Sherbrooke Innopole

Productive Partnerships

Now, more than ever, Sherbrooke has firmly established itself as a major global innovation hub. In fulfilling its role as a para-municipal corporation dedicated to the economic development, Sherbrooke Innopole is working with numerous partners, at local and international level, to accomplish its mission and generate significant economic returns to the community.

Through partnerships with France, Sweden, Wales, and Belgium, Sherbrooke Innopole paves the way for Sherbrooke businesses that want to explore new markets and helps foreign companies set up business within the area.

Regional Partners

International Partners


Regional Partners


Accélérateur de création d’entreprises technologiques

The Accélérateur de création d’entreprises technologiques (ACET – Accelerator for the creation of technological businesses) mission is to help university students create innovating commercial enterprises. Established by the Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke University) and its partners, the non-profit organization targets particularly novel student projects that respond to market needs and provides them with personalized support.


  • Start-up support
  • Seminars and training in marketing, technological development and communication
  • Pairing with coaches and business environment specialists



Centre de transfert d’entreprise du Québec


The mission of the Centre de transfert d’entreprise du Québec (CTEQ – Business Transition Centre) is to address the issues of management succession, business staging, and business transition. Sherbrooke Innopole is working in collaboration with the CTEQ to ensure the durability of businesses in the Estrie region.


  • Coaching transferors and transferees in the business transfer or purchase process
  • Consulting regarding business staging
  • Access to INDEX, a platform that lists transferors, transferees, consultants, and business transfer experts
  • Training for transferors and transferees


Corporation de développement économique communautaire (CDEC) de Sherbrooke

The Corporation de développement économique communautaire (CDEC) of Sherbrooke accompanies social promoters through every socio-economic business phase.

Business Counseling Services

  • Supporting the development of promoter’s business idea
  • Business plan development support for groups of promoters
  • Help finding financial assistance
  • Analysis of the files of groups of promoters wanting to deposit a request for the Aide technique du Réseau d’investissement social du Québec (RISQ)
  • Assistance developing an action plan inspired by the business plan and assistance adapting monitoring tools for standard business operations
  • Tools and coaching to facilitate business management
  • Regular managerial follow-ups to facilitate the beginning of operations
  • Managerial accompaniment in their steps towards attaining their objectives



The city of Sherbrooke is bustling with opportunities and has a strong potential for widespread international outreach. CQI offers free export consulting and support services to help companies attain strategic international positioning. 


  • Individual meetings
  • Specialized accompaniment
  • Support in market prospecting
  • Assistance in preparing an export plan
  • Assistance adapting communication tools
  • Numerous export-related business activities


Défi Innovation Estrie

Défi Innovation Estrie offers second line services, specialized in innovation support for Estrie manufacturing companies and their strategic suppliers.


  • Awareness-building measures
  • Business diagnosis
  • Access to innovation support services
  • Reference, cross-referral , and networking • Create and lead an innovation consultant-network
  • Monitor innovation support programs and available resources
  • College and university student apprenticeships in companies and hiring of graduates
  • Creativity and innovation training for companies


Dobson-Lagassé Entrepreneurship Centre

The Dobson-Lagassé Entrepreneurship Centre fulfills two main functions: foster training and the practice of entrepreneurship with the student population of Bishop University, notably by various courses and training activities, conferences and networking activities, and participate to the development of entrepreneurship in the Sherbrooke community.


Espace-inc, accelerator/incubator

Sherbrooke’s innovative business accelerator/incubator, Espace-inc, is an entrepreneurial living space and a startup accelerator. It offers various support programs to propel startup businesses.


  • Personalized coaching
  • All-inclusive work spaces
  • Administrative support
  • Training and networking activities


Pro-Gestion Estrie

Pro-Gestion Estrie welcomes project promoters who have a business plan and accompanies them throughout the pre-start-up and start-up phases. PGE also manages the regional integration program (PRI) for the Estrie region.

Accompaniment services

  • Entrepreneurship initiation and field experience
  • Start-up support
  • Management support
  • Internet training
  • Administrative management training


TransferTech Sherbrooke

TransferTech Sherbrooke
TransferTech Sherbrooke’s mandate (formerly SOCPRA) is to commercially valorize the skills of researchers and innovations resulting from Université de Sherbrooke research. Sherbrooke Innopole has joined forces with TransferTech to generate significant economic benefits for the region. Sherbrooke Innopole partners with TransferTech in promoting its technology portfolio with the objective of fostering the creation of innovative companies in Sherbrooke.


  • Management of intellectual property resulting from Université de Sherbrooke research
  • Inventors / industry relations
  • Technology transfer support
  • Bring potential technologies to market


International Partners


International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

Sherbrooke Innopole is a member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP). This non-profit organization aims to stimulate the growth, reach, and effectiveness of its more than 400 members throughout the world. The IASP has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Sherbrooke has two science parks that are members of the IASP: the Sherbrooke Science Park and the Université de Sherbrooke’s Parc Innovation.


Life Sciences Hub Wales

Life Sciences Hub Wales
Life Sciences Hub Wales and Sherbrooke Innopole signed a memorandum of understanding in 2015 to be partners in the life sciences sector, thus supporting the growth of innovative businesses in their respective areas, particularly regarding the development of new markets, and fostering exchanges between research institutes, universities, and health care institutions.

Created by the Welsh government in July 2014, Life Sciences Hub Wales has the task to promote interaction, innovation, networking, and collaboration with the goal of accelerating the growth of the life sciences sector. The organization includes academic institutions, research and health care facilities, businesses, and investment companies.


LifeTechValley, Belgium

LifeTechValley and Sherbrooke Innopole started their collaboration in 2015 with a goal to reinforce and foster the co‑operation among the stakeholders in the life sciences and health care ecosystem – businesses, research centres, universities, and hospitals – in Sherbrooke, Québec, and Limburg, Belgium.

Created in 2008, LifeTechValley is working to connect different stakeholders from the business, research, and government sectors through technical support and targeted initiatives to accelerate the development of life sciences and medical technologies in the Limburg region.


Medicon Village, Sweden

Medicon Village
Medicon Village AB and Sherbrooke Innopole have been working together since 2013 to encourage and promote the life sciences hubs in Lund, Sweden, and in Sherbrooke, Québec. The memorandum of understanding aims to facilitate and reinforce co-operation and exchanges in terms of both research and business.

Medicon Village is a complex devoted to research, innovation, and business in the life sciences field. The site, covering 80 000 m2 of leased space where researchers and entrepreneurs interact and located near several research centres, is conducive to collaboration and innovation. More than 850 people work in the Village, seeking to improve the health and well-being of the population.


Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, France

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and Sherbrooke Innopole have been economic partners since 2009. The collaboration agreement between the two organizations aims to foster the growth of innovative businesses in their respective areas and to be mutually supportive in terms of economic development.

Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole covers 31 municipalities and more than 434 000 inhabitants around the City of Montpellier. The city has a profile similar to Sherbrooke’s, with a high value-added economy, competitiveness hubs, a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem, and three universities.


Other Support Organizations

  • National Research Council Canada (NRC)
  • Service d’appui à la recherche, à l’innovation et à la création (SARIC)
  • Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations (MEIE Québec’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exportations)
  • Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE)
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)