impact8 + mobis program

An impact8 program dedicated to sustainable mobility

Coop Carbone, as part of its mobis initiative, is collaborating with Esplanade to offer organizations (inc, coop, non-profits…) an opportunity to validate, in a real-world setting, their innovative solutions in urban logistics/ mobility and work-related travel. This unprecedented impact8 program will combine access to expert resources and stakeholders (potential customers, citizens / employees) to test solutions that will have a direct impact on two geographic areas of Montreal’s eastern region.

There will be two phases in this program:

– Phase 1: 10 to 15 companies will participate, this winter, in a 12-week Collision program meant to develop their business plans, interact with different actors and build their experimental “on the ground” plan;

– Phase 2: In the spring of 2020, 3 to 5 companies will be retained by an expert committee to continue the journey within the 6-month Acceleration program aimed at realizing a prototype in the real world and supporting the development of the business model.

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Ready to get started?

  • Entrepreneur

    You are in startup mode, you are a Non-profit/Coop or an inc. and you want to validate your value proposition and/or consolidate your business model

  • Established organization

    You are an established organization and you wish to be supported in the development of a new product or service, in urban logistics or mobility / work travel

  • Researcher

    You are a researcher in the fields of mobility, logistics or work travel, and you wish to promote your research results in an entrepreneurial approach

Application is now closed


Urban logistics

The challenge: to make urban logistics, across multiple sectors of activity (e-commerce, bio-food, waste, etc.), more efficient, safe and sustainable. Are you addressing the last mile issue, packaging issues, delivery failures or any other logistics related issues in your business model? Meet a diversity of merchants, citizens, public authorities and supply chain actors present in the Petite-Patrie in Montreal, and come jointly develop your project!

Mobility / work

The challenge: to make work-related travel, specifically for outlying areas, more efficient and sustainable. Are you addressing the issue of public transit access or any other issue that could reduce the impact of single passenger trips, or even avoid work-related travelling altogether? Meet the diversity of employers, employees, citizens, public authorities and sustainable mobility actors present in Assumption South in Montreal, and come jointly develop your project!

On the ground: Experimental sites

With the support of the Coop Carbone and its partners, the two experimental sites will allow you to meet local stakeholders, benefit from the ecosystem of existing projects, and identify new opportunities for the development and financing of your projects.

Urban logistics: Petite-Patrie

This experimental site is being set up in collaboration with the Société de Développement Commercial de la Plaza (SDC) St-Hubert; and in partnership with Solon and FabmobQc, as part of their mandate for the Smart Cities Challenge.

Mobility / work: Assomption Sud

This experimental site is being set up in collaboration with the Centre de gestion des déplacements métropolitains (CGD); and in partnership with the Chambre de commerce de l'Est de Montréal, and FabmobQc, as part of its mandate for the Smart Cities Challenge.

The program

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What we offer!

On the ground access

A field of experimentation, the sharing of challenges and the networking with field actors, to enable you to seize opportunities and set up your pilot projects.


Up to 14 days of workshops to train in the main tools and methodologies for entrepreneurial development.


An incentive grant (up to $30,000), intended for users of the solution from the 3 to 5 projects selected in Phase 2, for the support, prototyping and deployment of pilot projects on the ground.


A part-time work space within the Esplanade collaborative space.


In total, up to 120 hours of coaching with a lead coach and thematic experts/coaches during and between workshop days to support the entrepreneurial team in developing its solution.

Network access

Regular contact with our extended network of experts, impact leaders and business partners, and increased visibility on the Esplanade's active networks and platforms.

Ready to get started?

We are looking for 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;
  • Your project takes an innovative, efficient and realistic approach to solving a problem or meeting an identified need;
  • You are ready and available to commit for the duration of the program;
  • You are open to learning and value collaboration and empathy.

Steps of the impact8 + mobis program!

Application is now closed

  • Call for applications

  • Information sessions

  • Jury Pre-selection

  • Selection Bootcamp

  • Program starts


With the financial support of the Government of Quebec, the McConnell Foundation and the City of Montreal

Thanks to the involvement of partners in the field: Société de développement commercial (SDC) de la Plaza Saint-Hubert, Centre de gestion des déplacements métropolitains (CGD), FabmobQc, Solon Collectif.