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Let’s improve the impact reflex for startups : Launch of the 2nd Impact Week
10 November 2022
MONTRÉAL, November 10, 2022 – Startup Montréal will launch the second edition of Impact Week on Monday. This initiative was created to support actors in the Montréal startup ecosystem in developing an “impact reflex,” a way to reconcile social, environmental and economic impact. This week of activities, which will be held in a hybrid format from November 14 to 18, is organized in collaboration with District 3, Esplanade Québec, the pôle IDEOS-HEC Montréal, the Maison de l’innovation sociale and Polytechnique Montréal.
“We have so many great examples in Montréal that illustrate that social, environmental and economic impacts can go hand in hand within a company. Montréal startups and the entire ecosystem need and want to take action, given the magnitude of the social and environmental challenges we collectively face. This week of activities, which we are organizing in collaboration with impact leaders, aims to encourage action and demonstrate that we have all the necessary means in place in Quebec to develop our impact reflex,” says Liette Lamonde, executive director of Startup Montréal.
“Making Québec’s economy greener and more sustainable requires that organizations deal with social and environmental issues proactively. Impact Week helps raise awareness of these challenges, and the entire Montréal ecosystem of young innovative companies benefits from it,” stated Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Energy, Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region.
The Impact Week begins its programming with a discussion with key people from inspiring global ecosystems, namely Denmark and Sweden, moderated by Sylvain Carle, partner at Innovobot and renowned investor, on Monday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the Notman House. During the week, the public can attend, among others, these activities in the programming:
- Wednesday, November 16 at 12:00 p.m.: Panel Mesurer l’impact à 360°: la science comme alliée with experts and professors specialized in impact measurement organized by Polytechnique Montréal.
- Wednesday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m.: Panel Les Chocs de l’innovation en santé featuring five Quebec innovations that want to solve key health issues in Quebec organized by Esplanade Québec
- Friday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m.: Panel Impact et Argent, un mariage impossible with Solenne Brouard, founder of Polystyvert, Catherine Bérubé of Cycle Capital, and Axel Bonaldo of Impak.
- Friday, November 18 at 5:00 pm: Fuckup nights impact event: When failure leads to success with testimonials from three impact startups by Negin Ashouri, CEO and co-founder, FemTherapeutics, Marc-André Roberge CEO and co-founder of Nectar, and Collins Oghor CEO and co-founder of Collogh Cares.
A total of 15 workshops, panels and events will take place, virtually or in person, throughout the week of activities. To learn more about Impact Week and to see the full schedule, visit the event website:
For the implementation of its entrepreneurial impact awareness campaign, including the organization of Impact Week, 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 Montréal Impact Week
Montreal Impact Week is the joint initiative of several actors of the Montréal startup ecosystem, including District 3, Esplanade Québec, Futurpreneur, la Maison de l’innovation sociale, Pôle Ideos-HEC, Polytechnique Montréal and Startup Montréal. This initiative seeks to make startups aware of ways to reconcile social, environmental and economic impact.
About Startup Montréal
We are Startup Montréal, a not-for-profit organization created through the merger of Bonjour Startup Montréal with Montréal inc. Our mission is to increase the potential already offered by Montréal’s startup ecosystem, in two ways: by extending its outreach and by multiplying its positive impact. We pilot collective and collaborative projects – including Grant+, the FoundHers pre-accelerator, and the Conciergerie – which benefits individual entrepreneurs and the entire innovation community. To achieve our mission, we receive financial support from the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions and other key partners and corporate donors.
For more information, contact:
Guillaume Lajoie, Advisor, public relations and government affairs
Guillaume.email@example.com | 514-758-1109