Accelerate your project, maximize your impact

Pick up the pace. The Acceleration program offers 6 months of intensive support aimed at maximizing your social impact and ensuring your business model has staying power. Specifically designed for changemakers, both entrepreneurs and organizations, the Acceleration takes you on a journey through a series of recurring events, targeted training modules and individual coaching sessions with our entrepreneurial innovation experts and impact leaders.

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Pick up the pace

A made-to-measure program to boost your project and team by supporting the values that guide your actions.

Develop your soft skills as an entrepreneur

Weave the values that guide your actions and decisions into your company's development.

Build an impact-driven business model

Break down barriers to structure your business model on an innovative approach that is both economically viable and socially impactful.

Begin scaling up your model

Unleash your innovation to develop your scaling strategy and amplify your impact.

Receive support from impact leaders and connect to business networks

Benefit from our coaches’ expertise and our network of experts at every important step of your entrepreneurial support program.

Collaborate with a community of peers

Forge connections and instigate discussions to draw the best from your community.

Develop your financing strategy

Launch tailored investment strategies in cooperation with our impact finance experts.

Made-to-measure entrepreneurial support

Acceleration is a 6-month program designed to provide personalized support that is adapted to each organization’s growth objectives and activity sector.


This two-day intensive activity provides a space for creative thinking where teams and stakeholders can come together to tackle major challenges.


A place to work in the collaborative space, convivial moments and connection with the committed community of the Esplanade.

Themed workshops

10 half-days of workshops delivered by experts in strategy, marketing, financing, impact measurement, human resources, etc.

Networking and events

The organizations have several opportunities to pitch their projects to select live audiences (coaches, peers and impact investors) or via various platforms.

Personalized coaching

A cutting-edge coaching style. One or two coaches specialized in your activity sector, as well as any experts needed, are assigned to each team.

Ready to get started?

We strive to provide top-notch support for projects and teams that meet the following conditions:

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  • You are developing an entrepreneurial project with strong potential for impact and transformation in communities;
  • You already have a proof of concept or a tried and true model that is ready to scale up;
  • You are ready and available to commit for the duration of the program ;
  • You are ready to commit to a coaching process and peer-to-peer collaboration ;
  • Your project is aligned with social innovation themes (special attention paid to projects in the following areas: circular economy, sustainable mobility, green energy, recycling, GHG reduction, etc.) ;
  • All legal structures (obnl, coop, inc.) are invited to apply.

Join the next Acceleration Cohort!

  • Call for applications

  • Information session

    March 24

  • closing call for applications

    April 24

  • Project selection

    To be determined

  • Bootcamp - program start

    May 12-13


A committed team and network of coaches and experts supporting entrepreneurs and organizations.

Meet the team and your coaches

We work with organizations and entrepreneurs who have big ideas and potential to change the world.

Meet our alumni