Entrepreneurship and investing
Support


Support Adapted to your Needs

Whatever the state of evolution of your business, the team at Sherbrooke Innopole can support, equip and finance you, in collaboration with its partners.

Sherbrooke Innopole’s mandate is to facilitate the implementation in Sherbrooke of any business of the industrial and high-value-added services sectors and to assume an advisory role to support their growth and stimulate innovation, among other objectives, with many programs.

Guidance services

 

Pre-commercialization

  • Validation of business opportunity
  • Access to a network of field experts
  • Information on intellectual property (patents, trademarks, etc.)
  • Help finding financial assistance
  • Identification of available resources to support the technological development of your product

 

Start-up

 

Localization

 

Productivity and innovation

 

HR / Training

  • Liaison between the University Pole, professional training centers, and companies for their qualified personnel and training needs
  • Information on trainee options
  • Identification of financial assistance and government grants for businesses
  • Workforce recruitment support in partnership with Emploi-Québec
  • Identification of organizations specialized in recruiting personnel
  • Organization of recruitment missions overseas
  • Préférence Estrie‘s mandate is to support the recruitment, integration and retention of specialized personnel in the region. The organization offers welcoming services, search for housing and services and support for the spouse’s job search for highly qualified new employees. Sherbrooke Innopole can provide access to these services to certain categories of businesses and jobs.

 

Expansion

  • Assistance performing a business diagnostic, identification of opportunities and threats including the actions to take (Diagnostic Expresso)
  • Assistance finding distributors, partners, and qualified labour force
  • Search for land, buildings, industrial space, and offices which meet specific needs
  • Identification of financial assistance capable of supporting your company growth
  • Access to a vast network of provincial, national, and global business contacts

 

Internationalization

International Networking

Every year, Sherbrooke Innopole selects and takes part in numerous international events related to one or the other of its 5 key sectors. It either joins a Quebec delegation or organizes its own, creating and strengthening bonds and personalized matchmaking within different international markets. Sherbrooke Innopole’s numerous business alliances and partnershipsgive it privileged access to a major contact network abroad which will facilitate your market diversification process.

  • Join in trade and recruitment missions overseas
  • Help in market diversification

Export

Sherbrooke Innopole has entrusted the mandate of accompanying Sherbrooke manufacturing companies with exportation projects to CQI. CQI provides a full range of services which include the following activities:

  • Prediagnostic assessment and export diagnosis
  • Support in new geographic market analysis
  • Commercialization plan – export markets
  • Identification of financial assistance and support in financial request application
  • Registration of companies with the various government databases
  • Identification of foreign distribution networks
  • Documentation and data on the various aspects related to export (rules and regulations, transfer, methods of payment, certification, etc.)
  • Analysis of costs incurred by export
  • Assistance adapting communication tools

 

Succession and transfer of ownership

Succession

  • Succession planning and development, from vision to implementation of the transfer
  • Preparation of the succession through individual or group meetings
  • Guidance workshops in companies
  • Access to information on succession financing programs for entrepreneurs

Sales and acquisition

  • Linkage between investors and manufacturing companies for sale
  • Support in the search for financing
  • Strictly confidential linkage between sellers and potential buyers

 

Créativité et innovation? c’est rentable!

Créativité et innovation? C’est rentable! is a program aimed at improving the innovation capacity of companies through the use of efficient methods and practical tools. This project is the result of close collaboration between two economic development organizations: Sherbrooke Innopole and Défi Innovation Estrie.

Guidance services

The program offered by Créativité et innovation? C’est rentable! will provide an accurate diagnosis of your strengths and weaknesses for innovation, training sessions adapted to the reality of small businesses, and business coaching. You will benefit from the services of a team of experts in the achievement of a concrete innovative project; all this in 3 steps.

  • Diagnosis of the business’ innovation potential
  • 5 group training capsules (Business innovation; looking for new ideas; implementation of an innovation project with milestones method; change management; commercialisation of innovations)
  • Business coaching in an innovation project

Contact us

Suzanne Fournier
sfournier@sherbrooke-innopole.com

 

Expresso Diagnostic

Our Expresso service leads entrepreneurs through a careful reflection on their firm’s strategic development, a reflective process headed by a team of highly qualified professionals composed of experts from various organizations including Sherbrooke Innopole, Emploi-Québec, and Québec’s Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation.

Guidance services

  • Detailed analysis of a company’s strengths and weaknesses including an analysis of the opportunities and threats presented by the external environment
  • Elaboration of strategic options
  • Identification of partners and resources required for each chosen option
  • An analysis of approximately 20 hours performed by experts in the field
  • Approximately 6 three-hour meetings on business premises
  • Stimulating interaction between corporate management and seasoned consultants

Contact us

Suzanne Fournier
sfournier@sherbrooke-innopole.com

 

Other Support Organizations

Pre-commercialization

Start-up

Productivity and Innovation

HR / Training

Expansion

  • Industry Canada
  • Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec (MESI Québec’s Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation)

Internationalization

Succession and transfer of ownership

  • Emploi-Québec
  • Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec (MESI Québec’s Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation)
  • Carrefour Capital

Networking