On March 6, 2018, in Montreal, Richard Chénier, Centech director-general, and Béatrice Couture director-general of InnoCitéMTL announced the integration of InnoCité MTL, the Number 1 start-up accelerator for smart cities in Canada, into Centech.
The integration of InnoCité MTL and Centech will allow start-up companies currently supported by InnoCité MTL to benefit from Centech's support programs and services. "This pooling of our expertise will concretize the vision we have of bringing together under one roof a concentration of the best start-ups in the field," explained Mr. Chénier, Centech director "We will be developing a true community of expertise in smart cities here in Montreal."
In addition, access to the Centech support programs will create, as part of its open innovation cells for major companies, an InnoCité MTL innovation cell. This will provide an opportunity for the private and public partners of the InnoCité MTL accelerator to collaborate on innovation projects connected to the Smart City. Ms. Couture will participate in the implementation of Centech innovation cells, including the InnoCité cell.
"InnoCité's mission will remain the same," explained Béatrice Couture, InnoCité MTL general manager. By becoming a smart city innovation cell, InnoCité will participate in the birth of new projects to respond to the specific needs of our partners and benefit from the collision resulting from the interactions between students, researchers and research Chair holders, and public- and private-sector players."
"Integration of InnoCité MTL in Centech will allow for a synergy between the forces of our entrepreneurial ecosystem, multiplying their technological and economic impact for Quebec," added Jacques Bernier, Chair of the Board of Directors of InnoCité MTL. "Our partners will greatly benefit from access to this critical mass of talent offered by ÉTS, one of Canada's largest engineering school."
About InnoCité MTL
The first Smart City start-up accelerator in Canada, created as an initiative of the city of Montreal, InnoCité MTL is a program that responds directly to the needs of both public- and private-sector organizations. Since 2015, InnoCité MTL has been accelerating productive connections between cities, start-ups, and industry—propelling the marketing of urban innovations and products and services with an impact on the quality of life of all citizens.
Created in 1996 by the École de Technologie Supérieure, and located in the heart of Montreal's Quartier de l'innovation, CENTECH is an incubator for technology companies dedicated to hardware and advanced technologies startups with high growth potential. Thanks to its programs – Acceleration and Propulsion – CENTECH acts as a veritable growth machine, thereby creating one of the greatest high-level tech entrepreneurial densities in Canada.