27 June 2017

A Winning Pairing for Four Sherbrooke Businesses: the Estrie-Preneur Program

As part of the Estrie-Preneur program, four Sherbrooke businesses were able to benefit from the volunteer contribution of Bishop’s University students for an eight-week internship that is now coming to an end. The program, a partnership between Desjardins, the Bishop’s University’s Williams School of Business, and the Dobson-Lagassé Entrepreneurship Centre, is finishing its second year and will be renewed for another three years, enabling another 12 businesses to seize this opportunity.

Maude Landry, Catherine Bachand-Laberge, Catherine Bouche, Guilherme Goncalves, Evelyne Vermette, André Duquette (Avizo), Brigitte Fortin (Exonetik), André Louiseize (Moteurs Électriques Gosselin), Claire Thuilleaux, Francine Turmel (Université Bishop’s), Alexia Dupuis-Gaudreau, Vincent Cloutier (Estrie-Preneur Program, Université Bishop’s), Sébastien Richer (Bio-Solutions CR) andJessy Melançon (Desjardins Entreprises)

On June 22, 2017, the companies gather the fruit of the hard work of the interns, in a presentation of the projects carried out during the last weeks. Small overview of companies and projects:

The company work on the implementation of a new ERP System. They appreciate the contribution of the two interns. The project was an update of the processes, as well as the creation of a dynamic account charter and internal control.

The two interns worked on a market develpment project via market analysis and marketing strategies to reach the company growth goals.

Exonetik trusted the two students for the entire review of its brand, what led to a reflexion about the company growth. The interns created a lot of marketing material.

Estrie-Preneur program allowed the company to provide with an action plan servo systems maintenance.


To participate, SME have to submit their project in the spring of each year. The selection committee will then pair them with interested students. Thereafter, the steps of the service offering, proposition and execution follow. Finally, the interns present their proposition to the entrepreneur, 8 weeks later. This year, committee had to choose among around 20 applications from students and 15 company projects to make winning pairings, aiming for a blend of expertise and academic knowledge.

» See press release

Source: Université Bishop’s et Sherbrooke Innopole
Photo credits: Sherbrooke Innopole

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