It all started with a desire to pool the efforts of those who help young innovative companies, and to be more effective, in Quebec, in supporting the development of the future flagships of innovation.
Behind the story of the creation of the first network of accelerators lie the milestones in the development of a flourishing ecosystem.
At Notman House in Montreal, players in the Quebec support system pool their talent and know-how to bring greater coherence to the services offered to companies.
We then witnessed the birth of the Montréal accelerator & incubator network (main), a nod to Saint-Laurent boulevard, nicknamed main, a stone's throw from the notman house. the montréal accelerator and incubator network became the Mouvement des accélérateurs d'innovation du québec in 2016.
main has published a white paper entitled "Quebec incubators and accelerators: definition, relevance, legitimacy, opportunities and challenges", the fruit of reflection by main directors and a number of collaborators.
The Ministère de l'Économie et l'Innovation has invited main to design a structuring project for the Quebec support ecosystem. The result is pmeit, an innovative support model in the form of a shared pathway between incubators and accelerators. this pathway is tailor-made to support innovative technology companies in Quebec.
pmeit has metamorphosed into Momentum, with the ambitious goal of helping up to 375 of Quebec's most promising start-ups move rapidly from the commercialization phase to the growth phase, between 2020 and 2023.
main is holding its very first Sommet des accélérateurs at Le Camp in the Capitale-Nationale region.
main publishes the findings of these studies, carried out between 2020 and 2021, are presented in 3 categories: companies, support players and the ecosystem as a whole.
main is developing the startup continuum, an initiative designed to support innovative companies throughout their business cycle, from emergence to growth.
main structures a major intellectual property project, momentumPI. the service, initiated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISDE), brings together several Quebec gas pedals.