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The Climate Innovation Super Cohort is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Esplanade Québec and Cycle Momentum, leading accelerators working to advance the development of impact innovation and clean technologies in Quebec.
A rich acceleration program that provides startups with workshops, resources and tools with personalized coaching developed by industry experts and mentors
Collaborating with Esplanade Québec and Cycle Momentum’s community, which includes entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts who are keen to share and guide innovative companies
Preparing pilot or showcase projects, notably with the support of the City of Montreal, RECYC-QUÉBEC and the partners of the Esplanade Environment Unit
Conducting quantification study to analyze the GHG emissions potentially avoided by your solution according to the ISO14064-2 standard (eligibility under conditions)
A network of impact-oriented investors, including Cycle Momentum’s circle of partner funds, and dedicated funding matching programs (eligibility under conditions)
Increased branding and visibility, notably through our platforms and two « demo » events at the end of the program
Whether your solution is in mobility, building, the circular economy or urban planning and resilience, we activate our network of contacts to help link issues and solutions.
We offer increased support for the development of experimentation and showcase projects (technological or commercial), with our network of sectoral and territorial partners, and in particular with the Ville de Montréal, a major partner of the super cohort.
This program is for you if you are an entrepreneur in Quebec, with impact at the heart of your business model and you are looking for support in your deployment phase:
Entrepreneurs: You have an entrepreneurial project, you are committed to this project full-time and are ready to be 100% involved in the program. Preferably, you are a multidisciplinary and dedicated team.
Territorial anchoring and local benefits: Your team is located in Quebec*. Your solution applies to the Quebec context, and your model has local socio-economic and environmental benefits.
Impact: Your solution has a significant and measurable impact on one of the issues related to climate change, either on the fight and reduction of GHGs or on adaptation and resilience (see the sectors and issues listed below).
Technological and/or social innovation: Your solution is a product or process, technological, software, organizational or social innovation that responds to a real problem. Its value proposition is clear and you own the commercial exploitation rights.
Business model: Your proposed model is economically viable, regardless of the legal form of your company (Inc, Coop, NPO, other). The target market is defined, reachable and of significant size.
Stage of advancement: Your project is in the commercialization or growth phase. Your proof of concept is largely validated, you can demonstrate commercial traction, have a prototype or MVP to launch and your sales are about to take off. In the case of a joint-stock company, you are in the seed fundraising phase or are planning one soon.
*Note that some of the places are reserved for teams located in the Montreal area or with major activities in Montreal.
We are particularly looking for solutions in the following sectors and themes:
Electrification and decarbonisation of the transport sector
New sustainable buildings
Renovation and energy efficiency of buildings
Rehabilitation of contaminated land
Eco and product design
Recovery of organic and recyclable materials
Development of new modes of consumption (rental, shared consumption, etc.)
Residual material management
Redevelopment and resilience of neighbourhoods
Combating heat islands
Urban forest development
This list is not exhaustive.
The 2023 Super Cohort edition aims to support companies execute their business plans and facilitate their connections with industry and stakeholders.
The program will take you to:
Better understand your value proposition and how your solution effectively contributes to the energy transition
Strengthen your business model and develop plans to scale its maximise impact
Accelerate your commercialisation
Develop your ability to define, measure and optimise your impact
Consolidate your financing strategy and access cleantech investors
Develop your partnership approach to test/validate your solution with clients and partners
Collaborate with a community committed to advancing and deploying low-carbon solutions in Montreal and Quebec
A 2-day boot camp that provides an opportunity for companies to connect with stakeholders and experts to deepen the reflection of their impact in the ecosystem
Over 12 workshops, which are customized to brainstorm solutions in order to advance the growth of the company
Hours of personalized coaching with experienced business people and experts (up to 80 hours over the course of the program)
Sales, media and investor pitch preparation with an exclusive showcase event in front of cleantech investors and economic development agencies
Networking opportunities and targeted connections with our partners
In addition to the workshops and regular content of the Acceleration program, you will have the opportunity to participate in two pitching events in front of various ecosystem actors and investors.
We work with a network of experienced mentors and business coaches with a variety of expertise (business plan, impact, finance, marketing, governance, etc.) who have been in your shoes, asked the same questions and faced the same challenges.
We also bring in professionals to speak in our workshops or provide feedback to entrepreneurs in group sessions.
Applications must be submitted via the Web form before midnight on 18 December.
Pre-selection on the basis of applications: a first selection will be made upon receipt of the application files. Applications will be analysed according to the evaluation criteria mentioned below and you will receive confirmation of your pre-selection around 22 December.
Pitch selection in front of a jury: shortlisted candidates will be invited to provide us with a pitch in video format before January 10, 2023 and to present themselves in front of a jury on January, 12 for a pitch and a question and answer session.
We select projects based on the quality and potential of their impact, as well as on the team’s ability to grow their company.
Execution potential of the founding team (business experience and knowledge of the sector)
Product innovation and value proposition
Potential social and environmental impact of the project
Impact potential of the technological solution to advance the energy transition in the Montreal and Quebec region
Development stage and business model validation in the market
Level of commitment, motivation and interpersonal skills of the team
November 17 to December 18
February 1st to June 30
Mid-may and mid-July
The jury pitch (for selected companies) and the bootcamp will take place in person, in Montreal. Workshops and coaching are approximately 5 hours per week, and take place online unless otherwise noted. Coaching can be done online or in person.
Coaching costs are largely covered by our funding partners in the form of donations and grants. Participating organisations have to pay a residual fee of $750 + tax.
If you are between 18 and 35 years old, you may be eligible for financial support from the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) to cover part of the registration fees and costs related to your participation (several conditions apply).
For more information, visit their website.
"The Super Cohort has enabled us to refine our marketing and financing strategies. In addition, the programme's benefits exceeded our expectations thanks to a committed team, high-quality coaches and tailored support. We had the chance to meet people who are very relevant for entrepreneurs like us to grow a business. Also, we had access to many tools to work on marketing, theory of change, financing, strategic partnerships, etc. It was a great experience, and we met some great people!"
"What we found great about the super cohort was that we had a coaching and mentoring team that was very experienced in business and committed to socio-environmental issues. It's a powerful combination that gives rise to a rare expertise in Quebec. For a cleantech company, this makes a huge difference! When your mentors believe in you from the very first second and appreciate your mission and challenges at their true value, the discussions are richer, and the ideas that come out of them are more promising. Time well spent!"
"The super cohort and its group of experienced coaches have brought our company a lot of value. Aside from helping our team think more strategically, the program allowed us to form partnerships and access financial support from various funding sources."
"The bootcamp was more useful than I thought! We already had a year of operations; we were focused on that. During the program, our team could take a step back and take a holistic perspective to scale in the long-term."
An information and Q&A session will be held on November 28, 2022 at 12:00 noon online.
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Esplanade Quebec is the first impact entrepreneur accelerator in Quebec, with a mission to catalyze a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and organizations to collectively address social and environmental challenges, and to support them in sustaining their solutions and maximizing their impact.
The Esplanade is developing several support programs for impact companies, from start-up to scale-up, and Acceleration is its flagship program with 9 cohorts completed since 2016 and 69 companies accelerated.
Cycle Momentum is an accelerator and open innovation platform that brings together an international collective of entrepreneurs, investors and innovators. Our mission is to find innovative solutions to the major ecological challenges facing humanity. Member of the Cycle Capital Platform, Cycle Momentum provides entrepreneurs with training workshops, networking sessions and mentoring, and works with leading companies to stimulate technology acquisition and integration. In order to increase the impact of its programs, Cycle Momentum has brought together several local and international investment funds as part of its Circle of Partner Funds, whose members are involved with participating startups.
Since 2015, 89 startups have been accelerated with a survival rate of 90%, + 210 M$ raised in equity and quasi-equity and + 320 M$ raised in total in dilutive and non-dilutive funding.