Grow – District 3 Innovation Center


Build a scalable, repeatable and sustainable business.

24-48 Week Journey

Follow a proven roadmap, so you can focus your energy and resources on what matters.

  • Acquire & Retain Customers

    Build your management, business development and marketing skills, as well as iterate solutions to acquire and retain customers.

  • Scale

    Develop a growth strategy, understand your competitive environment, and focus your resources to scale your business.

  • + Coaching

    Get paired with an experienced coach for bi-weekly guidance to help you reach your goals.

  • + Fundraising

    Develop an investor-ready pitch, identify grants, learn to fundraise, and develop financial models.

  • + Working Space

    Get access to a working area with an amazing view in the heart of downtown Montreal.

  • + Network

    Build a network of mentors, partners, experts, investors, and peers.

  • + Customized Workshops

    Participate in specialized workshops to expand your skills and improve your operations.

  • + Labs

    Get access to our Design Lab and Biolab to develop and test your prototypes and experiments.

Get everything you need, all in one place.

  • + Branding & PR

    Hone your story in the most persuasive way to reach your targeted audience.

  • + Talent

    Build your team and post your opportunities to our talent pool that's eager to get involved.

  • + Service Providers

    Get introduced to lawyers, accountants and financial services.

  • + Corporate Partnerships

    Develop partnerships with corporates in terms of distribution, product validation, and potential investment.

52K in services and resources

The best part? Your intellectual property remains your own, and we don’t take equity or charge any fees.

Meet Your Coaches

Seasoned entrepreneurs that you can count on to challenge you, hold you accountable, and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Edna Chosack

Cofounded Simbionix Inc., a medical-simulation startup acquired by 3D Systems in 2014.

Xavier-Henri Hervé

Cofounded Mechtronix, a manufacturer of commercial flight simulators acquired in 2010.

Isabelle Mallet

Over 20 years experience in the gaming industry, specializes in innovation consulting for high-tech startups and SMEs.

386 Startups Launched & Growing


“D3 has helped us improve our business model and pitch deck, as well as given us access to great coaches, labs and equipment. District 3 is a great place for a startup to grow. You will have access to knowledgeable coaches, amazing staff and great workshops. Being connected to entrepreneurs is a great resource to learn from them and create a successful business.”
Farshad Mirshafiei,
CEO Sensequake


“District 3 has helped us avoid many of the common pitfalls. We were able to develop our network with interesting startups and address the challenges that our startup has faced. Through their guidance and support, we’ve grown from a single person company to one with 6 employees.”
Roozbeh Safavieh,
PhD, CEO of Sensoreal


“District 3 is a key actor in the startup ecosystem and provides emerging companies with everything they need to truly innovate and grow. We greatly benefited from District 3 on many aspects, like hands-on coaching regarding sales and growth, as well as gaining visibility at their demo day. I can proudly say that Beeye has doubled its revenues in the last year and continues to prove itself valuable in service firms and large organizations”
Julie Delisle,
Cofounder of Beeye

You'll meet entrepreneurs spanning from all industries and technologies, including:

  • AI

  • Life Sciences

  • Social Innovation

  • AR/VR

  • Fintech

  • Robotics

  • Blockchain

  • Space

Are you ready to start your journey?

Here’s how you can stand out.

  • A Strong Team

    You are a team who is passionate about the problem you are solving, with complementary skills, and the ability to execute.

  • Demonstrated Traction

    If you are B2B, you have at least 1 sale or have 50 free users. If you are B2C, you have at least 10 sales or have 500 free users.

  • Financial Projections

    In order to assess your runway, you would provide a clear financing plan, how funds are currently being raised, and your sources of funding.

Grow Your Startup


Once accepted, how long can I expect my growth journey to last?

You can expect your growth journey to initially last between 24-48 weeks, depending on your progress.

Can I stay at District 3 after I complete growth?

Yes, how long you stay will be determined by your coach who will set up 90-day goals to make sure you are reaching your targets.

I already have funding, can I still apply?

Yes, we have accepted teams that have previously raised funding through venture capital, angel investors, or grants.

Do you invest in startups?

We do not invest in startups. However, we get you investor-ready though intensive pitch training, fundraising training, and developing your financial models. We also provide assistance to identify grants you are eligible for.

Does District 3 charge fees, take equity or claim intellectual property?

No, your intellectual property remains your own, and we don’t take equity or charge any fees.