Pan-Quebec Program in Scientific Entrepreneurship – District 3 Innovation Center

Pan-Quebec Program in Scientific Entrepreneurship

Develop key business competencies to go from research to market.

A 16 Week Journey

An online program to help you discover a viable market for your scientific innovation with the potential of developing it into a startup.

  • Foundations: Think Beyond the Lab

    You’ll acquire knowledge on innovation paths, design thinking skills, entrepreneurial skills, and participate in joint activities with local innovation communities and sector-specific industries.

  • Discovery: Find Your Market

    You’ll explore potential markets for your technology and validate your business model with coaching to help you identify your target market, complete your prototype, and get ready to launch your startup.

  • Acceleration: Build Your Startup

    You’ll launch your startup, develop your customer acquisition strategy, and pitch for financing opportunities.

  • + Knowledge

    Learn and implement world class practices in innovation through online workshops on innovation & scientific entrepreneurship.

  • + Coaching

    Get support and guidance from experts at the cutting edge of their fields.

  • + Community

    Join the largest community of scientific entrepreneurs in Canada.

What You Get

Explore the forefront of technological innovation in AI & Life Sciences

  • Deep Learning

  • Performance Athletics

  • Genomics

  • Computer Vision

  • Synthetic Biology

  • Medicine

  • Natural Language Processing

  • Neuroscience

Meet the District 3 Team

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

Mahzad Sharifahmadian

Life Sciences Fellow & Biolab Manager

Jane Sommerville

Program Director

Xavier Henri-Hervé

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

Edna Chosack

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

Meet Your Peers

Kelly Perlman, Cofounder of AIfred

“We are extremely appreciative of the services and support that District 3 has provided to us. The connections that we made and the guidance that we received have been crucial in our startup’s rapid development. The program at D3 is very well-suited for AI startups, it fosters a spirit of innovation amongst its members and we would absolutely recommend it to other entrepreneurs.”

Charles C. Onu, Cofounder 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.”

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Are you ready to start your journey?

  • Relevant Background

    You are currently completing or have completed a graduate degree with a research project that you have or are currently working on.

  • Time Commitment

    We require a commitment of 3 hours a week.

  • Collaborative Spirit

    You deeply value peer-to-peer collaboration.

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When does the program begin and end?

The program will be a total of 16 weeks. The foundation stage will be from January 2019 to February 2019, the discovery stage will be from April 2019 to June 2019, and the acceleration stage will be from July 2019 to August 2019.

I don’t have a specific solution or problem I want to solve.

That’s perfectly okay. Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to refine your ideas and explore problems you want to solve.

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

Our services are open to all individuals who are looking to discover innovation and entrepreneurship.

Do I need to participate in all the three stages?

We encourage you to complete all the stages. However, it is not mandatory. Our goal is to help propel your idea with the possibility of developing a viable startup. However, to advance through the program, you need to go through each step respectively. You can take a break for one quarter in between before you advance to the next step.

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

This program serves as a springboard to entrepreneurship, you’ll develop valuable skill sets and have a potential solution that you can choose to develop into a startup.

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