Build Your Startup – District 3 Innovation Center

Build Your Startup

Launch and grow your startup faster and better.

Follow a Proven Roadmap

Whether you just have an idea or are already in the market, we help you at all stages of your development.

  • Discover

    Understand the problem you're trying to solve, identify your customers’ pain points, and develop your business model.

  • Validate

    Validate your idea and assumptions by talking to over a hundred potential customers and stakeholders.

  • Prototype

    Build a scalable and testable first product to launch your business to market and get your first sales.

  • 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.

Get everything you need, all in one place.

  • + Knowledge

    Participate in specialized workshops and get access to our curated content to learn frameworks and expand your skills.

  • + Coaching

    Get paired with an experienced coach to help guide you and reach your targets.

  • + Workspace

    Get access to a working area with a breath-taking view at the heart of downtown Montreal.

  • + Community

    Build life-long relationships and learn from fellow entrepreneurs and innovators.

$32K 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 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.

Albert Carbone

Founded Stelvio Inc. in 1990, a Montreal-based software house specializing in claims systems for the insurance industry.

386 Startups Launched & Growing

Farshad Mirshafiei, Co-founder of Sensequake

“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.”

Charles C. Onu, Co-founder of Ubenwa

"District 3 has undoubtedly played a critical role in my startup's progress. I highly recommend District 3 as it is a confluence of coaches, mentors and individuals who are not only committed to helping startups launch and grow, but also equipped to do so effectively.”

Margaret Magdesian, Founder of Ananda Devices

“We are better prepared for the market. The support of District 3 has been essential to attract investments and to put in place an efficient sales strategy.”

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 of at least two co-founders who are passionate about the problem you are solving, with complementary skills, and the ability to execute.

  • A Viable Problem

    You are addressing a viable problem in the market and have a preliminary solution that is meeting an unmet need or addressing an existing need more effectively.

  • Time Commitment

    We require each co-founder to work a minimum of 25 hours a week.

Build Your Startup


How do I apply?

We have one application. Depending on your answers, you will be directed to the right programs and services.

I’m a single founder, can I still apply?

While we don’t discount applications just because they have a single founder, it does make things more difficult. We strongly advise you to seek a co-founder who compliments your skillsets.

Do I need to be part of Concordia University to get access to District 3’s services?

No, our services and programs are open to all who are looking to launch and grow their startups.

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.

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

If you are admitted, you have a 3 months membership to access our services and programs. Your membership is renewed every 3 months depending on your ability to meet your startup milestones.