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A group of professionals who have joined forces with one goal in mind:
to help your startup reach the next level by providing
legal, leadership, financial, marketing and strategic advice.

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Think you have what it takes? Apply now!

BUSINESS PROFILE?

  • Criterion 1: Maturity: successful market entry, strong growth, full-time team and expected profitability within 36 months
  • Criterion 2: Innovation: your products, services, business model or marketing strategy are innovative
  • Criterion 3: Social impact: positive contribution or influence in the community

WHEN?

  • 19th April: Applications open
  • 21th may: Applications Close
  • 24th May - 4th June: Pre-selection of start-ups
  • 17th June: Presentation and selection of four start-ups
  • Mid June: Program starts

WHAT SERVICES?

60 hours of consulting services over a twelve-month period:
  • Financial and strategic advisory offered by Accuracy
  • Legal support offered by Lavery
  • Digital marketing advisory offered by Bloom
  • Coaching in organizational performance offered by the Esprit de Corps Group


Who we are

Meet the professional advisors that will help you

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Bloom helps companies grow online with proven digital strategies and innovation

BLOOM
Marketing Strategy

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Lavery is a strategic growth partner of corporations doing business in Quebec—a tradition that has been firmly rooted in its heritage and history for well over 100 years

Lavery
Business Law

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Accuracy is an international firm providing strategic and financial consulting to companies in various industries

Accuracy
Strategy and Finance

Lynda Smith

Groupe Esprit de Corps is a consulting agency specialized in leadership coaching, team mobilization and the emergence of corporate culture, founded in 2002 by Gilles Barbot.

Esprit de Corps
Leadership

Why You Should Apply

An entrepreneurial adventure is made up of a series of critical moments during which startups must not only survive, but strive. Let our combined expertises help you prepare for sustainable growth.

Legal

Due diligence of the legal requirements for your fundraising or training on the legal issues faced by entrepreneurs.

Financial

Preparation and/or critical review of your business model, elaboration of a financial and operational monitoring dashboard or validation of your cost price.

Leadership

Support to maximize your interpersonal communication skills in order to better present your project and mobilize your team.

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Marketing

Review, revise and develop your marketing plan with the strategic advice of experts based on proven tactics and innovation.

How to Apply

Applications for the next season of the Zone Bleue program are now open. If your startup meets the 3 criteria shown below, consider applying for the program today!



Please provide a short video (1 to 2 minutes max) that explains your startup and helps you stand out as an entrepreneur.

Criterion 1: Maturity:

- Having successfully entered the market

- and, having generated revenues

- and, forecasting strong growth and expecting profitability in the short-term (24-36 months)

- and, having already formed a team (beyond the founders)

Criterion 2: Innovation

- Offer new products and services of an innovative / avant-garde nature (e.g., fill a gap or improve the offering available on the market)

- and/or innovate and improve the business model of a given market segment (e.g., accelerate the digital shift, improve sustainability, change the business model, etc.)

- and/or reinvent the marketing strategy of a market segment and/or acquire new types of customers for existing market segments

Criterion 3: Social Impact

- Offer new products and services that have a positive social impact (e.g., corporate vision with a certain ambition of social responsibility and/or sustainable development, combating climate change, etc.)

- and/or include ESG factors in its internal policies and management or have a concrete plan to include them in the future (e.g., high ethical standards, emphasis on diversity and inclusion, etc.)

- and/or engage, contribute or positively influence the broader community (e.g., indirect impacts on society, economic benefits for Quebec, outreach to Quebec abroad, etc.)

Jury and Events

The Zone Bleue team is assisted by a jury of experts made up of professionals from various backgrounds and whose role it is to determine the 4 startups that will be part of the Zone Bleue program. Throughout the year, the selected entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet each of the judges and benefit from their experience.

Jury 2021-2022

Damien Silès

Damien Silès

General Manager
Quartier de l’innovation

Frantz Saintellemy

Frantz Saintellemy

President & COO LeddarTech
Co-founder Groupe 3737

Danièle Henkel

Danièle Henkel

Founder

Danièle Henkel Inc.

Bicha Ngo

Bicha Ngo

Senior EVP, Private Placements
Investissement Québec

Andrei Uglar

Andrei Uglar

Co-founder
Smart Reno

Jury Past Cohorts

Normand Provost

Normand Provost

Membre de plusieurs Conseils d’Administration

Catherine Beauchemin

Catherine Beauchemin

CDPQ

Benjamin du Haÿs

Benjamin du Haÿs

Mobeewave

Sylvain Lumbroso

Sylvain Lumbroso

Anges Québec

Dominique Boies

Dominique Boies

Enerkem

Nadia Martel

Nadia Martel

SherWeb

Patricia Châteauneuf

Patricia Châteauneuf

Radio-Canada

Alexandre Sieber

Alexandre Sieber

Investissement Québec

Guillaume Marcant

Guillaume Marcant

Décathlon Canada

Rodolphe Barrere

Rodolphe Barrere

POTLOC

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