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  • Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible, projects must:

    To be eligible, all participants must:

    Reside in Québec and be enrolled in a public or private educational institution recognized by the Québec government’s Ministère de l’Éducation or the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, such as:

    A recurring project?

    A project that has already been registered under a given educational institution in a previous edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge may be eligible for the current edition so long as significant changes or new features have been added by the student(s).

    Change it up!

    New entrepreneurial processes may be started to improve a product, event or service by expanding its clientele or target group, finding new partners or adapting the service offer, etc.

    Carrying out tasks put in place by the previous project does not constitute an entrepreneurial project within the definition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge.

    Examples of projects that have been changed up

    Development of a product

    Design and production of greeting cards, calendars and laminated or framed images with a regional character.

    Change: This year, the students produced a calendar featuring endangered species and developed a transactional website to better meet the needs of their clientele.

    Examples of projects that have been changed up

    Establishment of a service

    Organization of a break room for students with intellectual impairments.

    Change: This year, the project is characterized by the creation of a support group to help in managing anxiety and stress.

    Examples of projects that have been changed up

    Organization of an event

    Organization of a job fair to allow potential employers to recruit students and graduates.

    Change: This year, the students turned this event into a virtual one. Thanks to an online fair platform, students can communicate with employers in private chat rooms.

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    Some precisions

    Identification of a project representative

    The role of the project representative consists in providing students with support and ensuring follow-up of the project. The OSEntreprendre Challenge team must be able to easily contact project representatives, for instance to inform them about the status of the application, the selection process, etc. The same person may be the representative for more than one project within the same edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge.


    Identification of the educational institution

    In the event that the project is presented by students from different educational institutions, the project will be registered under the educational institution attended by the majority of participants. If an equal number of students attend each institution, participants will be asked to designate a lead student. The application will be registered under the institution attended by this lead student.


    Funding campaigns

    For funding campaign projects to be eligible, they must fully meet the definition of an entrepreneurial project. The students carrying out an entrepreneurial project cannot be their own target clientele. Therefore, a fundraiser for a school field trip is not an eligible entrepreneurial project. However, organizing the fundraising activity can be presented as one step in an entrepreneurial project and funding as an outcome. It is in the “Nature of the project” section that the participants need to clearly identify the needs of the target clientele, other than the participants themselves, who are to benefit from the product, service or organized event.

    Sponsoring partners of the 25th edition

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