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DEL relocates its business accelerator to the Longueuil Campus of UdeS and joins forces there to bring SMEs closer to university research

Just at the beginning of the new academic year, DEL (Economic Development of the Longueuil Agglomeration) is now welcoming start-ups from its business accelerator at the Longueuil campus of the University of Sherbrooke (UdeS).
In addition to this relocation, there is a concretization of the agreement in principle agreed with UdeS, the aim of which is to set aside within the agglomeration a new advisor from the business partnership group to stimulate innovation through the creation of networks between businesses and researchers.
These two projects, which last three years, cement a long-standing cooperative relationship between the educational institution and the official economic development corporation of the Longueuil agglomeration. Business accelerator
Formerly located on the 2nd floor of the Longueuil—Université-de-Sherbrooke metro station, the DEL Business Accelerator, a space undergoing transformation for the development of downtown Longueuil, combines all the conditions that support the creativity, productivity and innovation of start-up entrepreneurs. oops. Strategically located near Montreal and offering easy access to public transportation, the accelerator finds itself in an effervescent environment where knowledge, ideas and skills come together. In total, three separate spaces totaling more than 3,000 square feet offer co-working workspaces and conference rooms, meeting the needs of Montreal’s South Shore startup community. This relocation is effective for a period of three years. Remember DEL established the accelerator 5 years ago and since then more than 200 young companies have been supported.
a group of business partnerships
A business partnership project to democratize university research among SMEs allows the Université de Sherbrooke’s research capacities to be linked with companies with innovative projects. University research, which is often perceived as inaccessible and intended for large companies, can offer real answers to the challenges of small and medium-sized enterprises, which make up 95% of businesses in Quebec. Specifically, the project focuses on supporting 200 different businesses, implementing 75 innovation projects in SMEs with a total value of almost 5 million dollars in investments from businesses and various governments.
“We have an obligation to inspire the best in our entrepreneurs, whether they are starting out or in the growth phase. Through our strategic partnership with UdeS, we provide them with easier access to the academic and research environment, thereby supporting their competitiveness,” says Julie Ethier, CEO of DEL (Développement économique de l’agglomeration de Longueuil).
“Université de Sherbrooke has been involved in the Longueuil agglomeration since 1989. Our partnerships with this community go far beyond the training programs offered at the Longueuil Campus. This new strategic agreement will make it possible to perfectly coordinate our actions with organizations in order to support their innovation through the deployment of partner research projects. This initiative will be a big step in facilitating the connection between the agglomeration ecosystem and the extensive research resources of UdeS,” said Serge Beaudoin, director of the UdeS Business Partnerships Group.

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