As part of the call for projects that the city launched in August, 11 non-profit organizations were selected to deliver business projects focussing on ecological transition. These projects involved both creating new businesses and supporting start-ups or technology transfer.
This call for projects, with a $2 million budget over two years, was launched as part of the program to consolidate the entrepreneurial life cycle in the ecological transition. Out of 23 submissions, these projects were selected:
- Ecological transition campus: A place Parc Jean-Drapeau where new companies can test out their solution in a real environment.
- Centech: Educating 400 entrepreneurs and training 200 start-ups in the foundations of sustainable development and designing products ecologically before projects begin.
- Conseil d’économie sociale de l’île de Montréal (CESIM): Supporting 10 to 15 start-ups accompagner in creating innovative social and circular economy projects.
- Coop Carbone: Supporting start-ups in finding sustainable mobility and logistics solutions through the Mobis accelerator.
- Écotech Québec: Matching 6 companies with an environmental footprint issue with organizations offering a clean technology solution.
- Esplanade, in collaboration with Momentum: Supporting 20 to 24 start-ups in marketing climate action projects.
- Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM): Supporting the creation of ecological transition companies and encouraging new talent to take action.
- La Vague: Piloting a tangible ecological transition with 40 food service businesses (alternatives to single-use plastic)
- Machinerie des arts: Promoting ecological transition solution transfer and implementing these solutions in the arts community.
- Polytechnique: Educating 3,000 students about clean technology entrepreneurship and providing support for 30 university projects.
- Vestechpro: Implementing management strategies for collecting and reusing textile waste within 10 small companies in the garment industry.
Companies at the heart of the ecological transition
Through this program, the city wants to increase the number of companies that develop products or solutions around the ecological transition and promote the future growth of this stream. This is one of the objectives of the Montréal 2030 strategic plan, which aims to boost Montréal’s economic, social and ecological resilience, and of the 2020-2030 Climate Plan, which sets out carbon neutrality targets to achieve by 2050.