Innovation, Partnership, Entrepreneurship
The Université de Sherbrooke at the Heart of a Major Entrepreneurship Hub
Sherbrooke, le 16 novembre 2015 – Developing the refrigeration system of the future, inventing a new class of analgesics, designing the next generation of self-driving cars, or creating a revolutionary construction material—these are all concrete achievements that could emanate from Sherbrooke’s entrepreneurship hub, a major strategy launched today to support and assist up-and-coming entrepreneurs and contribute to local development. In total, investments of some $60 million will be allocated to it over a 10-year period.
“Our strategy is based on our teaching and research initiatives, as well as our close links with local stakeholders to foster the development of a major entrepreneurship hub in Sherbrooke. In a word, we want to connect entrepreneurship with science to support innovation,” explained the Université de Sherbrooke’s Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jacques Beauvais.
“We feel drawn by the mobilization of the community to revive an entrepreneurial culture,” noted the President, Professor Luce Samoisette. Known as one of the universities most actively involved in research in Canada and in the heart of one of Quebec’s three major research hubs, the UdeS wants to triple its research partnerships, double the number of inventions in the marketing phase, and double the number of spin-off companies in the Accélérateur de création d’entreprises technologiques (ACET—accelerator for the creation of technological businesses). “ACET’s spectacular results have led us to make it the cornerstone of our strategy,” added the Rector. “Since its creation in 2011, ACET has helped more than 50 companies whose value is estimated at some $62 million and that have generated about 170 jobs.”
The UdeS, a driving force for innovation
Several years ago, the UdeS began converting some of the best ideas from the work of its researchers and students into entrepreneurship projects and partnerships. This new strategy has enabled the university to develop a closer relationship with businesses seeking access to its research infrastructure.
A 10-point strategy
The UdeS’s approach features a series of key assets that will make it possible to:
- focus efforts in certain key sectors such as quantum technologies, information technologies, transportation and renewable energies, as well as medical technologies;
- incorporate the experiences of industry leaders and veteran entrepreneurs within research teams;
- provide grants for the production of prototypes and proofs of concept to accelerate the marketing of technological innovations;
- support entrepreneurship and partnerships through its cooperative education model;
- build a design studio for engineering student projects and make its laboratories and its research and manufacturing equipment more accessible to companies;
- 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;
- strengthen relationships with economic development organizations;
- play a role in regional milieus promoting innovation and creativity;
- train a future generation of entrepreneurs through its new programs offered to students in all disciplines and create an environment that stimulates creativity and an innovative spirit;
- increasingly work with elementary and high school students to interest them in both pursuing scientific careers and developing an entrepreneurial spirit.
The Université de Sherbrooke indicated its intentions in 2014 when it created the first vice-presidency in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the country to reflect its unique partner ecosystem that encompasses both fundamental and applied research, technology transfer, and social innovation as well as the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the university.
About the Université de Sherbrooke
The Université de Sherbrooke is in the heart of one of Quebec’s three major research hubs. Known for its sense of innovation, the Université de Sherbrooke is a key partner of senior and regional governments in the promotion of economic, cultural, and social development. It has garnered a reputation due to, among other things, the strong growth in its research activities in recent years, its successes in technology transfers, as well as its initiatives in entrepreneurship and open innovation in collaboration with industry and social milieus.
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Jean-François Duval, Media Relations Advisor
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