Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Development Program

Montréal, January 25, 2021 – January 15 and 16, 2021 marked the final days of the 3rd cohort of the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Development Program, a program designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial skills of future leaders in life sciences and health technologies. The program ended with a blitz presentation given by each participant as they put into practice the valuable knowledge they had acquired.

Since the program first started, participants’ comments have been only positive. “Through this training, I have developed more than just knowledge on product development and entrepreneurship, but I have also built a network of contacts and seen a new side of me that I didn’t believe I had,” explains Claudie Noël, participant in the 3e cohort of the Program. The quality of the business network developed in connection with this program through the teachers, panelists as well as the other participants is an element often mentioned as a program benefit. For some, it’s their first contact with entrepreneurship and an exciting new world of opportunity. Others see the program as a way of developing professional skills in order to grow within the company they work for. Then, we would like to thank the involvement, sharing of expertise and financial partners who helped propel the program, District3, Oncopole, IRICoR, Polytechnique and the TransMedTech Institute, Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives (HBHL), McGill and Pfizer.

Training for students, researchers, management employees in the life sciences sector

This program, involving over 150 hours of training, and addressing a real sectoral need, was created in 2019 through a collaboration between Montréal InVivo, the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal and Concordia University’s Jean Molson Executive Centre. In the program, some forty candidates acquired business intelligence, met with industry experts and put into practice the concepts surrounding entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovations in life sciences. For Frank Béraud, Montréal InVivo’s chief executive officer, this program is essential for training tomorrow’s life sciences leaders: “Leading management techniques, from the lab to the market, and taught by industry experts, allow participants to foster their entrepreneurial skills and be better equipped to develop innovative businesses. Talent development is a strategic priority for Montréal InVivo and this program, and is one of the tools implemented which we are very proud of.”

The 4th cohort is now open

On February 19, 2021, the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Development Program will kick off its 4th edition. This year-long training is divided into ten intensive 2-day modules per month. This training was designed for students, researchers and management employees from various areas of the life sciences sector.

2nd Grant Award – Woman’s Entrepreneurship

In 2019, Montréal InVivo implemented a series of initiatives to further foster the development of female entrepreneurial leadership in order to support diversity in the life sciences entrepreneurship community. Through the Ville de Montréal grant offered through the “Accélérer l’entrepreneuriat” program, the 2nd Grant Award competition – Woman’s Entrepreneurship gives women the opportunity to develop their skills by enrolling in the Entrepreneurship Development Program in Life Sciences. Submit your application before January 29, 2021.

Grant Award Competition for SME’s employees and entrepreneurs

To offer the SME’s employees or entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurship skills by enrolling in the Life Science Entrepreneurship Development Program. Montréal InVivo is proud to launch, once again this year, Grant award of 3000$ . This grant award is possible due the the financial help of Pfizer.