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The district

An urban experimentation zone

Montréal’s Quartier de l’innovation is the epicentre of Montréal’s exciting innovative activity, where creative genius, scientific rigour and entrepreneurial spirit come together. Its 3.5 km² international-calibre experimentation area in the heart of Montréal is bounded by René Lévesque Boulevard and the Lachine Canal to the north and south, and by McGill Street and Atwater Avenue to the east and west.

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Carrefour d'innovation INGO

Since spring 2011, the Carrefour d'innovation INGO has been supporting innovative companies that want to enhance their research and technology transfer partnership with ÉTS.

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Centech, the ÉTS technology incubator

Centech transforms technology entrepreneurs’ projects into business success.

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Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM)

The CEIM's mission is to help start-ups throughout their development by offering them a full range of consulting and coaching services tailored to their specific needs.

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Centre de données du Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ et Urbacon

Le complexe, qui occupe une superficie de 266 671 pieds carrés, est le seul centre de données autonome à Montréal. Il agit comme un nœud de télécommunications mondial et offre une étroite proximité avec de grandes villes américaines.

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The IBM Client Innovation Centre (CIC) Montreal

CIC Montreal provides application development and support services that help its clients improve their productivity, their capacity for innovation and their growth potential.

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École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

ÉTS specializes in education and research in applied engineering, as well as technology transfer.

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Espace C2 Montréal

Espace C2 is a modular space located atop the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It is designed to inspire attendees to be daring, take risks and step out of their comfort zones.

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La Factry School of Creativity

La Factry is a school of the creative sciences whose teaching method helps develop creativity in participants.

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The Next-Generation Data Centre

This next-generation data centre for storing highly secure information is the only one of its type in downtown Montréal. Located in the heart of the business district, this major multi-phase construction project was jointly managed by QMD and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ.

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Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

This scientific research institute is dedicated exclusively to research and graduate-level education. Since its creation in 1969, its emphasis has been on interdisciplinarity, innovation and excellence.

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Place Bonaventure

Place Bonaventure is a landmark in downtown Montreal. The building, which was once the largest in the world, considered a “city within a city,” is now a spacious office building that is constantly seeking to renew itself in order to offer its tenants a dynamic, continually evolving environment that compares favourably to any newer building.

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Salon 1861

Salon 1861 offers a full-service event hall, a restaurant featuring local products, and a co-working space that allows businesses, community organizations and local residents to network, share resources, train their employees, and develop contacts.

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WeWork

WeWork is an office and workspace solution that offers a full line of office spaces for rent.

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La Piscine, the creativity accelerator

Created in 2015, La Piscine is a non-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze and develop the first ecosystem dedicated to the development of entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative industries in Montréal and Quebec.

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Coworking Le Grand Bain - Par la Piscine / La Piscine, accélérateur de créativité

Le Grand Bain offers a full range of connection services for medium and large companies wishing to innovate with La Piscine’s ecosystem of digital, creative and cultural startups.

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Esplanade

In order to collectively meet social and environmental challenges, the Esplanade's mission is to catalyze a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and organizations, as well as to support them in increasing their impact and making their projects sustainable.

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The Société Quartier de l’Innovation de Montréal

The Société Quartier de l’Innovation de Montréal is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem in which experimentation and collaboration between academics, entrepreneurs and residents generate benefits for society.

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Silo #5

More than 25 years after it closed down, Silo No. 5 will be at the heart of a new mixed-use neighbourhood where, depending on the proposals received, residences, businesses, hotels and tourist attractions may be found side by side. Pointe-du-Moulin is a site owned by the Canada Lands Company.

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The Wellington Basin

The Wellington Basin site is a 20.5 acre (8.5 hectare) parcel of land that was one of several properties sold to the Canada Lands Company on November 1, 2010, as part of the Montréal’s New Harbourfront initiative, which was approved by the federal government in April 2007.

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