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.

  • Discovery: 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.

  • Validation: 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.

  • Scale: 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

The program is open to all Quebec graduate disciplines

  • Engineering

  • Social Sciences

  • Medicine

  • Life Sciences

  • Health

  • Fine Arts

  • Computer Science

  • Mathematics

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

Scientific Entrepreneur Fellow

Jane Sommerville

Program Director. Entrepreneur with 25 years of experience helping businesses in strategy, marketing and sales.

Xavier Henri-Hervé

Executive Director & Coach. Successfully cofounded Mechtronix, a manufacturer of commercial flight simulators acquired in 2010.

Edna Chosack

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

Meet Your Peers

Mina Mekhail, Cofounder of Impactful Health & PhD in Biomedical Engineering

"What inspired me to go from academia to entrepreneurship is wanting to take something from R&D all the way to the market. When starting a company, there are a lot of unknowns and I had to learn a lot of things I didn't know as a scientist. District 3 provided me with the skills and knowledge to fill in the gaps I was missing to build a successful business."

Charles C. Onu, Cofounder of Ubenwa & PhD in Computer Science

"I highly recommend this program as it is a confluence of coaches and experts who are not only committed to helping scientists discover entrepreneurship and bring their research to market, 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.

How was the program developed?

The program has been inspired by the lean launchpad methodology used by institutions like the United States' National Science Foundation and I-corp NSF.

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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