Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI)

Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI)

Regardless of the field, social innovation is, more than ever, a key component of business. However, how does one maintain a leadership position while continuing to have a positive global impact? In order to be relevant, sustainable and unique, every single project must take its social and environmental ecosystem into account.

With that perspective, the Quartier de l’Innovation (QI)Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and C2 Montréal have teamed up to bring the seventh edition of the Montréal Summit on Innovation (MSI) to life within the C2 Montréal conference, May 23. Under this year’s theme, Entrepreneurship + Social Impact, MSI will bring together entrepreneurs, university researchers and other key actors in the field of social innovation in order to give them an opportunity to meet Montréal’s major innovation players and learn through interactive experiences.


Propelling social innovation by nurturing collaboration

Knowing that more than 25% of all R&D spending in Québec* happens within the walls of Montréal universities, entrepreneurs stand to benefit more than ever by factoring research into their thought process. It is in the spirit of fostering this kind of synergy that this year’s Montréal Summit on Innovation is being held. With that in mind, QI, UQAM and C2 Montréal aim to create a favourable environment where ideas can collide and solutions can emerge in order for everyone to expand their horizons, get better results and collectively tackle key questions such as:

  • How can social impact be accurately measured?
  • How can a collaborative social entrepreneurship ecosystem be created?
  • What inspiring innovations have been generated through collaboration?
  • How can entrepreneurs develop a stronger reflex to include universities for better social impact?

A transformative journey

Mainly held in French, the Summit falls within the theme of this year’s edition of C2 Montréal: Transformative Collisions. Attendees can expect a multiformat experience, including:

> Les Affaires breakfast seminar presented by Ville de Montréal: How do we build a collaborative social entrepreneurship ecosystem?

Introducing three inspiring collaborative projects at different stages of evolution. Hosted by Diane Bérard, columnist for Les Affaires.

> Collaborative experiences

Over the course of these two workshops, participants will be prompted to share their input on measuring social impact and implementing collaborative practices, as well as putting these ideas and processes to work.

> Group Braindates

Braindates are specifically targeted learning labs allowing guests to share and deepen their knowledge in one-on-one or group settings. Groups are formed based on preferred areas of expertise or fields that participants wish to explore.

> Featured speaker

A top mind in the field of innovation (soon to be announced) will take one of C2 Montréal’s main stages to share ideas and reflections.

> Conversation Market

The Conversation Market is an open forum where participants can simultaneously collaborate and discuss different aspects of a given subject. With a few guiding themes, all are welcome to share their point of view on the topic of “Multiplying our positive impact.”

> Interactive circuit and cocktail

In a cocktail setting, MSI attendees will get to explore an interactive circuit where 10 collaborative research projects will be displayed

Crédit photo principale : Sébastien Roy
Crédit photo en milieu de page: Agnieszka S