To fulfill a need expressed by the Montréal entrepreneurial community, the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ /QI Innovation Lab was created in 2018. Businesses in the pre-commercialization stage that couldn’t afford to rent a workspace were hosted at Salon 1861. The Fonds de Solidarité FTQ and the Quartier de l’Innovation wished to support these entrepreneurs during this essential stage of their development.
The lab’s goals
- Allow businesses to focus on commercializing their products and expanding their business without having to deal with issues related to renting a workspace
- Offer businesses the necessary support to reach their expansion goals (access to a network, contact development, etc.)
In addition to benefiting from completely free workspaces, startups had privileged access to our partner network and were invited to present their companies to the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ investment team. Deloitte, a partner of the Quartier de l’Innovation, also provided participating organizations with training and a bank of consulting service hours.
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