A $6 million grant from the Quebec government will help Executive Education HEC Montréal continue to run its Next AI and CDL-Montréal programs, both of which play a vital role in the incubation and success of tech businesses specializing in artificial intelligence. This funding represents a considerable investment in the future of AI-related innovation and will cement Montréal’s reputation as a global leader in this game-changing field.
Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, who made the announcement at ALL IN 2023, is confident that the economic benefits of the ventures supported by these programs will be felt across the province:
Executive Education HEC Montréal Director Serge Lafrance warmly welcomed this initiative:
Hélène Desmarais, who chairs the board of HEC Montréal and the CDL-Montréal and Next AI programs, said that these programs are a key reason Montreal is home to a thriving AI entrepreneurial ecosystem:
CDL-Montréal is a seed-stage program for businesses with high potential for growth. It is focused on data science, with three cohorts per year dedicated to AI, supply chain–related AI and blockchain-related AI.
Next AI identifies talented idea or early-stage teams with ambitious solutions and leverages Canada’s leadership position in AI to provide them with the mentorship, education and network to disrupt industries.