Collision Lab

The Collision Lab, an open innovation hub

When startups and large companies join forces

The Collision Lab, Centech’s open innovation hub, supports large companies from different sectors in their open innovation initiatives in collaboration with technology startups.

Open innovation within large corporations in collaboration with the Collision Lab!

Meet our partners and learn more about the Collision Lab’s offer and open innovation process.

Our focus areas

We support large companies that are looking for innovative technological solutions to solve their business challenges while creating societal and environmental value.

Based on open innovation, the co-creation and co-development of new products, solutions and cutting-edge technological processes in order to create economic, environmental and societal value in these sectors:

Automation & Industry 4.0

Efficiency & Energy Transition

Sustainable Transport & Smart Logistics

Telecom & Edge Computing

Medtech & Digital Health

Why collaborate with the Collision Lab?

Identification and evaluation of innovative technology startups

The Collision Lab team identifies qualified startups that can support your innovation strategy, then offers you advice and support to make the final selection and ensure the success of your collaborative projects.

Connections with startups and support in setting up your innovation projects

Take advantage of the expertise of the Collision Lab’s open innovation specialists to connect with startups and qualified talents, and lay the foundations for a fruitful collaboration to co-develop and test new solutions in agile mode and at low cost.

Launch of programs on sectoral and/or technological themes in corporate accelerator mode

Build a corporate accelerator in partnership with the Collision Lab, to share your challenges to the innovation ecosystem and find the best startups to meet your challenges.

Organization of corporate events and development of the entrepreneurial culture

Participate in the many Centech events and take advantage of our spaces to create your own corporate events focused on innovation.

Join a community of innovation-focused partners and startups

Create and develop a culture of open innovation within your company. Discover the best practices of innovation by exchanging with our corporate partners (Inner Circle), startups, talents and experts.

Presence in the Centech (Planetarium)

Rent a space in the Centech and offer your teams complete immersion in a living, dynamic, stimulating and diversified ecosystem.

Our corporate partners

Success stories

Loto-Québec relies on artificial intelligence to monitor its gaming tables

Loto-Québec was looking for a solution to improve how they manage their gaming tables. This collaboration within Centech’s innovation ecosystem has allowed Loto-Québec and HookMotion to establish the groundwork for a business relationship.

The Port of Montreal reinvents the visualization of its facilities

The Port of Montreal called on Centech to find a digital solution that would allow it to visualize its port facilities better. Through its collaboration with Centech’s Collision Lab, the Port of Montreal has become one of North America’s leading port innovation accelerators.

For partnerships and trusted artificial intelligence in critical environments

Thales, a global leader in advanced technologies, chose Centech as a partner to establish its AI@Centech accelerator and support the acceleration of 4 to 6 startups per year, contributing to a two-way exchange of advice, expertise, and access to beneficial technologies and business verticals. 

Our resources

Boreal Ventures

Boréal Ventures is a seed fund dedicated to financing Quebec companies specializing in high technology and applied sciences. The fund collaborates with Centech to identify the most promising technology companies in Quebec.

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

Located in the premises of Centech, the Montreal studio of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique welcomes around twenty new students each year to participate in the International Design Strategy program and obtain their master’s degree. Future designers experience a unique training, during which they work with and for startups and companies in the Centech innovation ecosystem.


The ENCQOR 5G project gives companies pre-commercial access to 5G in five cities in Quebec and Ontario, as a way to drive innovation. Centech hosts the ENCQOR 5G test site in Montreal, which has allowed many companies to carry out tests in 5G. The project has also allowed for renowned speakers to be invited to discuss 5G technologies.


Open innovation challenges

The Collision Lab and its corporate partners regularly launch calls for the innovation community to submit ideas that meet their growth challenges.

Completed - Last cohort in 2022

Centech 5G Development Hub

Created by Verizon and Centech, in collaboration with Bell Canada, the 5G Development Hub provides startups and scaleups with a unique opportunity to realize the transformative power of 5G and Mobile Edge Compute (MEC).

OPEN - Next cohort in 2023

AI@Centech, Thales corporate AI accelerator

AI@Centech is one of the corporate accelerators of the Thales Group. Its purpose is to co-develop innovative solutions with startups and SMBs for the five major markets served by the Group: digital identity and security, defence, aerospace, space and transport.

White paper : Open Innovation

Discover Collision Lab’s white paper about Open Innovation.

Community events

Explore upcoming events at Centech

Ready to collaborate?

Find out what open innovation can do for your business.