FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For further inquiries please contact startups@d3center.ca

General
What will I get out of being in the District 3 programs?

You’ll have access to many benefits that can save you years of trial and error, and help you reach your goals in a shorter time span without giving up any of your equity. Our programs offer:

  1. 8 to 26 week immersive training providing you with the right tools, skills, and knowledge to help you succeed.
  2. Pairing and support from experienced mentors who are seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced investors, or individuals with considerable expertise in their field to give feedback and offer you guidance.
  3. Personalized one-on-one coaching to address your specific challenges.
  4. Direct and unbiased accountability and peer-to-peer feedback, accountability, and support to produce concrete results and reach milestones.
  5. Fundraising support and guidance—learn how to seek financing and take advantage of our network to meet prospective investors.
  6. District 3 network and peer-to-peer collaboration with fellow entrepreneurs.
  7. Access to talent to help you scale, whether you’re seeking interns, employees, or short-term consultants.
  8. Consultations with service providers, whether it’s accountants, lawyers or other specialized professionals.
  9. Branding and PR visibility—We always like to feature our companies at our events and marketing channels. All of this means great exposure and visibility for your startup.
  10. A vibrant and welcoming community, that supports and encourages one another’s project through peer-to-peer feedback, and collaboration. You will be surrounded by individuals who are just as driven as you are and  will end up meeting a variety of different people who will help you grow your network.
  11. Access to top of the line facilities and an open space to work on your projects.
  12. Access to software and tools for free or at a discounted price.
How do I know which program is right for me?

We’ve outlined the requirements for each program here:

      • Business Model Validation
      • Business Model Validation – Social & Collective Entrepreneurship Specialization
      • Minimum Viable Product
      • Product Market Fit
      • Fintech Program
      • Science & Deep Tech Program

Our application process is for all programs and depending on your answers, the form will automatically direct you to the right one. We will automatically consider your application for our other programs in the case that we think you might be better suited for it.

If you’re still not sure, come speak to us at our upcoming info session on November 24 and December 15  or send us an email at startups@d3center.ca

What are some companies that have gone through the District 3 programs?

Examples include Heddoko, Revols, Ananda, Hyasynth, E-Panneur, Ananda Devices and Jotun. You can see the more of them on our startups page.

How much does it cost to participate in your programs?

There is no monetary cost to applying or joining a program at District 3. The only cost is your energy and commitment to your startup and the District 3 community.

Do you take equity from startups?

We don’t take equity, because we want to help entrepreneurial teams make a dent in the world as part of the fourth industrial revolution.

Are the programs only for Concordia students or alumni?

Absolutely not! Anyone can take advantage of our programs

What if I fail?

As an accelerator of innovation, one of our goals is to give you the tools to validate your business idea using as few resources as possible. So, what happens if your idea isn’t validated? That’s okay, you can pivot or come up with another idea. Our coaches will be there to guide you along the way.

Who should I contact If I have questions other than the ones asked here?

Send us an email at startups@d3center.ca

If I join District 3, does my idea belong to Concordia University?

No,  Concordia University doesn’t take intellectual property nor do they take equity. Any idea developed within District 3 is purely yours.

Application to programs
I can’t find the application form for the specific program I’m interested in.

There is only one application form for all programs, depending on your answers, you will be directed to the right program.

Is the information session mandatory?

No, but it will be a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have and find out which program is right for you.

What time specifically do applications close?

Applications close on December 19th at 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time).

When will we receive the decision for our application?

Your application is due by December 19th. During the month of January, our trusted team will review your application. If your application is successful, you will receive an email with an invitation to come pitch at District 3 at a specified time. By mid-January, you’ll know whether or not you will be part of one of our programs.

Why didn’t you accept our application?

You should not take it personally and it does not reflect the viability of your idea or startup. There may be many reasons why, we receive a large number of applicants for every cohort.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Only one application is permitted. The application form will lead you to the right program. We will automatically consider your application for our other programs in the case that we think you might be better suited for it.

I'm starting a startup. Can I meet with you?

Unfortunately, we have many applicants that apply and only meet with teams in extreme circumstances. We recommend you come to our information sessions on November 24 and December 15, where we will be able to answer any questions you may have. If your question is not addressed in our FAQs, you can send an email to startups@d3center.ca

I’ve completed programs at other incubators or accelerators or already received funding, will that be an issue?

We recommend that you set an appointment with us and we’d be happy to meet with you to see if we can contribute to the success of your startup. If one of our programs is the right fit for you and you are accepted, we require that you keep an open-mind, since you may have to revisit certain assumptions.

Can a single founder apply to your programs?

We give priority to teams who have a minimum of 2 co-founders, because there is usually too much work for one founder to handle.

Applying as a single founder will reduce your chances of being accepted  into our programs. We highly recommend you find a co-founder with complementary skills. We also encourage you to apply to 6 Weeks in Startups (6WS) , which would be a good opportunity to meet potential co-founders.

Do we need to write a business plan?

We don’t require business plans, we make our decision based on our application form and your pitch.

I intend to build a small or medium business requiring little or no external investment, are the programs suitable with my goals?

Absolutely, we accept startups with different goals and we don’t pressure you to seek funding. We make sure to provide you with guidance that is aligned with your interests.

Will you accept multiple startups working on the same idea?

We evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis. They would have to be at different stages in their startup journey and would receive coaching from different coaches. In the extreme event that there are startups in our programs who are in competition, we work tirelessly to ensure there is no exchange of sensitive data.

We’ve already been working on our startup idea for a while, are District 3 programs appropriate for us?

Our programs are designed for each phase of the startup journey. We have programs for startups that are at later stages, such as our Product Market Fit Program.

Do you only accept startups that write software or that are part of specific industries?

No,  as long as your idea is innovative, we accept startups from all industries using any technology as long as your idea is innovative.

I have a great idea for a startup, but I'm not technical. Can you help me find programmers to implement my idea?

 

Unfortunately, we give priority to the startups that are part of our programs. However, we encourage you to apply to 6 Weeks in Startups (6WS) , which would be a good opportunity to meet potential technical co-founders.

 

 

My team outsources software development. Are we still qualified to apply?

Yes, you can apply to our programs.

Is my age a factor in the application process?

No, age is not a factor when considering applicants. 

Does each cofounder have to submit a separate application?

No, the application accounts for all cofounders.

I have several business ideas, can I apply to the programs to work on all my ideas?

The program is designed to validate one idea at a time and we would recommend that you focus on one idea.

LOCATION, OFFICE SPACE, & TRAVEL
Do I get office space if I get into a program?

Only the Minimal Viable Product and Product Market Fit programs include office space at District 3. Typically, office space is given 4 weeks into the start of the program.

Is it mandatory to have office space at District 3 if we are part of the MVP or PMF programs?

No.

Can I still use the common areas even if I don’t have a desk at District 3?

Absolutely! Whether you want to hold meetings, develop your ideas, or use our 3D printer in our Makerspace, you’re more than welcome to pass by.

Do I or all the founding team have to be in the District 3 location for the entire 8 to 26 week period?

We require a minimum of one founder that is available for the entire 8 to 26 week period. The founder should be able to attend the workshops and be available for coaching sessions.

Can we complete one of the programs without moving to where you are?

We require a minimum of one founder that is available for the entire 8 to 26 week period. The founder should be able to attend the workshops and be available for coaching sessions.

We are not incorporated yet, is that an issue?

No, you don’t have to be incorporated when applying to our programs.

Do we have to be incorporated in Canada or Quebec for you to accept us?

No, it is not necessary to incorporate in Canada or Quebec. However, depending on your industry and type of startup, you may be able to benefit from financing opportunities. If you are admitted, you have access to service providers who would be able to advise you on what options are available for yo

Do we have to be Canadian citizens?

No.

Can you get us visas?

We evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Do I have to stay in Montreal when the program ends?

No.

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND GENERAL INQUIRIES
If I want to talk with someone from District 3 do I just drop by your office?

We have Friday tours from 3:00-3:30 where you can get a tour of the space and meet with one of our staff members who will be able to answer all of your questions or put you in contact with someone who can help you.

What are District 3’s open hours?

The District 3 space is open from 9am to 11pm Monday to Friday, with office hours starting from 10am-5pm. If you wish to meet with someone from District 3 you can email us at info@d3center.ca or come to the Friday tours at 3:00pm.

Can I access District 3 on the weekend?

Only our startups and their teams can access the space over the weekends.

Are District 3 events limited to District 3 entrepreneurs?

Not at all! District 3 hosts events open to the public and we encourage you to attend so that you can see our space and interact with some of our startups. All public events can be seen on our Facebook Page.

When attending events, what areas of District 3 can I access?

Our events are limited to either the classroom, the Makerspace or our ideation space. We ask that attendees respect our startups’ office space and do not go on the carpeted area during an event.

How can I get access to District 3’s Makerspace?

To join our Makerspace, you can send them an email at makerspace@d3center.ca with your project and/or idea.

I would like to work or complete an internship with a startup at District 3

That’s great! Our startups are always looking for new talents to join their teams. If you wish to submit you application, please refer to the following link: bit.ly/joinastartupatd3/We also offer different programs that are designed to help you transition into working in the startup world.

How can I get access to District 3’s Makerspace?

To join our Makerspace, you can send them an email at makerspace@d3center.ca with your project and/or idea.

I would like to offer consulting services to your startups

District 3 is always looking for eager service providers who wish to help our startups. To join our list of service providers you can contact Sean Cullen (sean@d3center.ca), our CFO in Residence.

I would like to invest in your startups

For any financial related inquires about District 3 or our startups you can contact our CFO in Residence Sean Cullen (sean@d3center.ca)

I would like to give a donation to District 3

For any financial related inquires about District 3 or our startups contact our CFO in Residence Sean Cullen (sean@d3center.ca)

I would like to become a mentor, expert or coach to help your startups

District 3 is always looking to expand our network of experts, mentors and coaches. You can contact Maylen Cytryn (maylen@d3center.ca) Manager of the Startup Department Operations, she’ll be happy to answer any inquires you have.  

I would like to schedule an interview for a media inquiry, who should I contact?

For any interviews or media inquiries you can contact our Communications and Marketing Manager, Khalil Haddad (khalil@d3center.ca)

Can you promote our event, project, or other initiative with the District 3 community?

We are always happy to promote the latests events and projects happening with our community. You can send us your events on our Facebook page or email us at communications@d3center.ca.

We would like to schedule a visit…

If you’d like to formally visit our space, as part of a group, you can contact the Assistant to the Director, Mariel Desjardins (mariel@d3center.ca).

For general tours, we also have Friday tours from 3:00-3:30 where you can get a tour of the space and meet with one of our staff members who will be able to answer all of your questions or put you in contact with someone who can help you.