15 June, 2017
The OSEntreprendre Challenge honours prizewinners at the 19th Desjardins Grand Prize Gala
Québec, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Creativity, innovation and excitement were in the air at Québec City’s Palais Montcalm as the 19th edition of the OSEntreprendre Gala paid tribute to its provincial prizewinners. Throughout the evening, hosted by Charles Lafortune, 600 guests were inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and courage of a diverse and dynamic generation of entrepreneurs from the 17 regions of Québec.
An array of 34 provincial prizes were awarded, representing a total value of nearly $200 000. This sum does not include the $500 000 already distributed in the regions as part of the 19th edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge which attracted 41 000 participants in 2016-17. The event was attended by OSEntreprendre spokesman Dominique Brown, president of Chocolats Favoris; Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier, Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region; Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister of Families; Karine Vallières, Member for Richmond and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (youth); and Marie-Claude Boisvert, Executive Vice-President, Business Services, Desjardins Group, presenting partner of the event.
“The OSEntreprendre Challenge is rooted in the mobilization and active commitment of a multitude of players from the education, business and social sectors. A source of considerable pride, it helps promote, on a small and large scale, inspiring initiatives that encourage people to believe in their own potential and that of the community, and simply dare to rise to the challenge!,” said Manon Théberge, President-Director General of OSEntreprendre.
Our mission is to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in order to help build a proud, innovative, committed and prosperous Québec. This is made possible with the financial support of such committed partners as Desjardins Group and the Québec government (respectively, our presenting and chief partners), the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation, the Secrétariat à la jeunesse, the Secrétariat à la condition féminine, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec, Vidéotron Business Solutions, Les Affaires, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Gaz Métro, the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés (CPA) du Québec, Chocolats Favoris, Saputo and Spektrum Média.
The OSEntreprendre Challenge
The OSEntreprendre Challenge, the organization’s main activity, is a major entrepreneurship competition that makes it possible to identify and promote entrepreneurial initiatives. Through its Student Entrepreneurship division, which recognizes young people from elementary school all the way through to university, and its Business Creation division, which supports new entrepreneurs, the Challenge draws participants who have the courage to put their ideas into action.