your ability to seize business opportunities, network internationally and innovate so you're ready for tomorrow's world. 

On the business strategy front, this program could focus on improving your value proposition, market segmentation, customer relations, distribution strategy and local and international marketing. It will also help you optimize your operations, partner network, organizational culture, environmental and social impact, as well as inclusion and diversity practices in both human resources and marketing.


In concrete terms, the twinning takes place over a period of 5 to 6 months, and involves a meeting every two weeks. Our team assesses the mutual learning interests of the candidates to find winning matches. You receive training before starting the program, supplemented by virtual meetings supervised by a program manager afterwards. Your stay abroad will last 3 to 4 weeks, and will be followed by return virtual meetings, a debriefing and an impact report. A business network engagement activity completes this enriching program.

A veritable incubator for growth and entrepreneurial success, this program is waiting to help you shape your professional destiny with confidence and impact.

Is it for you?

Feeling a sense of solidarity, but not sure if this program is really for you? We accept a variety of profiles, each of which brings a unique contribution to the program! It's your entrepreneurial experience that makes you the ideal candidate-you don't necessarily need mentoring experience. 

  • Women entrepreneurs in the consulting sector
  • Green economy entrepreneur
  • Financial partner to offer a matching grant
  • Advisor in an entrepreneurial support organization

How to get involved:

  1. Evaluate your profile. Submit your application form. We'll evaluate your learning objectives, your experience and the impact you're looking to make on your business. 
  2. Get to know each other. We'll meet with you to find out more about your mentoring motivations, and suggest matchmaking options based on your profile.
  3. Matching. We'll match you up with a key period of virtual meetings and time overseas.
  4. Fundraising. As you begin your mentoring journey, you'll start your fund-raising.
  5. Training. We offer training in mentoring, intercultural communication, inclusive accompaniment, ethics and deontology in the context of international solidarity.
  6. Starting the mentoring relationship. Is the chemistry working? The relationship can begin! If not, we go back to the matching process.
  7. International stay.
  8. Mentoring on return and assessment of the mentoring relationship.

Mentoring interest form


This program is funded as part of the CECI VCP funded by the Government of Canada.