The Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and the Member for Chapleau and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Justice, Mathieu Lévesque, announced the payment of a financial contribution of $ 200,000 to the Institut Innovation Gatineau so that it supports young innovative companies with high growth potential (startups) in the realization of their projects. Financial assistance was provided to enable it to expand and enrich its programs, a project valued at nearly $ 1.5 million.
The project was selected as part of a call for proposals from Startup QuebecMD, Support for incubators, business accelerators and university entrepreneurship centers, launched in July 2020.
“It is essential to support our emerging companies: they create highly qualified jobs and wealth in all regions. In Chapleau, Gatineau and the Outaouais, we have the expertise to be at the forefront in many areas of the future. Supporting these young entrepreneurs, as the energetic team at the Institut Innovation Gatineau does so well, is to showcase their know-how, strengthen the immense potential of their business model and, above all, ensure a succession. dynamic Quebec entrepreneur ”mentioned the MNA for Chapleau, Mathieu Lévesque.
Accelerators and incubators are support organizations that allow the founders of emerging companies to better structure their project while having access to specialized resources, training, strategic advice and a network of business.
“Young, innovative companies stand out for their flexibility, their ability to embrace new technologies and their ease in developing innovative ideas and practices. This is exactly what we need in the uncertain context we are experiencing at the moment,”believes the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon.
Institut Innovation Gatineau is an incubator and a common workspace for startups, SMEs and self-employed workers in the Outaouais region. Their mission is to increase the chances of success of start-ups by providing them with the resources necessary for their growth.