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  • One category per project

    Each project must be registered in one of the seven official categories. At the provincial level, there is a first and second prize in each of these categories:

     

    Special prizes are chosen from among the provincial finalists in the seven official categories of the OSEntreprendre Challenge. No other projects are eligible for these prizes.

     

     

    Bio-Food

    Provincial prizes - 1st prize $10,000 | 2nd prize $5,000

    Bio-Food*

    • A business that catches, develops, produces or processes direct or indirect food products intended for human consumption and whose revenues stem mostly from sales to retailers (e.g. supermarkets, fine grocers, pharmacies, boutiques), hotels, restaurants, institutions or manufacturers.
    • Agricultural business whose products are intended for human consumption, regardless of the clientele to whom these products are sold.

    Examples

    • Farm or business that produces food (e.g. vegetables, meat, bread, dessert) and whose primary clients are grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.
    • Microbrewery that sells its products to restaurants or supermarkets
    • Farm that sells its products in the form of organic baskets or in public markets.

     

    *Given the breadth of registered projects with a link to the bio-food industry, and in order to ensure the proper evaluation of projects, a business that fits the definition of the Bio-Food category as well as either the Social Economy category or the Technological and Technical Innovation category should register in one of two categories, and not the category Bio-Food.

    Commerce

    Provincial prize presented by Spektrum Média - 1st prize $10,000 | 2nd prize $5,000

    Commerce**

    A business with a physical and/or online point of sale whose revenues stem mostly from direct sales to customers and marketing products to wholesalers or retailers

    Examples

    • Store specializing in clothing, outdoor gear, toys, jewellery, kitchen implements, etc.
    • Bakery or pastry shop that sells directly to customers.

     

    **Agricultural business that sell their products directly to consumers register in the Bio-food category.

    Social Economy

    Provincial prizes presented by La Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins - 1st prize $10,000 | 2nd prize $5,000

    Social Economy***

    Co-operative, mutual company or non-profit organization that conducts commercial activities for social purposes, i.e. sells or trades goods and services not to make a profit, but rather to meet the needs of its members or host community. The enterprise puts in place democratic rules of governance for and by members, is constituted so that decision-making power is not held by one or more private and/or public bodies, aspires to be economically viable, provides rules that prohibit or limit the distribution of surpluses generated by its activities, and, in the event of dissolution, transfers its remaining assets to an organization with similar objectives.

    Examples

    • Housing or funeral co-operative
    • Company providing home help services
    • Community media
    • Workers’ co-operative

     

    ***A business that fits both this definition and the definition of one or more other categories (e.g. a co-operative microbrewery) should register in the Social Economy category.

    Business Operation, Processing, Production

    Provincial prizes - 1st prize $10,000 | 2nd prize $5,000

    Business Operation, Processing, Production

    A business that exploits natural resources, or that produces or processes semi-finished or finished products, with the exception of bio-food products intended for human consumption.

    Examples

    • Furniture and garment manufacturer
    • Wood machining
    • Sheep farming for wool production
    • Jewellery design and manufacture

    Technological and Technical Innovation

    Provincial prizes presented by Videotron Business - 1st prize $10,000 | 2nd prize $5,000

     

    Technological and Technical Innovation***

    An innovative business that creates new products, processes or innovative applications. This business aims to improve, change, modify, transform or revolutionize an activity sector or social practice.  

    Examples

    • Design and manufacture of automated products
    • Innovative solutions for energy management
    • Sports gear design using a new process
    • Application development

     

    ****The business’ offer must be coherent with the definition. The simple act of using technology or working in the technology sector is not sufficient, in and of itself, to register the application in this category. For example, a business that develops made-to-measure applications for clients should register in the Services to Companies category.

    Services to Companies

    Provincial prizes presented by the Ordre des CPA du Québec - 1st prize $10,000 | 2nd prize $5,000

    Services to Companies

    A business that provides services to organizations or other businesses.

    Examples

    • Repair and servicing of industrial and commercial parts.
    • Maintenance services for commercial premises.
    • Website development service, public relations service, translation service.

    Services to Individuals

    Provincial prizes - 1st prize $10,000 | 2nd prize $5,000

    Services to Individuals

    A business that provides services to the public, including restaurants and hospitality enterprises.

    Examples

    • Veterinary clinic
    • Residential landscaping service
    • Spa
    • Circus school
    • Hotel
    • Fitness center
    • Restaurant, cafeteria

    Regional Special prizes

    The winners of the following special prizes will be chosen from among the regional finalists in the seven official categories of the OSEntreprendre Challenge. No other projects are eligible for these prizes.

     

    Young Entrepreneur Honorary Prize, presented by Ministère de l'Économie et de l'innovation du Québec | $5 000

    The Young Entrepreneur Honorary Prize was created at the regional level to showcase young business creators who are 35 years old or under.

    Provincial special prizes

    The winners of the following special prizes will be chosen from among the provincial finalists in the seven official categories of the OSEntreprendre Challenge. No other projects are eligible for these prizes.

     

    Youth Entrepreneurship Grand Prizes | Two prizes of $10,000

    The Youth Entrepreneurship Grand Prize, presented by the Secrétariat à la jeunesse, was created to showcase the most inspirational young business creators of 35 years old or under among the provincial finalists in the Business Creation section of the OSEntreprendre Challenge.


    People’s Choice Prize powered by Videotron Business | $2 000

    The People’s Choice Prize, presented by Polycor and powered by Vidéotron Business, was created to showcase inspirational entrepreneurs among the provincial finalists in the Business Creation section of the OSEntreprendre Challenge.

     

     

    Jury’s Favourite 

     

    Student Founder of a Business Prize, presented by The Fonds de recherche du Québec | $5 000

    The Student Founder of a Business Prize was created to showcase students who launched their business while pursuing a college or university education.

     

    Ingenuity Prize, presented by Loto-Québec | $5 000

    The Ingenuity Prize was created to showcase a company, selected from among the provincial finalists in the official categories of the OSEntreprendre Challenge, that demonstrates ingenuity, whether in the nature of the products offered or the way they are offered.

     

    Entrepreneuriat féminin Jury’s Favourite Prize, presented by the Secrétariat à la condition féminine | $3 000

    The Female Entrepreneurship Prize was created to showcase a business selected from among all the provincial finalists in the official categories of the OSEntreprendre Challenge, in which at least 50% of the entrepreneurial team is composed of women who have meaningful decision-making authority.

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