9:30 a.m., Oct. 19)
Modest Orléans start-up looking for angel investor
By Fred Sherwin
women on a mission to help others who are facing mental
and physical challenges integrate into the digital work-force,
are looking for help to grow their Orléans-based business.
Innovation and Creation Lab was founded by Huguette Jean-François,
Lynne Collins and Nicole Baptiste, all of whom either
lived with disabilities themselves, or have children who
are dealing with mental or physical issues. The company’s
motto is “Inspire, Dream, Transform”.
Innovation and Creation Lab is the brainchild of
friends and colleagues Nicole Baptiste (left),
Lynne Collins and Huguette Jean-François. Fred Sherwin/Photo
all have been discriminated against in the workplace because
of our disabilities,” admits Jean-François, who is the
company’s president and CEO. “(The Lab) is a way to help
women who are in the same situation.”
women provide three major consulting services through
their company in accounting, management and creative services,
all areas in which they excel.
of the courses include: Website Design; Design and Editing;
Authors and Publishing; Business Innovation; and an Introduction
to Bookkeeping. They also provide mentoring services to
young female entrepreneurs.
dozen volunteers, eight women and two men, support them
in their efforts. When they are able to afford employees,
Jean-François promises they will always hire women.
only nine months in business, the company is still in
its infancy and Jean-François readily admits its been
slow going thus far: “We have a few small contracts, but
it is still not enough to afford a salary and carry out
why the company is actively looking for help for a proper
start-up. The monetary assistance would allow them to
rent a proper space and buy equipment.
business runs in my living room. That’s where we work
every day. When we meet our volunteers, they come to my
house, or we book a room in the library,” says Jean-François.
the necessary financing, the three businesswomen find
themselves unable to fulfill their corporate mission.
In addition to the desire to equip women with disabilities
to integrate into the labor market, they want to set up
a laptop recycling service and send them to girls schools
looking to avail themselves of the services offered by
the Innovation and Creation Lab can call 613-699-0488,
or visit innovationcreationlab.org.
the site is currently only in English, Jean-François promises
a French version will be available by the middle of November.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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