29 October, 2018

Bring your ideas to life and rise to the Challenge!

Québec City, October 29, 2018 – In view of the creativity, courage and passion displayed throughout Québec’s 17 regions, OSEntreprendre is pleased to launch the 21st edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge today.


$700 000 in prize money | Do yourself proud!

The OSEntreprendre Challenge is a major Québec movement that is deployed and takes root at the local, regional and provincial levels in three divisions. The Student Entrepreneurship division fosters the development of entrepreneurial spirit by showcasing students who carry out entrepreneurial initiatives. The Business Creation division gives new start-up entrepreneurs an opportunity to increase the visibility of their project, win prizes, grow their network and share their passion! The Successful Business Inc. division recognizes previous OSEntreprendre Challenge participants who are still in business after five years and who have inspiring routes to a Successful Business.

Between now and March 12, 2019, elementary school and secondary school representatives, college and university students, and entrepreneurs are invited to showcase their projects by registering for the OSEntreprendre Challenge at osentreprendre.quebec! The 21st edition will culminate with the provincial gala in Québec City on June 12, 2019. In the meantime, hundreds of local and regional finals will celebrate the courage of those who dare to bring their ideas to life.



“For the 21st year in a row, Desjardins is proud to sponsor the OSEntreprendre Challenge. We firmly believe that entrepreneurial spirit starts young, when dreams are big. We also think it’s important to encourage young people to dare to turn their dreams into reality … and that’s exactly what the OSEntreprendre Challenge is all about. Together, we can inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to help communities across Quebec flourish,” says Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group.


“The best way to generate long-term wealth for Québec is to roll up our sleeves and transform our innovative ideas into concrete projects that can become successful businesses. The OSEntreprendre Challenge is a great catalyst, a spark plug that impels, inspires and motivates eager new entrepreneurs to take action. It is a powerful driving force that will transform all of Québec.” Denis Doré, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Squeeze Studio Animation, provincial Business Creation prizewinner in 2012, and provincial Successful Business Inc. prizewinner in 2018Honorary President of the 21st edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge.


About the OSEntreprendre Challenge

OSEntreprendre’s mission is to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in order to help build a proud, innovative, committed and prosperous Québec. Its main activity, the OSEntreprendre Challenge, is a major Québec movement that acknowledges the entrepreneurial initiatives of young people from elementary school to university and new entrepreneurs. The OSEntreprendre Challenge is made possible with the financial support of such committed partners as Desjardins Group and the Québec government (respectively our presenting and title partners), the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, the Secrétariat à la jeunesse, the Secrétariat à la condition féminine, Québecor, Videotron Business, Énergir, the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA), Saputo, Spektrum Média and Les Affaires.

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Contact person: Amélie Soucy-Gauthier, amelie.soucy-gauthier@osentreprendre.quebec – 418-805-6550

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