Esplanade’s mission is gather and support an ambitious community of entrepreneurs, organizations and citizens to address together the unprecedented social, environmental and economic challenges of our time.
March 2017
The two winners of the "solidarity desk" contest

Congratulations to Florence & Thibault, who just won the Solidarity desks contest with their projects Beland Immigration and Chef 514. Béland Immigration aims to enhance individual mobility by offering immigration aid services. The second project - Chef 514 - aspires to connect chefs from Québec with local producers to build a local food system. Both will benefit from a desk at Esplanade for 6 months on a part-time basis.

Two additional solidarity desks
Following our Solidarity desk contest, an art and culture-loving patron has decided to finance two additional desks! Though this person wants to remain anonymous, we would like to thank him publicly!
Thanks to his generosity, we are happy to welcome two cultural projects as new residents : Magneto Balado and Sans Titre!
Did you know…
The magneto balado team has recently launched their crowdfunding campaign ! Help the team to reach their objectives by March 22nd.
Support Magneto
New coaching program for our residents
In order to meet the coaching needs of our residents, we have recently implemented a development program with a coach expert in supporting social startups (business plans, strategic goals development, pricing, etc...).
News from our residents!
The ÉAU team, which develop aquaponic farms,  won the Mouvement contest!
A special mention to Simplyk and Bois Public who both received the "Jury’s Favorite Prize"!
Esplanade is also very happy to introduce you to their new residents:
  • Solon, a non-profit that builds projects to create collective resources in Montreal’s green alleys.
  • Rahul Padmanabhan, a business intelligence analyst
  • Sergio de la Cruz, Business partner Neoline, a solution based on the development of a cargo ship designed for transoceanic voyages and powered primarily by wind.
Social entrepreneurship panel at the Center for Sustainable Development
The Esplanade team is proud to announce that we will organize the next discussion panel at the Center for Sustainable Development : “Social entrepreneurship and sustainable development: partners for change”. This conference will be facilitated by Diane Bérard, columnist at Les Affaires.
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Take part in the Défi PME MTL

PME MTL - the network of experts in business financing, training and support - is issuing a challenge to Montreal entrepreneurs. With the support of the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal, the SAJE and the Entrepreneurs School | Mtl, the Challenge is an opportunity to shed light on inspiring entrepreneurial initiatives. You could also win $70, 000 in grants, not to mention the chance to talk about your business to high-profile business people and get incredible visibility. Registration deadline : March 14th, 2017.  
Your calendar: next events at Esplanade
Wednesday, March 8th: The Réparothon, in collaboration with Insertech. Participate in this workshop and give your electronic devices a new lease on life.*Free
Thursday, March 30th: "Avant le bac//before the bin" a 6@9 on Food Waste by  La Récolte,  Parler la bouche pleine / Talk With Your Mouth Full and Esplanade.
Your March calendar of events:
  • Thursday, March 9th: Worksop #2 ‘Learn to code’, by Wagon Montreal. Learn how to use the necessary tools to collaborate with other developers. *Free
  • Thursday, March 23rd: Innoweave Impact Accelerator - a mini-workshop that helps organizations and collectives to clarify the impact they are working to achieve.*free
News from our Board of Directors
Following our December general assembly, we would like to acknowledge the departure of Michel Venne, Director of Institut du Nouveau Monde, and thank him for his significant contribution to the development of Esplanade since its early days. At this annual meeting, we also elected two new directors on our board: Danica Straith, Director at Ashoka Canada U, and Suzanne Gouin, former CEO of TV5 Quebec Canada.
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