ecosystem research

The research projects with which main is associated aim to create a common basis for understanding the Quebec business ecosystem. The findings of these studies are intended to facilitate decision-making, concerted action and the adequacy of the support offered to businesses, whether in Montreal, Gaspé or Gatineau.


June 2023
scientific entrepreneur: profile and specifics

Scientific entrepreneurship is increasingly recognized as an important source of start-up impetus, and holds great potential for innovation in Quebec.

main and the Fonds de recherche du Québec have carried out an exploratory study to clarify the forms and particularities of scientific entrepreneurship, in order to better support its growth and success.

october 2022
talent issues as experienced by quebec companies

the world of work has undergone profound changes in recent years (mass resignations, democratization of telecommuting or hybrid working, etc.), all of which contribute to the unpredictability of main-workforce movements and a great need for adaptation. companies are not spared, but how do they react to these changes?

with a view to better equipping the ecosystem to support entrepreneurs, main wanted to better understand how talent issues affect companies.

october 2021
targeted study of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (SLSJ) startup ecosystem

The aim of this targeted study is to increase our knowledge of the needs of entrepreneurs, as well as the relationship between the support structures present in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, where the entrepreneurial ecosystem is in full swing.

this study was carried out in collaboration with ubisoft, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean hub, and some twenty of the region's economic development players.

july 2021
incursion report

Following on from the overview report, incursion presents a synthesis of the results of nine university research projects coordinated by main.

The findings of these qualitative and quantitative studies, carried out between 2020 and 2021, are presented in three categories: companies, support players and the business ecosystem as a whole.

August 2020
overview report

overview is an initial inventory of existing knowledge on the Quebec business ecosystem. This report identifies gaps in information between Quebec regions, to guide further research and data collection.


what's more, in the midst of the health and economic crisis generated by the covid-19 pandemic, main monitored the challenges of Quebec startups on a weekly basis for five weeks (March 30 to April 27, 2020).