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This program, designed to offer support that is tailored to your growth objectives, is for your if:
You have an entrepreneurial project, whether you are an NPO, a cooperative, a corporation or other, or whether you are a professional or a researcher in an intrapreneurial process
Your project is at the stage of commercialization or growth (meaning you have a validated proof of concept ensuring that your solution meets the needs of your users and that it is feasible, or a proven model that is ready to scale up)
Your team is located in Quebec
Your project answers to a specific identified challenge in the sectors of health or food systems, with an innovative, efficient and realistic solution, that might be:
A technological innovation (hardware or software)
An organizational innovation
A social innovation
For this cohort, we are specifically looking for projects that address challenges from 2 big sectors:
Prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles
Continuity and accessibility of services
Improvement of health care trajectories
Training and collaboration of stakeholders (patients, clinicians, specialists, etc.)
Helping people stay in their homes
Health of the elderly
Mental health care and services
Sexual health care and services
Innovation in food production (new technologies and practices)
Local supply and short circuits
Self-production and food sovereignty of communities
Food and nutritional security (accessibility and quality of supply)
Soil and ecosystem health
*These are the main issues targeted by this call for projects, but we invite every entrepreneur who have projects with a significant impact on community health or food systems to submit their application.
The Accélération program supports cohorts of entrepreneurs in maximizing their social and environmental impact and making their business model sustainable. This program is tailored to propel your project and your team!
An intensive 2-day bootcamp to bring teams together, meet stakeholders, stimulate creativity and collaboration and reflect on your social and environmental impact
10 workshops on tools developed by our impact entrepreneurship experts, directly applied to your project
Up to 80 hours of personalized coaching with impact, innovation, entrepreneurship, funding and business development coaches and experts
The coaching will lead you to work on these blocks of skills:
The bootcamp will take place on May 26 and 27 (possibly in person or hybrid).
The (online) workshops will take place on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on the following dates:
A wrap-up meeting will be held on December 7.
Some workshops will be differentiated by sector to better adapt to specific issues related to health and food systems. We also use group coaching to encourage exchanges between peers, mutual and collective enrichment, and to work on complementarity and synergies between projects.
In parallel to the workshops, your team will be put in touch with a senior business coach and an expertise unit. These coaches and experts will offer you personalized coaching hours, adapted to your objectives and your sector. These hours can be spread out between June and February, depending on your availability.
As a proud Quebec company, Lassonde is happy to give back to the community by supporting innovations with a positive social and environmental impact.
By offering a $10,000 grant to one of the projects in this cohort, it will encourage impact entrepreneurship and contribute to the well-being and health of the population.
The collaboration between the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-
Thus, the entrepreneurs whose innovations are selected by the CCSMTL for these challenges could have access to a field of experimentation to test their solution in a real environment, confirm their hypotheses and model, obtain tangible data or gain visibility and credibility thanks to the development of their innovation with a major player in the Quebec health sector.
Within the framework of this collaboration, here are the challenges of the DAL for which we are looking for innovative solutions, whether they are technological or organizational:
Staff shortage: attracting, recruiting and retaining employees to ensure access to care and help maintain a quality care trajectory for patients
Optimizing logistics to ensure improved access to care, particularly in the context of workforce shortages
Responsible procurement, particularly for catering, in a context where the issue of responsibility must be combined with a complex and restrictive legal context, a shortage of manpower and limited budgets
Fluidity of processes between DAL services in order to contribute to the quality of the care trajectory
Any other impactful solutions that can support the DAL in supporting services for quality care for consumers.
It should be noted that only those entrepreneurial projects that most adequately meet the needs of the CCSMTL could take advantage of this opportunity. These pilot projects will have to be the subject of a specific agreement with the CCSMTL and the Esplanade before the experimentation begins, particularly with regard to data confidentiality.
The Esplanade has strong ties with the research and innovation community in Quebec. By joining the Accélération program, you can benefit from this and accelerate the development of your innovation!
Meet experts in your sector
Access accurate and recent data on your sector
Test your solution in a real environment
Finance your R&D work thanks to the grants and funding to which you are entitled as an entrepreneur
Thanks to its financial partners, the Esplanade covers nearly 90% of the costs of the project. Once selected, participating organizations will have to pay a residual cost of $750 + taxes per project.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 and have been accepted into an Esplanade program, you may be eligible for financial support from the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) to cover part of your registration fees and receive a financial support for your participation (several conditions apply).
For more information, visit their website (French).
The selection process is divided into 2 phases:
Pre-selection: a first selection will be made upon receipt of the application files. The files will be analyzed according to the evaluation criteria mentioned below by the Esplanade team and our sector partners
Selection on pitch: the shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their project in front of a jury who will then make a final decision
The selection pitches will be held online. The final decision of the jury will be communicated to you on May 17 at the latest.
We select projects based on the quality and potential of their impact, as well as on the team’s ability to carry the project and make it grow.
The jury will therefore pay particular attention to:
Expertise (business experience and domain knowledge) of the team
Level of commitment and motivation of the entrepreneurial team, ability to question themselves
Degree of innovation of the project and differentiating and complementary value proposition in the ecosystem
Stage of development of the solution, degree of validation of the proof of concept and business model
Potential for social and environmental impact on the identified communities
Articulated integration of impact into the value proposition
Potential and capacity to scale up the project
A virtual information session has been held in French on April 13.
If you wish, you can also book a 15-minute slot with a member of our team to discuss your project and its eligibility.