To complement traditional financing sources and stimulate entrepreneurship in Québec, the Ministère de l’Économie, et de l’Innovation is collaborating with Entreprendre ici to offer this year 24 grants, with a maximum value of $25,000 each.

These grants are intended for ethnocultural diversity entrepreneurs who are planning to create or develop a business, anywhere in Québec province.

Recipients will engage in a one-year mentorship program with Entreprendre ici.

The candidacy period for the 2022 edition has ended

The nomination period was from August 1st to 26th, 2022, at 3 p.m. (noon).

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must :

  1. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or in possession of a Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ)
  2. Be 18 years of age or older
  3. Hold alone at least 45% of the shares of the business or hold with partners, who also meet the two previous eligibility criteria, at least 45% of the shares of the business
  4. Submit updated documentation if reapplying for the grant

The company must:

  1. Be registered in the Quebec Business Register
  2. Have its head office in Quebec
  3. Not be registered in the Registre des entreprises non admissibles aux contrats publics (RENA)

Ineligible projects

  • Projects of a sexual, religious, or political nature
  • Projects related to illicit or recreational drugs
  • Bar or discotheque projects
  • Multiple applications within the same company. Only one application per Quebec business number per year is eligible
  • Winners and business partners of a business project that won a previous edition of the Entreprendre ici's honorific grants in support of ethnocultural diversity entrepreneurs

Selection process

Candidacy period

The submission of applications is from August 1st, 9 a.m. to August 22nd, 2022 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Screening and evaluation of applications

Screening from August 22nd to September 2nd, 2022 . Evaluation from September 6th to October 14th, 2022.

Finalist announcement

The 50 finalists for the Honorific grants will be announced on October 25th, 2022.

Pitch session with the independent jury

On November 1st and 3rd, 2022, the finalists will present their projects..

Honorific grants Gala

The ceremony will take place, November 18th, 2022. The presence of finalists is mandatory.

Documents to attach to the application form

Applications written in French only are submitted online by completing the application form available online on Entreprendre ici's website from August 1st, 2022, 9 a.m. This form must be accompanied by the following elements:

  • An executive summary of no more than three pages (mandatory use of the template below - any excess of three pages will result in the disqualification of the candidate)

  • Financial statements (for each year of activity of your business up to a maximum of 3 years)

  • Proof of NEQ (Québec Enterprise Number)

  • A 2-year financial projection (must use one of the two templates below). The use of ONE of these templates is MANDATORY

  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency (copy of Canadian passport, copy of citizenship card, copy of permanent residency card, or copy of Quebec selection certificate (CSQ))
    Having a business plan helps with your application. To help you develop your business plan you can use the free tool (in French) Projet A

Important information regarding the application form

N.B: All sections of the form must be completed.

It is important to note that the executive summary, financial statements and financial projections will only be available to jury members during the 50 finalists pitch process. Therefore, it is imperative that all sections of the form contain complete and precise information without any reference to the above mentioned documents which will not be examined by the evaluators during the first phase of evaluation.

Help to prepare your application

A detailed guide to the nomination process and the required criteria is available. We invite you to read it carefully and to refer to it when preparing your application.

*Note that the guide is available exclusively in French.

Information Sessions

To guide you in preparing your application, you may register for one of the two information sessions offered online, on Zoom :

Preparation workshop

Register for one of two online workshops offered on Zoom to guide you through the preparation of your application:

Evaluation criteria

  • Company Description (500 words)
  • Originality and innovation (200 words)
  • Market research - demonstration of business opportunities (900 words)
  • Marketing plan - marketing strategy (500 words)
  • Plan of operations (700 words)
  • Financial plan (500 words)
  • The path of the entrepreneur and his associates (300 words)
  • The quality of the presentation of the application file
  • Overall assessment of the project

Frequently asked
questions (FAQ)

In order to facilitate the process of submitting applications for Entreprendre ici's honorific grants, we have put together the questions that we are most often asked.

Do not hesitate to consult them for clear answers.

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