For the first time last September, the student competition took the form of a case study as part of the joint “Technological Innovation and Commercialization” microprogram between the MBAs of HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal. Thanks to a partnership between these universities, Sherbrooke Innopole and Écotech Québec, 15 students advised SPI Bio, a Sherbrooke clean technology company, on its commercialization strategy.
How do I convince my client that my solution is profitable? What are the sources of financing adapted to my offer? What market should I target? According to the Panorama of Cleantech in Quebec, EY, 2018, the most important obstacles facing cleantech companies are financing and market access. It is in this context that Écotech Québec created the Ecotech Challenge 5 years ago, whose objective is to allow a company to find answers to these real questions by inviting students to suggest possible solutions.
Myriam Bélisle, Director, Business Services – Clean Technologies of Sherbrooke Innopole and member of the Skills and Talents site of Écotech Québec, was able to identify a course that is perfectly adapted to the Challenge: the microprogram “Technological Innovation and Commercialization”, which involves some fifteen engineering, scientific and management students, led by Ms. Isabelle Deschamps, Associate Professor. The Ecotech Challenge then becomes a course project that Ms. Deschamps will define as a “fantastic learning opportunity for [the] students, and an opportunity to innovate in our teaching methods”.
Étienne Lemieux, president and co-founder of SPI Bio, which develops and markets control solutions to minimize the risks and costs associated with legionella contamination, was impressed by the quality of the presentations. “I think we’re going to have some interesting discussions on the implementation of some of the proposed strategies. “Thank you again for the effort you put into the work. You have a very fine cohort, brilliant people who will make the program proud, I am convinced,” expressed Mr. Lemieux and Ms. Bélisle.
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On October 1, 2 and 3 2018, Espace CDPQ, an investment and development hub, will welcome 14 technology companies to a personalized 48-hour boot camp as part if its “Hub” initiative:
- Affordance Studio
- Alfred Sommelier
- BioIntelligence Technologies
- Boréas Technologies
- Brizo Data
- Immune Biosolution
The selected companies all participated in an incubation or acceleration program by CAMP, DigiHub or ACET, Espace CDPQ’s three regional hubs. The 14 companies were selected based on the quality of their entrepreneurial team, the innovative nature of their product/service and their market potential in targeted international markets.
Bringing together seasoned entrepreneurs, experts on various issues related to managing a company (commercialization, managing growth, financing, etc.), as well as internationally renowned investors, 48 Hours at Espace CDPQ is an opportunity for 14 business leaders to explore new perspectives and discuss various solutions to their growth challenges.
48 Hours at Espace CDPQ offers direct introductions to key players and an opportunity for entrepreneurs to present their company to 12 influential venture capital firms.
48 Hours at Espace CDPQ has been organized with its 17 partners, including 12 venture capital firms (Amplitude, Anges Québec, Brightspark Ventures, Clearspring, CDPQ’s Venture Capital and Technology team, Inovia Capital, Luge Capital, OTEAF, Panache Ventures, Real Ventures, White Star Capital and XPND Capital) and 6 organizations dedicated to growth and development (École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce, Intrapreneurial Initiative, Réseau Capital, QG100, Montreal FinTech Station and Univalor).
About the “Hub” initiative
Last March, Espace CDPQ name three accelerators in Québec (LE CAMP, DigiHub and ACET) as official Espace CDPQ “Hubs.” The “Hub” initiative gives entrepreneurs from across Québec access to Espace CDPQ’s investment and development network.
Increasingly hot summers such as the one experienced in recent weeks in Quebec are no stranger to the proliferation of Legionella bacteria in cooling towers, as is the case at the Le Ber pavilion of the École de la Montée in Sherbrooke, according to a specialist.
With the continuously hot and humid temperatures, the water in the towers is kept warm, which encourages the growth of bacteria, explains biologist Étienne Lemieux, President and CEO of SPI Bio, whose company specializes in bacterial prevention.
Legionella is the bacterium responsible for legionnaire’s disease, which is similar to pneumonia. The air-conditioning system in Le Ber Pavilion was shut down Tuesday because of the presence of the bacteria, more than a week after a monthly test was conducted to detect its presence.
The delay is inherent to the technique. The technique takes time for the bacteria to grow and be detected,” says Lemieux.
His company is marketing a device that detects the presence of the bacteria in “real time”.
As soon as we reach a small level, below the risk level, we can act preventively to avoid reaching thresholds with health risks,” summarizes Étienne Lemieux.
The bacterium is present everywhere in nature, in rivers, soils and lakes. It cannot be eliminated from the environment. On the other hand, its growth must be limited and cooling towers are incredible growth sites for this bacterium in addition to being fans. So they spray aerosols into the air that may or may not contain the bacteria,” he says.
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