Adopte Inc.

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In early 2017, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) began a partnership with Adopte Inc., an initiative launched by Nicolas Duvernois (founder of PUR Vodka and Romeo’s gin), Anne Marcotte (successful entrepreneur) and Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III (businessman and investor). Adopte Inc. works with a wide network of national partners who support the organization’s mission to help build a proud, innovative, engaged and prosperous Québec. The flagship activity of Adopte Inc. is the annual sponsorship of young entrepreneurs who are “adopted” by eminent entrepreneurial “adopters”. The FRQ have pledged to sponsor six “adoptees” each year, and to provide the chance for “adopters” from all industries in both the private and public sectors to share their experience during 12 professional coaching meetings. The six “adoptees” also receive an annual amount of $24,000. The names of the 2019 cohort members have been revealed at the Expo Entrepreneurs event, which was held on January 23 and 24, 2019 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal.

Beyond the sponsorship and financial support of the six “adoptees”, the FRQ work with various partners to organize training and events for the benefit of the 25 “adoptees”.

Découvrez l’événement L’expression artistique et la pensée entrepreneuriale organisé en collaboration avec l’« adopteuse » Nathalie Bondil, directrice générale au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.

Découvrez l’événement Maximiser son impact social : à chacun sa cause organisé en collaboration avec les « adopteurs » Jean-Martin Aussant, économiste, directeur général de la Guilde, et Roger Simard, président de Soins pharmaceutiques Inc., porte-parole de Rêve d’aîné, et l’« adopté » Julien Racicot, directeur-fondateur de Adapte-Toit, investisseur immobilier privé.

Découvrez l’événement Une journée innovation à l’ère du numérique dans le cadre de l’événement « TAG, le commerce à l’ère du numérique » en collaboration avec Léopold Turgeon, consultant en commerce numérique, anciennement président du Conseil québécois du commerce de détail.


2019 cohort

Fonds Nature et technologies – Natural sciences and engineering sector

  • Marie-Josée Lamothe, President – Tandem international, adopts Mathieu Champagne (Bliq)
  • Léopold Turgeon, President-General Manager – Conseil Québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD), adopts Julie Dumais (June Swimwear)

Fonds Santé – Health sciences

  • Philippe Walker, Chief of the scientific direction at Institut Néomed, adopts Mike Boutin (Innov2learn)
  • Roger Simard, President and Founder – Soins pharmaceutiques inc., adopts Julien Racicot (Adopt-toit)

Fonds Société et culture – Arts, humanities and social sciences

  • Jean-Martin Aussant, economist, adopts Julien Michalk (Ufrost)
  • Yasmine Khalil, Chief of direction, executive production – Cirque du Soleil, adopts Marc-Antoine Massicotte (Les Fondateurs)

Source: Adopte Inc.

2018 cohort

Fonds Nature et technologies – Natural sciences and engineering sector

  • Adoptee: Mohamed Khalil (Pyrocycle)
    • Mentor: Natalie Quirion, Chief Executive Officer, Québec Metro High Tech Park

Fonds Santé – Health sciences

  • Adoptees: Léo Fradet (Philomec) and Fred Campbell (HOOKÉ)
    • Mentor: Philippe Walker, Chief Scientific Officer, NEOMED Institute

Fonds Société et culture – Arts, humanities and social sciences

  • Adoptee: William Leclerc (Ebenor)
    • Mentor: Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adoptees : Marie-Philip Savard (Chic Marie) and Sara Dagenais (Vitali-T)
    • Mentor: Daniel Germain, Founding President, Breakfast Club of Canada


The six “adoptees” with the support of the FRQ: 2018 cohort (see all the adoptees)

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