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From Idea to Impact

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.

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.

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Khalil G. Haddad, Marketing & Communications Manager 

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Xavier-Henri Hervé - District 3 Innovation Center

Concordia's District 3 director believes Montréal's innovation should be powered by youth and the ambition to make an impact at the global scale!

Posted by Contact MTL on Thursday, January 28, 2016
http://www.medsp.umontreal.ca/medialab/movies/Hinnovic/Entrevue_XHHerve.mp4
Xavier-Henri Hervé speaks at TedX Kish
Tour of District 3
Milestones
230
STARTUPS COACHED
12 MILLION
in Combined Sales and Financing from our Startups
$50 MILLION
in Combined Startup Valuations
+200
STARTUPS COACHED
+5,300
Community Members
+160
in Combined Startup Valuations
Featured Startups

ananda

 

revols

heddoko

ANANDA’s mission is to accelerate the transition of major scientific breakthroughs into new diagnostics and therapeutics. Their patented lab-on-a-chip technology responds to the needs of the biomedical research and diagnostics market by increasing standardization, precision, and reproducibility of bioassays. Their microfluidic devices can fill multiple market niches with a sales potential of over $ 16 Billion dollars.

Revol Technologies is a Montreal based startup that is working on creating the perfect pair of custom-fit earphones. Their team is making quick-fitting Bluetooth earphones. They will be able to mold to your ear in a matter of seconds, and everything will be controlled by a free mobile app! Comfort and sound quality are both priorities, and they’re using some of the most advanced technology to ensure that these are the best earphones on the market.

Heddoko builds smart compression suits that track the body’s movements using textile embedded sensors. The smart garments teach amateur and professional athletes how to improve their techniques and avoid injury by analyzing their biomechanical movements in 3D and providing them with coaching feedback.

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Montreal Demo Day 2016: 6 accelerators, 18 startups, 1,000 attendees

Led by Concordia University’s startup incubator District 3 and Canada’s first smart city accelerator InnoCité MTL, Montreal Demo Day 2016 also brings together Founder Institute, TandemLaunch, FounderFuel andCentech (ÉTS) for a marathon session of startup pitches on topics ranging from smart cities to tourism to SaaS & E-Commerce, consumer electronics and life sciences.

Concordia.ca
Concordia.ca

09/06/2016

10 jeunes entreprises techno montréalaises prometteuses

C’était soir de première à Montréal, jeudi. Pour la première fois, cinq accélérateurs de jeunes entreprises technologiques s’étaient réunis pour que 21 de leurs finissantes présentent leur projet au même moment. C’était une excellente idée et la soirée a permis de découvrir quelques petits trésors potentiels.

La Presse
La Presse

10/06/2016

Là où naissent les entreprises de demain

ICI RADIO-CANADA
ICI RADIO-CANADA

15/07/2015

Revol Technologies développe des écouteurs sur mesure à configurer soi-même

Pouvoir configurer des écouteurs intra-auriculaires sur mesure directement d’un téléphone, en 60 secondes, à bas prix… voilà la promesse de la startup Revol Technologies.

CBC Radio-Canada
CBC Radio-Canada

15/07/2015

MEMO App veut révolutionner la planification et le partage d’événements

En répondant à la question « Qu’est-ce qui se passe ce soir ? », l’application MEMO App permet à ses utilisateurs de découvrir des activités à faire tous les jours autour d’eux, de planifier des petits événements entre amis et de partager des événements locaux qui se passeront dans un maximum de 48 heures.

Le Lien Multimédia
Le Lien Multimédia

10/06/2015

Sprint final: Demo Day de l’incubateur District 3

Pour un entrepreneur, Demo Day signifie le dernier sprint de plusieurs mois de travail acharné dans un incubateur. Jeudi dernier avait lieu le Demo Day de District 3, l’un des très populaires incubateurs affilié à l’université Concordia. Un total de 10 équipes montréalaises présentaient leur entreprise à la communauté.

Le Lien Multimédia
Le Lien Multimédia

08/06/2015

Onze jeunes startups montréalaises au Demo day de District 3

Des écouteurs qui s’adaptent à la forme de l’oreille en quelques secondes, une combinaison qui détecte les détails les plus infimes des mouvements de celui qui la porte, ou encore une application pour créer son équipe sportive virtuelle…

Organisée en collaboration avec Sid Lee Labs par District 3, un incubateur d’entreprises de l’Université Concordia, la première édition du Demo Day était l’occasion de réseauter et de se mettre à l’épreuve.

Huffington Post
Huffington Post

06/06/2015

Demo Day de District 3: trois start-ups à surveiller

District 3 a ainsi prouvé jeudi soir qu’il était dans une classe à part, se positionnant en quelque sorte comme le concurrent montréalais de DMZ de l’Université Ryerson, situé Toronto. L’incubateur, qui ne se limite pas aux entrepreneurs issus de Concordia, vient d’ailleurs d’inaugurer de nouveaux bureaux plus spacieux, qui incluent notamment un Maker Space avec des imprimantes 3D et tout le reste.

Les Affaires
Les Affaires

05/06/2015

Montreal makes the most of its creative resources

Montreal laid the groundwork for gaming to grow, but what about a space where all disciplines can flourish? Where projects are more about the process than success?

Enter the District 3 (D3) incubator, co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Deborah Dysart-Gale, from Concordia’s Centre for Engineering in Society, and entrepreneur Xavier-Henri Hervé. D3 allows enterprising students to find innovative solutions to modern problems through collaboration.

Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette

05/06/2015

Donner des ailes aux entrepreneurs de demain

« Il y a une chose qui n’a pas changé avec le temps, raconte le fondateur et directeur de District 3, un « centre de l’innovation » implanté à Concordia depuis 2013. Ce sont des jeunes qui ont les yeux qui brillent et qui veulent réaliser leurs rêves avec une grande confiance et beaucoup de volonté. » La différence, dit-il, c’est que les ressources à leur disposition permettent d’avancer beaucoup plus rapidement, sans se ruiner.

Le Devoir
Le Devoir

03/04/2015

Our Programs & Benefits

The Business Model Validation Program (BMV) will allow you to recognize the viability of your idea. By the end of the program, you will have an operating startup with potential early adopters.

The Business Model Validation Program (BMV) for Social Entrepreneurs is designed for social enterprises, nonprofits and cooperatives who wish to be mindful of the social and economic impact of their product or service. The program combines the expertise needed from the technology and social economy sector.

The Minimum Viable Product Program (MVP) will help you develop the first iteration of your marketable prototype. By the end of the program, you will have developed the first version of your product with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters.

The Product Market Fit Program (PMF) will help you become a star product manager and marketer in order to overcome one of the toughest times in any startup’s journey: having a good product that can satisfy the market you’re going after.

The Growth Program is designed to guide you through the transition from being a startup to becoming a viable, repeatable and scalable business.

Our Science & Deep Tech Program is aimed for startups and researchers that are developing a product or idea derived from academic research and based on tangible scientific discoveries or engineering innovations.

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