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District 3 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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District 3 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship puts the necessary tools, resources and knowledge in the hands of innovation leaders and entrepreneurs to move from idea to impact with confidence. In 2016, District 3 was awarded the Startup Canada Entrepreneur Award for the Quebec region.

District 3 is a community dedicated to collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship. Located in a vibrant workspace, Concordia’s students, faculty, and alumni collaborate across disciplines on challenging, real world initiatives, transforming bold ideas into a positive impact for society.

The Center strives to:

  • Create a hub for all players in the Montreal innovation ecosystem to collaborate
  • Help develop innovation and entrepreneurship skills for students, faculty and alumni
  • Support teams and product development
  • Collaborate with Concordia’s alumni as experts and mentors

Take a tour of the District 3 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We host tours every Friday! 

Main components of District 3

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Innovation Projects: Innovation Projects are three-month full-time internships where students from all faculties will be challenged to create innovative solutions for industry-mandated projects.

Startup Incubator: District 3 offers startup programs where entrepreneurs gain the tools, resources and knowledge at every stage of their development — whether it’s validating their ideas and business model, developing the first marketable prototype or acquiring new customers.

Research Commercialization: District 3 provides services for researchers to develop and commercialize a product derived from life sciences or engineering innovations. By offering access to experts, coaches, and mentors, the program provides researchers with customized content and guidance based on their needs and stage of development. District 3’s level 1 Biolab offers researchers the equipment needed to work on their projects.

Knowledge Space: Dedicated Concordia faculty members offer cutting-edge theoretical and practical research in best practices in innovation and entrepreneurship, providing a set of tools and methods to effectively “think outside the box.”

Creativity: District 3’s Particles Design Lab provides individuals the tools and design methods needed to solve problems creatively, as well as provides invaluable experience in the idea-to-prototype process through collaborating with emerging experts in the ecosystem.

A Social Space: Concordia community members interested in innovation and entrepreneurship meet and learn about activities and initiatives in the District 3 ecosystem — or they can simply enjoy a cup of coffee in a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere.

Why District 3?

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District 3 meets students’ needs for practical experience that is vital to securing employment after graduation. With District 3’s guidance, an entrepreneurial idea might even lead to a breakthrough start-up business.

For alumni and leaders, Concordia offers valuable resources to transform ideas into material impact for our society. Prototyping and user-validation have never been cheaper, faster or easier. With a skilled multidisciplinary team working hard toward a common goal, there is practically no limit to what can be achieved.

For Quebec and Canada, there is no doubt: innovation and entrepreneurship are essential to ongoing prosperity and growth. Through District 3, Concordia can contribute!

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