Since the beginning of the academic year, the Longueuil Campus of the University of Sherbrooke welcomes young shoots (startups) from the business accelerator of the agglomeration of Longueuil (DEL). In addition, a new advisor from the business partnership team is now dedicated to this mission at the site to stimulate innovation through business and researcher networking.
This is actually the implementation of an agreement in principle agreed with UdeS for a period of three years, aimed at strengthening the long-standing cooperative relationship between the educational institution and the economic development of the Longueuil agglomeration.
The LED business accelerator brings together all the conditions that encourage the creativity, productivity and innovation of young entrepreneurial buds. Founded 5 years ago, it has supported more than 200 young companies since then.
Formerly located at 2e The floor of the Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke metro station, a transformative space for the development of downtown Longueuil, will benefit from a new bubbling environment where accelerating knowledge, ideas and skills come together. Strategically located near Montreal, it will continue to offer easy access to public transportation with its planned relocation to the Longueuil Campus within three years. With three separate buildings of more than 3000 square meters.2 offering both co-working spaces and conference rooms, the accelerator will thus be able to meet the needs of employees. startups From Montreal’s South Shore.
Promoting SME innovation through partnership research
Aiming to democratize university research among SMEs, the Business Partnership Group enables Université de Sherbrooke’s research facilities to be linked to companies with innovation projects. University research, often perceived as unaffordable and reserved for large companies, can offer real answers to the problems of SMEs, which make up 95% of businesses in Quebec. Specifically, the Business Partnerships Group aims to support 200 different businesses and implement 75 innovation projects in SMEs with a total investment of nearly 5 million USD by businesses and various governments.
“Université de Sherbrooke has been involved in the agglomeration of Longueuil since 1989. Our partnership with this community goes far beyond the training programs offered at the Longueuil Campus. This new strategic agreement will allow us to perfectly coordinate our activities with organizations to promote their innovation through the implementation of partnership research projects. This initiative will be a big step in facilitating networking between the ecosystem of the agglomeration and the extensive research resources of UdeS”, says Serge Beaudoin, director of the UdeS business partnership group.
“We owe it to our entrepreneurs who are starting up or are in the growth stage. Through our strategic partnership with UdeS, we give them easier access to the academic and research environment, thus increasing their competitiveness”, says Julie Ethier, executive director of DEL (Economic Development of Longueuil Agglomeration).
Economic Development of the Longueuil Agglomeration (DEL) is a non-profit organization that offers its services to all the cities of the Longueuil agglomeration. Its mission is to promote the success of businesses in the Longueuil agglomeration by offering them specialized business support and to encourage investment to create significant economic and social impacts in the area. For more information: www.delagglo.ca/fr