Scientific entrepreneurship journey – District 3

Interested in scientific entrepreneurship?
Join D3’s next cohort!

The Québec-wide scientific entrepreneurship program District 3, offered in partnership with the Fonds de recherche du Québec, helps young researchers across Québec to discover the entrepreneurial ecosystem and develop key skills for transforming laboratory innovation into a marketable business idea. The program takes participants on an immersive, experiential and collaborative entrepreneurial journey from research to impact.

Research students have significant entrepreneurial potential that they do not always realize. Their academic training, dynamism, daring and ability to innovate to successfully complete their research projects provide them with skills that are easily transferable to the world of entrepreneurship. Québec is in a unique position to foster the creation of innovative startups in academic settings. A multitude of initiatives at the disposal of early-career researchers have already helped propel many student-innovators along the road to entrepreneurship.

An information session reached more than 1100 young scientists, and over 100 subscriptions within the first three cohorts. To help the students get familiar with the entrepreneurial path, the District 3 team presents two inspiring stories:


Mina Mekhail (PhD, McGill University), a scientist who has successfully transitioned to entrepreneurship, and Impactful Health


Muthu Packirisamy, a Professor at Concordia University holding several patents and working closely with the research commercialization company ALIGO Innovation. He encourages his students to focus their research works on having an impact on society, in particular through scientific entrepreneurship.


More information 

Denise Pérusse
Director, Societal Challenges and Intersectoral Networking
Bureau of the Chief Scientist of Québec
Phone: 418 643-8560, ext. 3120