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Build your Social Innovation Startup

District 3 Social Stream

We support and accelerate social enterprise, and social innovation early-stage startups focused on education, health, environment, culture, or other social issues focused on improving their community and the world.

What You Gain

1:1 Objectives-Based Coaching

Experienced social innovation 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 local and global advisors in academia, industry and the investor community.

We don’t fit the mould of most acceleration programs. What we loved about District 3 is that the customized support addressed our needs. Our coach has been a cheerleader, a sounding board, someone who has empowered us with ideas for growth.”

Emily Charry Tissier, MSc, Co-founder of Whale Seeker

Our Programs

Ideation for Social Innovation

Designed for individuals or teams who are at the beginning of their startup journey. This five-week cohort-based program will help them better understand the social or environmental issue they are attempting to solve by mapping its system.
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Validation

Designed for startup teams with little or no customer traction for their social enterprise, 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.

Launch & Grow

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

Our Coaches & Advisors

Jonathan Chaloux
Social Innovation Coach, District 3
Jonathan Chaloux
Social Innovation Coach, District 3

Social Innovation Coach, District 3 

Jonathan Chaloux was the former Manager of Culture at l’Esplanade, an accelerator and collaborative workspace specializing in entrepreneurship and social innovation, as well as co-founder of Coworking Québec. Passionate about social impact and the mechanisms to create it, he works collaboratively with ecosystem players and enjoys making connections to accelerate the development of social projects.

Marie Custeau
Social Innovation Coach
Marie Custeau
Social Innovation Coach

Social Innovation Coach, District 3

Communication, marketing and digital expert, Marie Custeau took a leap into the entrepreneurial world in 2015 by creating Énamour – a skincare brand that is sold in several countries both on its e-commerce platform and in B2B. Sharing is at the heart of Énamour, which donates one percent of its revenues to the Women’s Centre of Montreal.

For the past 15 years, Marie has also managed digital projects on the client-side, with Radio-Canada and others, and with agencies like Cossette in Montreal and McCann in Sydney, Australia, where she lived for 3 years. Marie is particularly interested in the areas of customer experience and brand image. She is also very sensitive to the aspects of corporate culture and values and well-being at work.

Marie studied public relations at the University of Montreal and museology techniques at Cégep Montmorency. She recently took a course on sustainable management at Université Laval.

Julie Hamel
Social Innovation Coach, District 3
Julie Hamel
Social Innovation Coach, District 3

Social Innovation Coach, District 3

Julie Hamel (MBA) is a senior business advisor with over 25 years of experience. She began her career as an entrepreneur before becoming a social economy advisor in 2006. She successfully managed many fast-food franchises through the 90s before becoming the general manager of a major private non-profit golf course. Her range of expertise includes among others, marketing, operations, and business development. For the past ten years, her social preoccupation has led her to invest most of her time and energy in the field of social economy, including helping dozens of non-profit organizations. Julie has been involved with Concordia’s District 3 since 2015 as the Social Entrepreneurship Coach.

Ondine Hogeboom
Co-Founder, Lean for Flourishing
Ondine Hogeboom
Co-Founder, Lean for Flourishing

Co-Founder, Lean for Flourishing

Combining experience with her strong entrepreneurial skills and ability to build successful enterprises in emerging markets, Ondine has always aimed to affect positive change within her community and industry through business. She is a highly creative and innovative business developer and strategist, having started six successful organizations over two decades. Ondine can turn ideas into revenue generating socially focused businesses and has successfully managed this process from creation to established entity. 

Ondine is the co-founder of Lean4Flourishing, a social enterprise focused on designing Flourishing Business Model Innovation accelerators, incubators, and startup programs. She is a social impact coach at District 3, Concordia University, providing specialized coaching, mentorship and development of social enterprises. In addition to District 3, Ondine in heavily involved in the startup ecosystem, providing coaching and mentoring for several notable organizations such as: Innoweave Social Enterprise Coach, LEF Business Mentor, Futrepreneur Mentor, Startup Weekend mentor, McGill Dobson Cup judge Mentor, SLASA mentor, InnoCite MTL Mentor, Startup Day Canada Mentor, YES Montreal Mentor. 

Eric Steedman
Consultant, Co-op Interface
Eric Steedman
Consultant, Co-op Interface

Consultant, Co-op Interface 

Eric Steedman has over 20 years experience as a consultant and entrepreneur, having developed, launched and managed a variety of projects, both for and non-profit. Eric’s expertise is largely focused on solving business challenges, including business planning, market research, and organizational and financing strategies. A big-picture thinker with a keen eye for detail, Eric is never afraid to dig deep for the key answers to client’s questions. Known for his big smile and polite charm, Eric works closely with clients to see their visions of impactful and innovative projects come to fruition. After starting his career in responsible investment management in New York City, Eric returned to Montreal to complete an MBA at McGill. Eric holds an M.Phil in politics from the University of Glasgow, and a Honours BA in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.

FAQ

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

Individuals or teams who are exploring a social or environmental problem.

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 5 weeks 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.