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POSTED JULY 30, 2021   |   
Mona-Lisa Prosper.

Director at Black Entrepreneurs, Futurpreneur Canada


Introduction

Commitment is key to success. A committed person can move mountains. Sometimes commitment frightens us because we know that it will require hard work and sacrifices. Sometimes we give up along the way because we don't see people around us working as hard as we do. We start questioning ourselves, are we crazy? Why are we doing this? Mona-Lisa Prosper has been and is a committed person. She's a young woman who has achieved a lot because she showed the highest level of commitment.

She's worked as a diversity ambassador, used her knowledge to decipher business law for common people like us on television, sits on multiple boards. She's the president of the Women Chamber of Commerce for Quebec and recently appointed as the Director for the Black Entrepreneur program for Futurpreneur Canada.

If that's not the highest level of commitment you can find, I don't know what is.

Alright Mona-Lisa, the floor is yours!

Please provide us with your name(s)

Mona-Lisa Prosper.

Where are you from?

Montréal, Québec.

Tell us about you (background info)?

I hold a Bachelor of Law degree and am a member of the Quebec Bar. I am also currently pursuing my MBA part-time at HEC Montréal. Wanting to use my law degree more creatively, I started my career as an entrepreneur helping other entrepreneurs start and grow their business. I cofounded a firm offering both legal services and business consulting to startups and SME’s. That allowed me to fully immerse myself in the creativity and innovation of entrepreneurs, which has always been very inspiring to me. Law having always been a means to an end, rather than the end, I decided to leave my firm after a few years in order to explore other professional avenues. I joined Montréal International’s foreign investment attraction team after a short stint in human resources.

I have always been mission-driven, and always found ways to get involved with causes and organisations that were close to my core values. Whether it is by being the President of the Young Chamber of Commerce of Women of Québec, and sitting on multiple other boards, or promoting the importance of inclusive governance, I always advocate for matters of diversity, inclusion and representation. Being born in Montréal, and having parents that immigrated from Haïti, I have always navigated both cultures with pride. My parents always made sure that I knew and understood my roots, all while being fully integrated and proud of my Canadian heritage. The opportunity to lead Futurpreneur Canada’s new program dedicated to Black entrepreneurs was the perfect combination of my values, involvements and professional background!

Why are you starting this business?

I am not starting a business, but I help young Black entrepreneurs get access to funding for their startups! I lead Futurpreneur Canada’s new Black Entrepreneur Startup Program, funded by RBC.

Please provide us with some information about your business. (description, business model, etc.)

Futurpreneur’s Black Entrepreneur Startup Program is a tailored version of our core Startup Program created specifically to help address some of the barriers to success faced by many aspiring Black entrepreneurs.

What stage are you in right now?

The program has launched at the end of March 2021, and I am happy and proud to say that it is going very well!

What are you looking for at this stage for your business?

We are looking to amplify the program on all channels! It is already pretty popular, but we want to stay top-of-mind and become one of the first resources that come to mind when young Black Entrepreneurs are looking for funding for their startups!

What do you want us to remember about you?

I am mission-driven, and when I believe in something, I truly pour my heart and soul into it!

I want to be remembered as a passionate and hard-working person!

Where can we find you (social media)?

Instagram : @monalisaprosper

Linkedin : Mona-Lisa Prosper

Facebook : Mona-Lisa Prosper