Commercialize your research

Learn how to bridge the gap between research and business

We offer free one-on-one coaching open to all. We don’t take equity and your intellectual property remains your own.


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    Get one-on-one coaching with experienced entrepreneurs in life sciences and engineering

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    Learn proven business methodologies

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    Take part in a cohort and benefit from peer to peer learning

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    Receive guidance to ensure you are investor-ready

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    Access potential interns, employees and consultants

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    Participate in events and workshops to develop your skills


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    Consultation with lawyers, accountants and service professionals

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    Fully equipped Level 2 Bio Lab

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    Network of over 5,300 community members

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    Design lab to teach you design thinking and prototyping

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    Discounted tools and software

Sectors We Specialize in

AerospaceAutomotiveArtificial IntelligenceBiotechnologyBioinformaticsComputer EngineeringDrug DiscoveryHealth SciencesInformation TechnologyMedical DevicesNanotechnologyNuclear PhysicsPhotonicsRoboticsSemiconductorsTelecommunicationsSynthetic Biology


Edna Chosack

With a wealth of international experience in taking ideas to market and always at the dynamic intersection of where entrepreneurship and experiential learning meet, Ms. Edna Chosack, M.Sc., MBA, is Head Coach at District 3 and a private consultant. She was co-founder and VP Strategic marketing at Simbionix which became global leader in surgical simulation and was acquired by 3D systems (NYSE: DDD).

She later was director at CAE Healthcare and a member of the advisory committee at McGill University’s Steinbery centre for simulation. Edna started her career as a Ph.D. candidate in physiology and as a marketing expert at a medical imaging start-up in Israel.

Xavier-Henri Hervé

As the founding member of District 3, Xavier-Henri Hervé has a 25 years track record for transforming strategic plans for innovations into business on an international scale. An engineer, Xavier has experience in aviation, information systems, simulation, and green tech.

Xavier’s launched his first business in 1987 in the middle of the microprocessor revolution, where he co-founded Mechtronix, a manufacturer of commercial flight simulators. Before founding Mechtronix, Xavier worked for several companies such as, Oracle Corporation, CAE Electronics and Bombardier.

“Sensequake has been hosted at District 3 since the start of 2016. The District 3 ecosystem for startups is surely one of the best in Montreal and Canada. The staff are friendly and very helpful. We received coaching with our awesome coach, Xavier. District 3 frequently hosted workshops that helped us with some of our essential needs, from dealing with grants, fundraising and tax implications, to marketing and design.”

Mehrdad Mir Shafiei,
Co-founder of Sensequake

“Ananda devices has developed highly specialized products for scientific research. Communicating a coherent and clear message regarding the benefits of our products has been challenging. The coaching and support have allowed us to hone our value proposition and to create improved marketing and sales material. Without the coaching from District 3, progress would have been much slower and our message to our customers would have been less clear.”

Pieter Roos, Ananda

Researchers Program

Develop and commercialize a product derived from academic research or engineering innovations.


Spring Cohort 2017 – Deadline: April 24