Launch of a first Impact Week dedicated to Montréal startups
by Startup Montréal 8 November 2021
MONTRÉAL, November 8, 2021 – The first edition of Impact Week, which will be held from November 8 to 12, begins today. This event, organized in collaboration with Esplanade Québec, Futurpreneur, Institut de développement des produits (IDP), Pôle Ideos-HEC, and Polytechnique Montréal, by Bonjour Startup Montréal, seeks to make startups aware of ways to reconcile social, environmental and economic impact.
This week’s activities propose about ten panels, workshops and meetings, either virtual or at Notman House, to inform startups about ways their business model can include social and environmental considerations. More than twenty panelists will participate in the activities conducted by the different organizations whose efforts led to the creation of the event. Last year, in the context of a meeting bringing together the ecosystem’s actors, called Offsite 2020, they determined what they wanted as a startup ecosystem. As a first objective, they asked that the ecosystem find ways to reconcile economic and social impact.
“In Montréal, we adhere to values that go beyond the notion of economic growth alone. These values must be reflected in the way we analyze our ecosystem so we can act as pioneers in the field. We are working collectively to ensure that our startup ecosystem is in tune with social and environmental causes that are in the foreground of our society. This awareness campaign is a big step in this direction,” specifies Liette Lamonde, CEO of Bonjour Startup Montréal.
“Montréal is recognized for its startup ecosystem. This first Impact Week establishes Greater Montréal’s reputation in this field. It also allows young local businesses to think about the effects of their practices, but also to acquire tools and ideas they can use to carry out their projects and achieve their growth. I am very proud to support a new event that positions the metropolis as a dynamic and innovative place of business,” indicates Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for Greater Montréal and the Montréal Region.
To organize the first 3 editions of Impact Week, Bonjour Startup Montréal benefits from $60,000 of financial assistance over 3 years coming from the Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la Métropole of the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation.
About Monteal Impact Week
Montreal Impact Week is the joint initiative of several actors of the Montréal startup ecosystem, including Esplanade Québec, Futurpreneur, Institut de développement des produits (IDP), Pôle Ideos-HEC, Polytechnique Montréal and Bonjour Startup Montréal. This initiative seeks to make startups aware of ways to reconcile social, environmental and economic impact.
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