January 14, 2016
This week the Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Acquisition and Business Families Hub at HEC Montréal announced the names of the 10 companies selected to take part in entrePrism, a free support program designed to help cultural communities and entrepreneurs integrate the Quebec business community through entrepreneurship.
The 10 entrepreneurs were chosen for their growth potential, the time they have available to devote to their projects over the next few months and the commitment they showed during their interviews with program officials. The entrePrism program was made possible by a $2.5 million donation to the Campus Montréal fundraising campaign in 2015 by the Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo.
Meet the companies in the 2016 entrePrism cohort!
Objective: Use a Web-based platform to bring families squeezed for time and looking to subcontract certain everyday tasks (e.g., grocery shopping, taking children to activities, homework help, meal preparation, etc.) together with “freelance parents.”
Objective: Offer a custom line of ready-to-wear women’s clothing that lets customers participate in the design and creation process, and even make changes.
Objective: Introduce customers to new tastes and creations inspired by couscous recipes and adapted to modern urban lifestyles, with a healthy ecological touch.
Objective: Interest children in science and technology and stimulate their creativity through fun, safe and interactive science-based activities.
Objective: Help new immigrants become settled and integrated into Quebec society, mainly in Greater Montréal, by offering short-term accommodation services and other related services (preparation, welcome, personal support).
Objective: Market cosmetics produced using a unique artisanal method so as to offer a line of healthy, high-quality, preservative-free products. The key ingredient in the secret Maya Mia recipe is organic Mayan honey from the Yucatan, in Mexico.
Objective: Give pharmaceutical companies an innovative way to collect drug safety data, using digital technologies and mobile devices, which can be combined with tools for massive data analysis for research purposes.
Objective: By means of a free crowd-funding platform, let non-profit organizations promote their charitable projects through campaigns aimed at the general public and the business community. Individuals and companies can also choose projects that appeal to them and contribute through user experiences that meet their specific interests.
Rafael de Paula and Monteiro do Nascimen Juárez
Objective: Meet companies’ process improvement needs (process development and improvement, cost reduction, 2D and 3D industrial design, support for research and development, training, continuous improvement and quality control).
Objective: Offer high-end oral hygiene products in five delicious flavours, with elegant and refined packaging.
Entrepreneurs and members of the Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Acquisition and Business Families Hub, during the program launch.
Photo: Manaf Bouchentouf