what is Perséis

Perséis is a research-society space for innovative and scientific entrepreneurship, supported by main and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), until 2028.

the aim of the Perséis space is to stimulate research on innovative and scientific entrepreneurship in Québec, based on the concerns and needs of support organizations, decision-makers and entrepreneurs.


why a space


scientific entrepreneurs hold great potential for innovation in québec, thanks to their proximity to cutting-edge technologies, their creativity and their analytical and experimental skills.

the results are available, but scattered and used piecemeal to guide Quebec innovation practices, and often without any systematic transfer of tools to practical environments.

it was against this backdrop that the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Mouvement des accélérateurs d'innovation du Québec decided to pool their expertise and strengths to create Perséis, in collaboration with the Quebec research community and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

the objectives

  • foster collaboration between stakeholders in innovative entrepreneurship and science from different cultural backgrounds
  • encourage the emergence of federative, sustainable research initiatives based on needs in the field
  • nurturing and equipping the ecosystem for Quebec society

an initial call for projects

a first call for proposals was launched on May 3, 2023 to initiate federating research projects around priority needs. targeted themes:

  • financing continuum
  • impact measurement
  • access to talent
  • integrating sustainable development objectives into the operations of support organizations

over the next few years, Perséis will feature several calls for projects and networking events.

The news

7 promising projects receive funding to advance entrepreneurship research

Montréal, December 12, 2023

The Mouvement des accélérateurs d'innovation du Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec are proud to announce the seven collaborative projects between researchers and support organizations that will share funding to pursue their research under the PERSÉIS 2023 call for proposals.

Dedicated to stimulating research on innovative and scientific entrepreneurship in Quebec in all its diversity, PERSÉIS aims to catalyze research based on the concerns and needs of supporting organizations. The selected projects embody the ambitious vision of PERSÉIS by focusing on crucial themes such as: the financing continuum, impact measurement, access to talent, and the integration of sustainable development objectives into the operations of support organizations.

7 projects will receive funding to explore key topics in greater depth

A total of seven projects were selected on the basis of the depth of their reflection on the issues facing Quebec's entrepreneurial ecosystem, their ability to rally a wide range of players, and the potential for large-scale adoption of the results by the stakeholder community. Here are the projects and the people behind them. Please note that for each project, a maximum of five organizations will collaborate on the various research projects:

Attracting and retaining regional talent to foster innovative entrepreneurship in Québec, submitted by Julie Bérubé of the Université du Québec en Outaouais [UQO] and piloted by Digihub.

Projet RÉFRACTION: Faire converger les savoirs pour catalyser l'innovation en santé, submitted by Marie-Michèle Lord of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières [UQTR] and piloted by CTS Santé.

L'alignement des entreprises québécoises sur les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD) : le rôle des incubateurs et accélérateurs, submitted by Mr. Félix Zogning of the Université de Sherbrooke and piloted by Magog Technopole

Internationalization of startups: how to make the support continuum effective, submitted by Sophie Veilleux of Université Laval and piloted by Le CAMP

Promouvoir l'inclusivité dans les Accélérateurs et Incubateurs d'Entreprises au Québec pour un meilleur impact, submitted by Mr. Yabo Octave Niamie of Polytechnique Montréal and piloted by the COlab Innovation sociale et culture numérique

Supporting the environmental and ethical performance of digital start-ups, submitted by Cécile Bulle, Université du Québec à Montréal [UQAM] and piloted by Zú

Integrating sustainable development objectives into the operations of Quebec's business accelerators and incubators and within the companies they support: methods, tools and progress monitoring, submitted by Mr Matthias Pépin of Université Laval and piloted by 2 Degrés

Each project submitted had to combine members of the Quebec research community and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and each stakeholder participated in all stages of the project co-construction process.


"The selected projects were chosen for their ability to meet the critical needs of the Quebec entrepreneurial ecosystem. They demonstrate significant potential for adoption, generating significant anticipated spin-offs for the stakeholders directly involved, decision-makers, Quebec internationally, and above all, Quebec's innovative and scientific companies," says Rémi Quirion, Quebec's Chief Scientist.

"With PERSÉIS, we want to bring two communities together to better understand and support the development of innovative and scientific entrepreneurship in Quebec. Today, we are proud to celebrate the fruit of fruitful collisions organized over the past year, through PERSÉIS and Sommet des accélérateurs, between the research community and the people who support young innovative companies on a daily basis. The dynamism of our ecosystem and its ability to propel Quebec companies forward depend on the contribution of a wide range of players," says Louis-Félix Binette, Managing Director of . main.