Join a growing movement of researchers looking to do more with their scientific discoveries

Quebec Scientific Entrepreneurship (QcSE) is an online lab-to-market program to help you build world-changing tech companies derived from your academic research.

When starting a company, there are a lot of unknowns and I had to learn a lot of things I didn't know as a scientist. The training provided me with the skills and knowledge to fill in the gaps I was missing to build a successful business.

Mina Mekhail, Co-founder of Impactful Health & PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Emerge as a scientific entrepreneur

The program has three phases where you will explore the viable applications of your technology, create a strong network in the ecosystem, and learn what it takes to found a company.

Phase 1:


Think beyond the lab and discover the leading methodologies to disrupt markets.

Phase 2:


Explore potential markets for your technology and secure your first customer.

Phase 3:


Launch your startup and create a successful customer acquisition strategy for your market.

We provide you with curated content, opportunities to meet with experienced entrepreneurs, and a community of like-minded researchers looking to break out of the lab.

Join one of our upcoming cohorts:

Fall 2020


The program is accessible to all researchers who are exploring the possibility of starting a business. You must be:

  • Affiliated to one of Quebec universities that includes graduate students, recent graduates, postdocs and researchers.

  • Able to commit 3 hours per week to complete the online and coaching sessions.

  • Willing to collaborate and discuss in online forums, as well as engage in scheduled online webinars.

What Scientific Entrepreneurs Have to Say

Margaret Magdesian, Co-founder of Ananda Devices & PhD in Neuroscience

"I was a scientist all my life and had no entrepreneurial experience before. However, I knew I needed to take the leap because that is how I can turn my idea into a tangible impact. Patents and papers only impact everyday lives when they become a product, a therapy or a tool. I’ve grown tremendously since thanks to the right support to guide me along my entrepreneurial journey."

Charles C. Onu, Co-founder of Ubenwa & PhD in Computer Science

"I highly recommend this program as it is a confluence of coaches and experts who are not only committed to helping scientists discover entrepreneurship and bring their research to market, but also equipped to do so effectively.”

Join the Fall 2020 cohort

Deadline: October 6th, 2020



Frequently asked questions

When does the program begin and end? // Quand commence et finit le programme?

The program will be a total of 13 weeks. Please see the deadline above.

Le programme durera 13 semaines. SVP voir la date limite des inscriptions.

I don’t have a specific solution or problem I want to solve, can I still participate? // Je n'ai pas de solution spécifique ni de problème à résoudre.

That’s perfectly okay. Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to refine your ideas and explore problems you want to solve based on your scientific research. C’est correct. Tout au long du programme, vous aurez l’occasion d’affiner vos idées et d’explorer les problèmes que vous souhaitez résoudre en vous basant sur vos recherches scientifiques.

Once accepted, how long can I expect my journey to last? // Une fois accepté, combien va durer mon cheminement entrepreneurial ?

This program serves as a springboard to entrepreneurship, you’ll develop valuable skills and have a potential solution that you can choose to develop into a startup.

Ce programme sert de tremplin à l’esprit d’entreprise, vous développerez des compétences précieuses et vous aurez une solution potentielle que vous pourrez choisir de développer en startup.

Do I need to participate in all the three stages? // Dois-je participer aux trois étapes?

We encourage you to complete all the stages. However, it is not mandatory. Our goal is to help propel your idea with the possibility of developing it into a viable startup. However, to advance through the program, you need to go through each step respectively.

Nous vous encourageons à compléter toutes les étapes. Cependant, ce n'est pas obligatoire. Notre objectif est de vous aider à propulser votre idée avec la possibilité de la transformer en une startup viable. Cependant, pour progresser dans le programme, vous devez suivre chaque étape.

Do I receive a certificate for completing the program? // Est-ce que je recevrai un certificat pour avoir terminé le programme?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Oui, vous recevrez un certificat d’achèvement.

Is the program offered in both English and French? // Le programme est-il offert en anglais et en français?

Yes, once admitted you can choose which language you prefer to pursue the program in.

Oui, une fois admis, vous pouvez choisir la langue dans laquelle vous préférez suivre le programme.

Will there be funding opportunities to support creation of my startup? // Quelles sont les opportunités de financement pour soutenir la création de ma startup?

Yes, there are potential opportunities from our partners based on the project proposed.

Oui, il existe des opportunités potentielles de la part de nos partenaires en fonction du projet proposé.

Is this program free? Do I have to give away my IP? // Ce programme est-il gratuit? Dois-je céder ma propriété intellectuelle ?

We don’t take equity, charge any fees or take intellectual property. Our mission is to help you explore entrepreneurship.

Nous ne prenons pas d’équité, ne facturons aucun frais et nous ne prenons pas la propriété intellectuelle. Notre mission est de vous aider à explorer l'esprit d’entreprise.


QcSE is powered by

The Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) is partnering with District 3 Innovation Centre to provide an online lab-to-market program to transform Quebec's researchers into entrepreneurs.

Our Partners

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