We accelerate the path to product-market fit for early-stage startups through 1:1 objectives-based coaching, intensive workshops, support for grants & equity financing, access to a deep network of industry-specific advisors and go-to-market support.
What You Gain
1:1 Objectives-Based Coaching
Experienced fintech coaches and advisors guide startups as they develop a roadmap to reach critical milestones around honing your pitch to secure funding, increase sales, expand to international markets, recruiting the right talent, and much more.
Tailored Just-in-Time Learning
Participate in industry-specific workshops and best-in-class training to acquire the competencies necessary to succeed at all stages of your startup journey.
Community & Workspace Access
Build your network, collaborate and develop strategic partnerships with key ecosystem players.
Thanks to the training and services received, we learned the ins and outs of
how to structure and prepare for our next financing round. Our sales considerably
increased as a result of the quality and personal engagement of our coach.”
Félix Deschatelets, Co-founder & CEO, Emma
Global Expansion Services
Launch & Grow
Our Coaches & Advisors
Managing Director of District 3
JD Bégin is a venture capitalist turned entrepreneur and angel investor. As head coach at District 3, Bégin helps founders find product market-fit, grow their key metrics, and secure financing. Having previously worked as a growth advisor and mentor to firms such as VM6 Software Inc., Techstars and Traction Ventures, Bégin leverages more than 15 years experience to uniquely equip startups with the tools they need to grow into successful enterprises. Bégin holds an MBA from Concordia University, as well as a bachelors of Business Administration in accounting and finance from UQAM.
Co-Owner, DX Consultant
Daniel Stoll has always strived to design and develop products that bring delightful customer experiences, to have products sell themselves. He has a track record of galvanizing innovation and creating go-to-market strategies based on a product-led growth approach, providing value to customers by shortening time to value. His work has been recognized for shortening the sales cycle significantly in complex sales. Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the École d’ingénieurs du numérique.
Co-director of District 3
Jane Somerville, MBA is the Director of Programs at Concordia University’s District 3. In this role, she is responsible for leading and developing the program offering targeted to entrepreneurs building startups. Jane is a passionate business professional with more than 25 years of experience working with Canadian entrepreneurs. Prior to joining D3, Jane worked at BDC where she helped small, medium and large companies across Canada, across all industry sectors, building and delivering innovative advisory services in strategic management, digital marketing and sales management. As an entrepreneur herself, Jane founded an online directory of furniture and furniture stores in major Canadian cities.
Startups who are developing solutions in DeFi, Blockchain, PropTech, and LegalTech.
Currently, programs are taking place virtually.
We accept startups on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year. Note that it may take up to two weeks after you submitted an application for us to respond. We will notify you whether your application has been accepted or rejected.
Programs vary from 3 months to 24 months.