We Stand Out
Over the last 15 years, the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) recorded the highest level of growth in research income of all Canadian universities with faculties of medicine. Our strength lies with connecting technology transfer with entrepreneurial initiatives and open innovation.
Over the next 10 years, we will triple our research partnerships, double the number of inventions brought to market, and double the number of spinoffs in the Accélérateur de création d’entreprises technologiques (ACET).
“We connect entrepreneurship with science to support innovation.”
Jacques Beauvais, Université de Sherbrooke’s Vice-President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
UdeS: a driving force for innovation
UdeS is turning some of the best ideas from the work of its researchers and students into entrepreneurship projects and partnerships. This strategy has enabled the university to develop a closer relationship with businesses seeking access to its research infrastructure.
At the Heart of a Major Entrepreneurship Hub
The Sherbrooke region is an ideal location for entrepreneurs that moves at their pace and rhythm. With its incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces, Sherbrooke stands out as the province’s third largest entrepreneurial hub. According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, this collaborative vision and vibrant ecosystem have placed Sherbrooke in the top five major Canadian cities for starting up and growing a business.
Innovation, Partnerships, Entrepreneurship
A 10-point strategy
- We train future generations of entrepreneurs through new programs offered to students in all disciplines and create an environment that stimulates creativity and an innovative spirit.
- We increasingly work with elementary- and high-school students to interest them both in pursuing scientific careers and developing an entrepreneurial spirit.
- We support entrepreneurship and partnerships through our cooperative education model.
Enactus Université de Sherbrooke
The Enactus team (Entrepreneurial Action for US all) is a social entrepreneurship group that stands out for its concrete projects in the community. The second time it took part in the national Enactus competition in May, the young Université de Sherbrooke team won many prizes and ranked among the top 20 Canadian teams. In addition to this performance, it won the Recruit of the Year award at the national level.
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Chaire de recherche sur l’intérêt des jeunes à l’égard des sciences et de la technologie (Research chair on youth interest in science and technology)
Over the last 5 years, this initiative has impacted some 3000 students and more than 350 individuals, as well as teachers and members of school administrations. The spillover effects of the entrepreneurial projects conducted in classrooms have resulted in the development of enhanced student self-confidence, teamwork ability, and a sense of responsibility. The students were more motivated by school and the topics covered in class, which they also used in conducting their entrepreneurial projects.
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New programs in entrepreneurship in the Business School and the Faculty of Engineering
Since 2015, the teams of students enrolled in entrepreneurship at the Business School have had to create, operate, and dissolve a business, starting in their first year of training. In the Faculty of Engineering, the aspects of business intelligence, adjustment to market needs, and planning business models have been integrated into the design of innovative products.
- We incorporate the experience of industry leaders and veteran entrepreneurs into research teams.
- We strengthen relationships with economic-development organizations.
- We support dynamic ecosystems fostering innovation and creativity
Coop Work Term and Placement Services
In 1966, the Université de Sherbrooke was the first Quebec institution to implement the cooperative approach in its programs. Each year, students take part in nearly 4000 cooperative internships in about 1000 businesses and organizations of all kinds in Quebec, Canada, and even elsewhere in the world. As a result, the Université de Sherbrooke ranks second in Canada and among the top ten institutions of higher learning in North America for the scope of this teaching approach.
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MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI)
C2MI is an international center for collaboration and innovation in the MEMS and encapsulation sector. It serves as the critical link between applied research and the commercialization of microelectronics products. The collaboration and synergy between the center’s active members enable them to get tomorrow’s prototypes rapidly to market.
Centre de technologies avancées BRP–UdeS
CTA—which teams Bombardier Recreational Products & Vehicles (BRP) with the Université de Sherbrooke—is a Canadian leader in in the development of specialized vehicles and advanced technologies in the fields of transportation electrification, predictive engineering, noise and vibration management, and vehicle dynamics.
Unité mixte internationale - Laboratoire Nanotechnologies & Nanosystèmes
UMI-LN2 is a bilateral France–Canada research unit aimed at bolstering scientific and technological cooperation through student exchanges and bilateral research projects. This laboratory connects Université de Sherbrooke expertise in microelectronics to about 20 national and private laboratories in France.
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Entreprendre Sherbrooke is a response to the issue of creating an entrepreneurial community in Sherbrooke by forging close collaboration between the City of Sherbrooke and the Université de Sherbrooke. This project aims at developing a strategy centered on the entrepreneur. The concept was launched to get institutions and organizations to help entrepreneurs, listen to their needs, and collaborate on their initiatives.
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- We provide grants to produce prototypes and proofs of concept to accelerate bringing technological innovations to market.
- We are building a design studio for engineering-student projects and making our laboratories and our research/manufacturing equipment more accessible to industry.
- We focus efforts in certain key sectors such as quantum technologies, information technologies, transportation, and renewable energies, as well as medical technologies.
- We stimulate and support entrepreneurship projects emerging from multidisciplinary initiatives, such as collaboration between medical and engineering students to develop medical technologies to meet pressing needs in the health sector.
Accélérateur de création d’entreprises technologiques (ACET)
Since its creation, ACET has had a hand in establishing more than 60 businesses that have an estimated worth of $80 million and have generated more than 200 jobs. ACET was launched in March 2011 with a mission of stimulating, facilitating, and accelerating the creation of innovative businesses generating jobs by transforming projects into businesses and by helping applicants become entrepreneurs. The emergence of viable and sustainable businesses as well as independent entrepreneurs in the region creates wealth and worth in our society.
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The Université de Sherbrooke’s Institut quantique (IQ) brings together world leaders in research and interdisciplinary training in quantum technologies and science. IQ is a collaborative environment at the interface between quantum informatics, quantum materials, and quantum engineering that offers students, its members, and partners exceptional scientific and professional opportunities. In 2015, IQ researchers received $33.5 million in support for the next seven years under Canada First Research Excellence Fund’s “From Quantum Science to Quantum Technologies” project, an ambitious strategy aimed at meeting the needs of the digital era in the 21st century.
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Desjardins Entrepreneurial Accelerator
With the Desjardins Entrepreneurial Accelerator, the Université de Sherbrooke’s Business School aims to boost the entrepreneurial spirit of students throughout their training. Various measures will be implemented to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem: building of their business project, personal coaching, support of student initiatives in entrepreneurship, and the opportunity to partner with existing projects.