The first edition of Montreal Impact Week that seeks to make startups aware of ways to reconcile social, environmental and economic impact, happened from November 8 to November 12. During the course of this week, ten activities – conferences, panels, networking events – took place virtually and even in person at Notman House.
This event, organized in collaboration with Esplanade Québec, Futurpreneur, Institut de développement des produits (IDP), Pôle Ideos-HEC, and Polytechnique Montréal, brought together more than 250 people in the 10 activities planned over the week. More than 20 key actors of the innovation ecosystem were also present during the various activities led by the co-organizers.
The organization of a Montreal Impact Week was brought forward by the many actors in Montreal’s startup ecosystem. Last year, in the context of the 2020 OFFSITE, a yearly meeting bringing together the ecosystem’s actors, 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.
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.
The Montreal Impact Week has a collaborative Website where visitors can find a daily journal with summaries of the various activities that took place over the week, as well as a toolbox for startup entrepreneurs.
Visit the Impact Week website https://bit.ly/SemaineImpact
Head over to Youtube to watch conferences and workshops
“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.
About Montréal Impact Week
Montreal Impact Week is an initiative that seeks to make startups aware of ways to reconcile social, environmental and economic impact. It 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.