DEL is transferring its enterprise accelerator to the Longueuil Campus of UdeS and becoming a member of forces there to deliver SMEs nearer to college analysis.

At the beginning of the new academic year, DEL (Economic Development of the Agglomeration of Longueuil) is now accepting startups from its business accelerator at the Longueuil Campus of the University of Sherbrooke (UdeS).
In addition to this shift, there is also the concretization of the agreement in principle agreed with UdeS aimed at the allocation of a new consultant within the agglomeration from the business partnership group to stimulate innovation through a network of businesses and researchers.
The two projects, each lasting three years, strengthen the long-standing partnership between the educational institution and the official economic development corporation of the Longueuil agglomeration. Business Accelerator
Formerly located on the 2nd floor of the Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke metro station, the DEL business accelerator is a transformative space for the development of downtown Longueuil, combining all the conditions that promote the creativity, productivity and innovation of entrepreneurial startups. UPS. Strategically located near Montreal and offering easy access to public transportation, the accelerator finds itself in an extraordinary environment where knowledge, ideas and skills converge. In total, three separate buildings with a total area of ​​more than 3,000 square meters offer both co-working spaces and conference rooms, thus meeting the needs of the startup community on Montreal’s south shore. This transfer is valid for three years. Remember that DEL founded an accelerator 5 years ago and since then more than 200 young companies have been supported.
business partnership group
The business partnership project, which aims to democratize university research among SMEs, allows the Université de Sherbrooke to connect its research facilities with 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 project aims to support 200 different businesses, implement 75 innovation projects in SMEs, which is an investment of about 5 million dollars by businesses and various governments.
“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, General Manager of DEL (Développement économique de l’agglomeration de Longueuil).
“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”, said Serge Beaudoin, Director of UdeS Business Partnerships Group.

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