A look back at the integration days for the 4ᵉ cohort!

Six new companies joined our incubation program at the beginning of June.

 

The aim of the integration days is to enable each of our incubated startups to start their journey on the right foot, so as to get the most out of it.

This year is no exception! At the Cruise Terminal, in the heart of Quebec CityThese two days were an opportunity to offer a first glimpse of the support the incubatees will receive during their time with the organization. They also enabled them to get to know each other, learn more about their project, and introduce them to our community of partners, ambassadors, entrepreneurs and residential investors.

Here’s a glimpse of what was in store for them!

 

Tuesday – Encounter, exchange and collaboration.

The first day began with a “speed dating” ice-breaker workshop launched by François, our entrepreneurial advisor. An opportunity for all team members and new entrepreneurs to learn more about their passions and share their views on climate change issues!

François then gave a presentation of the path that the incubatees will follow over the coming months. All the entrepreneurs present had the opportunity to learn more about the support offered, the commitment expected from the various stakeholders, and to discover the resources available as well as the experts and mentors who will support them throughout their incubation journey.

The morning continued with a major press conference, announcing our new partnership with the Port of Quebec.. This collaboration promises to open up new opportunities for current and future incubated companies, giving them access to infrastructure, experts, logistical resources and an extensive business network. This press conference was a unique opportunity to highlight a shared desire to respond to the port’s environmental challenges, and to demonstrate the potential of the technological solutions developed by our incubated entrepreneurs. It was also an opportunity to raise the media profile of two of our incubated startups who have already launched initial discussions with the Port Authority: Sunbird Energie and Energie-Stat.

 

 

In the afternoon, our incubatees took part in a workshop devoted to the art of storytelling and pitching. A good presentation of your project is essential to capture the attention of investors and potential partners, and to attract collaborators. With expert advice from Josyane and Françoisparticipants learned how to structure their speeches, convey their passion and generate interest in their project. A great introduction to the pitch competition that awaited them the following day!

To round off the first day in style, we brought our new entrepreneurs together with members of our community at a 5@7. An ideal opportunity for members of the new cohort to meet our network, make valuable contacts, exchange good advice and relax over a drink!

 

 

 

Wednesday – Sharing, introspection and overcoming.

 

The second day began with a presentation by Richard Drolet, Economic Development Advisor for Quebec City.. The incubatees were able to discover the economic advantages and strengths of the region, as well as opportunities for collaboration with local players. It also gave them a better understanding of Quebec City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and enabled them to visualize possible synergies for the development of their project.

Next, Pierre-Luc Gosselin of the Port of Québec took the floor to present the current and future environmental challenges to which the port team wishes to respond. The entrepreneurs were able to identify the opportunity for them to propose their technological solution in response to the specific needs of the port industry. This practical, issue-oriented approach led to a lively discussion with Pierre-Luc.

 

One of the highlights of the day was the pitch competition!

Each entrepreneur had the opportunity to present his or her project to the Commonwealth delegation visiting Quebec City that same day. This competition was an opportunity for our young start-ups to put into practice the lessons learned from the watch, hone their communication skills and stand out among their peers. Alexandre Savard of Florilège Design won the competition!

 

 

In the afternoon, the entrepreneurs attended a workshop on financing led by Hélène Olland, Startup Manager at Desjardins Entreprises. This workshop gave them a better understanding of the different options available to them, as well as the steps to follow when drawing up a financing plan, the approach to take when seeking a round, and tips for preparing ahead of time.

 

 

To round off these two days of integration, Alejandro Gaviria, CEO and co-founder of KognitionSled a workshop on value chain analysis and industry understanding. Entrepreneurs were able to discover methods for mapping their industry, identifying key stakeholders and understanding the importance and opportunities for value creation.

 

 

These integration days were rich in learning, sharing and encounters for our new cohort of incubated companies and for our team. We’re convinced that these days are a real opportunity for us to get to know our new incubated startups, and to create a solid foundation to support them as they embark on their entrepreneurial journey.

If you too would like to join the 2 Degrés incubation program, tell us about your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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