District 3 is a startup accelerator and entrepreneurial community located within Concordia University in downtown Montréal where students, alumni and academic leaders share ideas and generate new products.[1][2] It is located in the Faubourg building following a grant of $1 million from André Desmarais and France Chrétien Desmarais.[3]

District 3 Innovation Centre
IndustryStartup accelerator, education
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
FounderXavier-Henri Hervé, Sydney Swaine, Charles Gedeon, Ali Tahouni
Number of locations
2 spaces (2016)
Key people
Xavier-Henri Hervé, Noor El Bawab



It hold events aimed at creating connections between members from different industry sectors.[4] Startups use the D3 space during their startup programs, while many other people use it to make prototypes, get mentorship, and have a co-working space located within a university.[5] The program assists high potential startups with finding funding.[6]

In 2016, District 3 was awarded "Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award" for the Quebec region.[7]

Partnerships and eventsEdit

On June 9, 2016, District 3 partnered InnoCité MTL, TandemLaunch, Founder Institute, Centech and FounderFuel to host Montréal's first event with all the city's incubators present.[8] In January 2016, District 3 started hosting teams for the IBM Watson AI XPrize competition as part of a partnership, an initiative led by Sydney Swaine.[9][10] In 2017, D3 became the official community partner of Singularity University in Montréal,[11][12] hosting the official satellite event on October 11–12, 2017.[13]


  1. ^ "Concordia University". MacLeans. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. ^ OECD (2017). City of Talent Montreal: An Action Plan for Boosting Employment, Innovation, and Skills. Paris: OECD Publishing. p. 67. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Concordia's innovation centre gets $1-million boost". Montreal Gazette. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ "MTL NewTech hopes Demo Nights will help entrepreneurs and researchers work together". BetaKit. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Startup City: Recalibrating '9-to-5'". Montreal Gazette. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ "The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality". Montreal Gazette. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  7. ^ "2016 National Startup Canada Award winners celebrated in Toronto". Startup Canada. November 29, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Montreal Demo Day 2016 a historic first for the city". Montreal in Technology. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  9. ^ Czikk, Joseph (28 October 2016). "District 3 brass on IBM Watson AI XPrize: rise up, Montréalers". Montreal in Technology. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Regional Partners & Ambassadors". IBM Watson A.I. XPRIZE. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Over 6000 Canadians From Coast to Coast to Join in SingularityU Canada Summit Experience". markets.businessinsider.com. Business Insider. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  12. ^ "SingularityU Canada Summit - Partners/Sponsors 11/12 October 2017". SingularityU Canada. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  13. ^ "SingularityU hopes to attract 6,000 Canadians through satellite events". BetaKit. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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