March 19, 2021
Quebec entrepreneurs will soon be able to benefit from a broader range of support programs, to simplify interregional mobility and encourage inclusiveness. The School’s La base entrepreneuriale – the group of support programs of the Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Acquisition and Business Families Hub – has announced a partnership with the DigiHub, a startup support organization based in Shawinigan.
The DigiHub is an organization dedicated to developing entrepreneurial projects relating to digital technology, with the goal of helping to reorient the economy in Shawinigan and the region.
Together, La base entrepreneuriale and the DigiHub are creating a “digital impact and inclusiveness gateway,” in collaboration with Groupe 3737 and Entreprendre ici, 2 organizations offering support for entrepreneurs from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
The main partners received funding of $600,000 for this project, $450,000 of it from the Ministère de l’Économie et de I’Innovation du Québec and $150,000 from the City of Montréal.
The gateway will allow clienteles of the DigiHub, Entreprendre ici and Groupe 3737 to enjoy some of the benefits offered to members of La base entrepreneuriale, in particular by receiving support from HEC Montréal teams geared to their specific needs.
At the same time, members of La base entrepreneuriale will benefit from the expertise and support of its 3 new partners. For instance, businesses in the HEC Montréal ecosystem will have access to the DigiHub’s living laboratories, forums for exchange and co-creation where businesses can test goods or services on the public, for example.
The 4 parties in the project will also be able to recommend candidates to each other and encourage their mobility and knowledge transfer.
This initiative is expected to have plenty of positive impact. For instance, it will make for greater mobility among entrepreneurs and skilled workers, including immigrants, throughout the provincial socio-economic fabric. It will boost the number of innovative businesses in Quebec, particularly in the regions, and foster their competitiveness and productivity.
A virtual panel made up of entrepreneurs and representatives of the 4 organizations and of the cities of Montréal and Shawinigan will be held on March 26, 2021.