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  • Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible, projects must:

    To be eligible, all participants must:

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

    The electronic registration to the OSEntreprendre Challenge must be officially completed no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

    Project implementation

    In order for the jury to evaluate the project, the project must already be underway. For example, if an event is being organized for the end of the school year, most of the preparatory steps, such as conception, organization, task planning, etc., must already be carried out before the registration deadline. A fictional project that does not produce an activity within the established timeline will not be recognized as an entrepreneurial project, and is therefore not eligible for the OSEntreprendre Challenge.


    Identification of a project representative

    The project representative's role consists in providing support to students and ensuring follow-up. The OSEntreprendre Challenge team must be able to easily get in touch with this person, for instance to inform them about the status of the application, the selection process, etc.

    For Elementary and Secondary categories, the project representative can not be a student. The project representative is a member of the teaching staff or any other representative of the educational institution.  Outside resources (e.g. a youth centre worker, a youth employment centre resource, a member of ) may also serve as project representative.
    For the categories Vocational Training and Adult Education, College and University, the project representative is generally a student. Depending on the project’s structure, the representative may also be a teacher, a school staff member or community stakeholder.

    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 school of the lead student.

    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).

    If the only change made to a recurring project is the onboarding of new students, it does not qualify as an eligible entrepreneurial project.      

    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 have also developed a website to better reach their client base.

    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 involves new partners and new equipment to better serve its clientele.

    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, new workshops were added and employers were given an opportunity to conduct interviews on-site.

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