Propulsion Program

Designed for audacious companies

About the Propulsion Program

The Propulsion Program offers personalized support, focused on growth (for your startup). Companies taking part in the Propulsion Program benefit from the advice of our experts and Entrepreneurs in Residence to accelerate their development. 

  • 2 years
  • Private and open workspaces
  • Up to 35 000$ in grants and services for selected startups

Prerequisites of the Propulsion Program

To be eligible, your company must

  • ACCELERATION

    Have successfully completed the Acceleration Program

  • ESTABLISHED IN QUEBEC

    Be incorporated and registered under the Registraire des entreprises du Québec, and have its head office in the province of Québec.

  • KEY SECTORS

    Develop an important technological innovation in connection with Centech’s key sectors

  • VALIDATED SECTORS

    Have validated the proposed solution with potential customers and industry experts.

  • BUSINESS MODEL

    Have a well-defined business model and a clear go-to-market plan.

  • QUALIFIED TEAM

    Have put in place a team whose experience and expertise meet the needs of the project.

*In rare cases, it is possible for a company to enter the Propulsion Program without having completed the Acceleration Program.
This decision is made on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of Centech’s selection committee.

The Advantages of the Propulsion program

Up to $35,000 in scholarships and professional services

Participants in the Propulsion Program benefit from several financial advantages, including a $5,000 entrance grant offered by the National Bank, a $30,000 allowance for professional services, a privileged access to the Boréal Ventures investment fund as well as access to funding programs and grants reserved for Centech startups.

Dedicated support

All participating/supported companies benefit from personalized support from various experts, including an advisor, an Entrepreneur in Residence and a CFO in Residence. This means regular meetings and follow-ups to support your applications to obtain funding and grants, and to build and optimize both your business model and marketing strategy.

Advice from experienced external resources

As members of Centech’s innovation ecosystem, companies participating in the Propulsion Program have access to a network of potential partners, customers, service providers and seasoned investors. All supported companies have access to a funding expert, to the organizational psychology program, to the assistance program for entrepreneurs (EAP) and to many experts to support them in their growth.

Workspaces Designed for Entrepreneurs

Each incubated company has access to a dedicated workspace, an on-site manufacturing workshop (3D printers, etc.), several ÉTS laboratories, specialized software and all of Centech’s meeting rooms and facilities.

Exclusive Opportunities

Reach out to Quebec’s innovation community by participating in exclusive activities and events, taking part in open innovation projects with Collision Lab’s corporate members and benefiting from Centech’s visibility in the media

Propulsion Program : Key Figures

+30

startups selected each year

+400

entrepreneurs in the community of supported businesses

+600 M$

invested in incubated startups

Propulsion Program: Objectives

During your participation in Centech’s Propulsion Program, you’ll be able to:

Commercialisation

Commercialize your product

Development

Develop your solution and project your technological innovations

Structuration

Structure your business and build a performant team

Financement

Build a sustainable financial strategy

Deeptech

Products and solutions that rely on innovative technologies to respond to societal challenges and improve productivity.

Centech is particularly interested in companies developing deep tech solutions in the following industries:

  • Automation & Industry 4.0
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Telecommunications & Microelectronics
  • Energy & the Environment

Medtech

Medtech encompasses technological products and solutions aimed at improving health care, quality of life and medical techniques to ensure the well-being of all individuals in our society.

Coaches and Entrepreneurs in Residence

All participants in Centech’s programs benefit from the valuable advice of Centech’s Entrepreneurs in Residence (EeR). These successful entrepreneurs have been selected for their expertise and inspiring journey.

Daleyne Guay

Entrepreneur in residence - Tech

Doryne Bourque

Entrepreneur in residence - Tech

Isabelle Bettez

Entrepreneur in residence - Tech

Jean-Pierre Robert

Entrepreneur in residence - Medtech

Martin Enault

Chief - Entrepreneur in residence

Patrick d’Astous

Investor in residence

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Boréal Ventures

Boréal Ventures is a seed fund dedicated to funding Quebec companies specialized in advanced technology and applied sciences. The fund works with Centech to identify the most promising technology companies in Quebec / to identify Quebec’s most promising tech companies.

Discover the Acceleration Program

All incubated companies have completed the Acceleration Program prior to entering the Propulsion Program. Submit your technological project to take part in the Acceleration Program’s next cohort. This is your opportunity to take advantage of key resources, essential to take your entrepreneurial project to the next level!

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