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
Ideation for Social Innovation
Social Launch & Grow
Our Coaches & Advisors
Balsam by District 3, Social Innovation Coach
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.
Individuals or teams who are exploring a social or environmental problem.
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 5 weeks to 24 months.