A mindset and methodology

We believe that creating a collaborative and supportive environment promotes entrepreneurship and can empower individuals and communities to bring their ideas to life.

About District 3

District 3 is an accelerator of innovation that enables entrepreneurs and their teams to make a dent in the world. By animating a collaborative ecosystem, District 3 puts the necessary tools, resources and knowledge in the hands of innovative leaders in order for them to move from idea to impact with confidence.

Let's Innovate

Today, District 3 is a blossoming ecosystem of individuals, teams, ideas, ambitions and dreams. Our environment empowers people to reach their full potential.

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Our Story

2013
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

As an original idea of Concordia University, District 3 began its journey as an accelerator. This Innovation Center offered a viable solution for the missing gap in the Montreal Startup Ecosystem.

2014
VALIDATION

Our agile mindset allowed us to offer different programs and services to entrepreneurs. We began coaching only 10 startups, and ended with a cohort of 40, making our initial location too small to accommodate big dreams.

2015
THE FIT IN THE COMMUNITY

After receiving several grants and donations from various organizations, District 3’s Innovation Center established itself as a promising accelerator in Montreal. Our staff grew from a team of 5 employees to 20 employees, and we were coaching 6-8 startups on a weekly basis.

2016 - BEYOND
GROWTH

Today, District 3 switched to a cohort-based model, launched two additional specialized accelerators, and helped over 300 entrepreneurs on their startup journey. Our determination to make a dent in the world by helping innovative startups continues to thrive.

Milestones
+230
STARTUPS COACHED
$12 MILLION
in Combined Sales and Financing from our Startups
$50 MILLION
in Combined Startup Valuations
+200
Jobs Create
+5,300
Community Members
+160
Number of Events

Our Partners

Ayming
Robic
Recode
Fasken
DS
Accenture
BDO
LMK
The District 3 Team

Our Coaches

Xavier-Henri Hervé
Executive Director
Albert R. Carbone
Entrepreneur in Residence
Julie Hamel
Social Entrepreneurship Coach
Deborah Dysart-Gale
Innovation Fellow
Carmela Cucuzzela
Design Fellow
Marek Zaluski
CTO in Residence and MVP Coach

Operations Team

Mariel Desjardins
Administration Manager
Noor el Bawab
General Manager & Coach
Jan Arp
Fintech Supervisor
Nikitasha Kapoor
Development Manager & Academic Relations
Maylen Cytryn
Startup Operations Manager
Mallory Bridgeman
Human Relations Manager
Philippe Kwiatkowski
Operations Analyst and Corporate Relations
Nathalie Medeiros CPA, CA
Accountant
Khalil Haddad
Marketing & Communications Manager
Dylan Hervé
Academic Relations Coordinator
Rachel Tardif
Design Lab Manager
Allan MacDonald
Graphic & Web Design
Sofia Carbone
Communications Coordinator
Arthur Prats
Startup Coordinator
Sean Cullen
CFO in Residence and Corporate Relations
Kamal Fox
Design Lab Technician
Edna Chosack
Head Coach