Blog

Innovation 101 – Ecere Corporation

Being an entrepreneur isn’t something you necessarily learn in school. Of course, training helps improving your knowledge and your skills, but the key element is to love what you do. This is precisely what characterizes Jérôme Jacovella-St-Louis, founder of Ecere Corporation, a company that offers a wide range of complementary software. Background A video games enthusiast since high school, Jérôme dreamed of making the most of his passion and creating his own game. He therefore got on with the task and,...

Innovation 101 – Ferme Chapeau Melon

Creating a business that looks like yourself is not a simple task. You have to face several challenges to succeed. François Biron, owner of the Ferme Chapeau Melon, was able to question and position himself to build his own business. Some history  From Chicoutimi, François Biron earns a bachelor's degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in plant biology from the Université Laval. With his degrees in hand, he moved in the Outaouais region to work for the Department of Agriculture....

Innovation 101 – Fairfield Circuitry

There is no perfect timing to start a business. Sometimes you just have to get started like Guillaume Fairfield did. His passion for sound and music led him to found Fairfield Circuitry. Some history In 2006, Guillaume Fairfield graduated in Electronic Engineering Technology from La Cité college. At the beginning of his career, he worked for the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). For a while, ideas had been sprouting in his head, projects that passionate him. At that time, he...

Innovation 101 – Recollective

Starting a business is a challenge of its own, but knowing how to grow it is another. However, Alfred Jay, Ramius' founder, has done it. His commitment and his ability to innovate were instrumental in overcoming the different obstacles encountered during his journey. Alfred Jay, Ramius founder Some history Founded in 1998, Ramius developed specialized softwares to manage online communities for general collaboration purposes. Its first two products were designed to support internal communications within companies. This was a very large market,...

The journey of an incubé – Episode 5

PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK: PLAGIO Discover the five graduating start-ups of the 2019 Elan Program, watch their pitch, and learn about their experience as a Cilex incubé. For this last episode, we talk with Michel Favre, Plagio founder! https://cilex.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Plagio_DEF.mp4   1- What has motivated you to launch your project? While following a course on plagiocephaly, I realized that the methods for the precise evaluation of cranial deformations were hard to do and that it was possible to automatize them. Having a computer background,...

The journey of an incubé – Episode 4

PORTRAIT DE LA SEMAINE: HOME WE DESIGN Découvrez les cinq startups finissantes du programme Élan 2019, visionnez leurs pitchs et apprenez leurs retours d'expérience en tant qu'incubées à Cilex. Pour ce quatrième épisode, on poursuit avec Patrice Bernard (témoignage), co-fondateur de Home We Design avec Nadya Bernard (pitch)! https://cilex.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Home-We-Design_DEF.mp4   1- Qu'est-ce qui vous a motivé à lancer votre projet? [Patrice Bernard] Ce qui m’a motivé est le fait que, dans les magasins de grande surface, les clients n’avaient pas accès à des conseillers en...

The journey of an incubé – Episode 3

PORTRAIT DE LA SEMAINE: OURides Découvrez les cinq startups finissantes du programme Élan 2019, visionnez leurs pitchs et apprenez leurs retours d'expérience en tant qu'incubées à Cilex. Pour ce troisième épisode, on poursuit avec Jonathan Lefebvre, fondateur de OURides ! https://cilex.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OURides_DEF.mp4   1- Qu'est-ce qui vous a motivé à lancer votre projet? Quand j’ai eu l’idée d’OURides pendant l’été 2017, je me suis dit: « Si je ne fais pas ce projet, quelqu’un d’autre va le faire certain ! ». C’est à ce moment-là...

The journey of an incubé – Episode 2

PORTRAIT DE LA SEMAINE: ECOVISTA Découvrez les cinq startups finissantes du programme Élan 2019, visionnez leurs pitchs et apprenez leurs retours d'expérience en tant qu'incubées à Cilex. Pour ce deuxième épisode, on poursuit avec Vincent Quirion (témoignage) et Jean-Michel Moreau (pitch), fondateurs de Ecovista! https://cilex.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Ecovista_DEF-1.mp4   1- Qu'est-ce qui vous a motivé à lancer votre projet? [Vincent Quirion] J'ai toujours voulu être entrepreneur et j'ai vu une opportunité intéressante dans le domaine du service résidentiel. Ayant toujours eu peur de me lancer seul, j'ai...

The journey of an incubé – Episode 1

PORTRAIT DE LA SEMAINE: VECTAC Découvrez les cinq startups finissantes du programme Élan 2019, visionnez leurs pitchs et apprenez leurs retours d'expérience en tant qu'incubées à Cilex. Cette semaine, on démarre avec Martin Maheux, fondateur de Vectac! https://cilex.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Vectac_DEF.mp4   1- Qu'est-ce qui vous a motivé à lancer votre projet? Par passion, mais l’élément déclencheur a été ma perception des méthodes de travail utilisées par les cabinets comptables. Présentement, il y a beaucoup de tâches qui peuvent être automatisées et donner cette direction aux cabinets...

photo equipe

Rake Around: The union of the digital and the urban agriculture

STARTUP PROFILE Founded in February 2016, Rake Around develops technological solutions to counter obstacles in the urban agriculture sector. Their objective is to democratize the agrifood system by increased participation of the micro and small urban fresh food producers while facilitating city dwellers’ access to their products. It is a splendid manner to combine the hyper-local and the digital to create a personalized online market of local fresh food and products, effective and user-friendly. It is an ambitious project developed since...