The call for candidates is open to all entrepreneurs working in the cultural and creative industries that meet the following criteria:

  • Is a for-profit company or non-profit organization incorporated under provincial or federal law

  • For-profit companies incorporated within the past 1 to 3 years

  • Non-profit organizations that can demonstrate an innovative proposal that would allow the organization to grow

  • Possess a tangible and viable Proof of Concept (POC) that has been proven and has had traction with at least one significant client

  • Has the capability to test the POC in the proposed experimental spaces provided by Loto-Québec

  • Has the capacity to deliver a final product or service if the partners are interested in further development

  • Possess the full rights to use intellectual property related to the POC

  • Engages its decision-making team in the participation of the related activities between March 2019 and June 2019


In completing and submitting its candidacy, the company or organization accepts to divulge confidential information about itself and its project. La Piscine engages to respect and maintain all information confidential and will only share this information with program partners exclusively for the use in selecting program candidates. The candidates selected will maintain the full ownership of the intellectual property associated with their proposals at all times. If selected for the program, this intellectual property includes any improvements, developments or enhancements realized during the program including the test of the Proof of Concept in the experimental spaces put at their disposal.   

If the tests are deemed successful and relevant by the partners, they could potentially make an investment for the development of the project. A separate partnership agreement would then be discussed between the partners and the company or organization.


The selection of candidates will be made based on the following criteria:

  • The proposition responds to one or more of the themes

  • The POC can be easily tested and experimented with and in a safe way in the experimental spaces.

  • The innovative character of the proposition in relation to the opportunities delineated by the Quartier des spectacles Partnership 

  • The ability to facilitate access to a wider public to the Quartier des spectacle’s cultural offer

  • The ethics of the company or organization in the production and deployment of its Proof of Concept

  • The realistic nature of the proposition and the credibility of the of the team to experiment rapidly

  • A clear opportunity to consolidate the growth of the company or non-profit organization (organizational or business development)

  • Capacity of the team to engage in the experimentation of its Proof of Concept for the full duration of the program


A particular attention will be given to propositions that:

  • Allows to maximize the existing (in terms of facilities, programming and existing technology at the QDS)

  • Addresses a wide audience

  • Are not necessarily digital


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