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Build your Fintech Startup

District 3 Fintech Stream

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

Our Programs

Validation

Designed for startup teams with little or no customer traction for their fintech-based solution, this three-month intensive cohort-based program will help you define your target market, develop a deep understanding of your customers’ problem and unmet needs, and design a business model to build a viable company.

Global Expansion Services

GlobalX is designed to help you at each stage of your startup journeyfrom validating your business model to identifying your first international target to build on your long-term global expansion strategy and meet investors.
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Launch & Grow

Our customized, individualized program includes 1-1 objectives-based coaching, access to an international network of academic, clinical and industrial partners for startups with validated business models with initial traction through customers, letters of intent, or initial investment, as well as investors operating in fintech.

Our Coaches & Advisors

JD Bégin
Head Coach, District 3
JD Bégin
Head Coach, District 3

Co-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.

Daniel Stoll
Co-Owner, DX Consultant
Daniel Stoll
Co-Owner, DX Consultant

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.

Jane Somerville
Program Director, District 3
Jane Somerville
Program Director, District 3

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.

FAQ

Who is eligible to apply to District 3’s Fintech Stream?

Startups who are developing solutions in DeFi, Blockchain, PropTech, and LegalTech.

Do the programs take place in person or virtually?

Currently, programs are taking place virtually.

Is there an application deadline?

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.

How long is the program?

Programs vary from 3 months to 24 months.

Check out our latest events & workshops

Join our open events to learn more about emerging technologies, innovation best practices and insights from leaders around the globe.

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Work with a Startup

Check out the latest job opportunities and internships offered by District 3 startups to get involved in the innovation ecosystem.