After a successful first edition, the Gala de Reconnaissance des Entrepreneurs Noirs du Québec is back to honor entrepreneurs from Quebec's black communities, and highlight your importance in Quebec's economic life. As one of the finalists, you'll be in the spotlight of Quebec's business community. It's an opportunity for you to raise the profile of your company by gaining visibility within the wider network of the Fonds Afro-Entrepreneurs.


To apply for the Gala, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Critères de sélection

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be the head of a for-profit business incorporated or registered in Quebec, or a social economy business (non-profit organization or cooperative)
  • Must have started operations before January 1, 2023
  • Not have been among the winners of the 2023 edition (finalists may participate)
  • For social economy enterprises, have a market activity as defined by the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie du Québec  Definition of a social economy enterprise ›
  • The company must be at least 25% owned by people from Black communities
  • Candidates may apply in only one category


Have taken over or acquired a business before January 1, 2023 that was still in operation at the time of acquisition OR be an entrepreneur under the age of 40

Be the head of a company incorporated or registered less than 3 years ago.

Be the head of a company that has been incorporated for more than 5 years, and demonstrate strong growth potential. Among other things, the jury will look at whether sales have grown remarkably in the last 2 years, or whether there has been an increase in the number of jobs created.

Be a woman entrepreneur owning at least 50% of a company.

Be the head of a company that has developed a unique or avant-garde project or concept in any sector.

Be the head of a company whose mission contributes to meeting today's major social and/or environmental challenges.

Be the head a company whose head office is located outside the Greater Montreal area as defined by the Montreal Metropolitan Community (

Be the head of a company that has developed a market outside Canada (e.g. opening an office, exporting products or services, etc.).

Any entrepreneur who submits an application has a chance of being shortlisted for the Coup de Coeur award. The winning company will be the one that receives the most public votes during the gala, and which has not already won an award in its category.

By submitting your application to the gala, you are automatically in the running for the Prix Afro-Entrepreneur.e, awarded to the most outstanding entrepreneur of the year.


The deadline for applications is March 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Click on the button below to submit your application. Please note that you must choose only one category. We will ask you to attach the documents listed below. If your video is not yet ready, you can still submit your application and send us your video by e-mail to before March 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. for your application to be evaluated.

  • Your CV or bio
  • A photo of yourself (at least 300 DPI or a minimum size of 500 Kb)
  • Your company logo (in png or jpeg format)
  • Proof of registration or incorporation of your company
  • Most recent financial report
  • A link to a video (2 minutes maximum) in which you present your company and how you stand out in your category