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 application period for the 2023 edition is over.

To discover or rediscover the laureates for the 2023 edition, clic the link below (in French only)


Selection process

Candidacy period

The submission of applications is from July 4th at 9 a.m. to August 21st at 12 p.m. (noon).

Screening and evaluation of applications

Screening from August 21st to September 1st 2023 . Evaluation from September 4th to October 13th 2023.

Finalist announcement

The 50 finalists for the Honorific grants will be announced on October 24th 2023.

Pitch session with the independent jury

On November 1st and 2nd 2023, the finalists will present their projects.

Honorific grants Gala

The ceremony will take place on November 14th 2023. The presence of finalists is mandatory.

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

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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