The boards of directors of businesses in the Social Economy category must primarily consist of adults aged 18 and over.
Projects whose lead promoter is an existing company or organization are generally not eligible. All special cases must be approved by the provincial team in order to be considered eligible.
Staff members and administrators of OSEntreprendre and of any regional mandatary organizations, as well as local and regional representatives, members of the organizing committee, jury members, honorary presidents, suppliers and sponsoring partners of the current edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge are not eligible.
A business project developed by a student or group of students aged 18 years or over may be entered either in the Scholastic section or the Business Creation section, so long as it complies with all eligibility criteria. However, a project cannot be entered simultaneously in both sections for the same edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge.
A project that has already been registered in the Scholastic section, whether or not it was a prizewinner, may be entered in the Business Creation section in a subsequent edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge, so long as the project respects all eligibility criteria.
Students who have a business plan for a new business, including projects developed as part of a “Starting a Business” program, are strongly advised to register their project in the Business Creation section.
The opening of a new franchise is eligible because the franchise owner is financially independent from the franchisor and manages their own company themselves.
The creation of a new business or project that consists in the extension or expansion of an existing company is not eligible (e.g. the owner of a clothing store that has already been open for several years decides to open a second point of sale in the neighbouring town, registered under the same number, and group together certain operations to reduce costs).
Changing elements of a company’s legal status (name of company, association, share ownership, etc.) is not enough for a business to be considered “new”.
A business that was registered in the Business Creation section in a previous edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge may register for a subsequent edition so long as it meets the eligibility criteria and did not win a prize in an official category at the regional level or any prize at the provincial level.
The buyout or takeover of a business does not make it eligible for the Business Creation section of the OSEntreprendre Challenge. However, a business that only buys out or takes over a building or equipment may be eligible (considered to be a new business).
Careful consideration is needed to differentiate real sales from sales resulting from a market test. If the business recorded sales before April 1, 2020, and these sales were part of a structured market test, thus making the project eligible, further investigation is needed:
In each case, the answers serve as a springboard for further reflection and provide the grounds to determine the project’s eligibility for the OSEntreprendre Challenge. In such cases, there should be a discussion between the business promoters and the OSEntreprendre Challenge representatives.
Independent revenue generated before April 1, 2020, through personal initiatives (non-established business) and resulting in the launch of a business may be accepted. For example, this may be a person who offered language courses to acquaintances and then decided to launch an official business. In such a case, certain questions should be asked:
These questions must be taken into consideration when reviewing each application and deciding whether the projects are eligible for the OSEntreprendre Challenge. Special cases should be discussed with the regional and provincial representatives.