Pierre Péladeau scholarships – $200,000 to promote entrepreneurship in Quebec


MONTREAL, June 29, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Quebecor and asterX are pleased to announce the recipients of the 24e edition of the Pierre Péladeau Scholarships. This year, Quebecor awarded scholarships totaling $200,000, allowing the most promising student entrepreneurs on Quebec university campuses to take their ideas to the next level. The financial assistance, combined with support, will help five innovative companies realize their business projects.

“We have a collective responsibility to contribute to the creation and growth of local startups that have the potential to shape the Quebec of tomorrow and build a more prosperous and sustainable society,” said Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO. the management of Quebecor. “Entrepreneurship and risk-taking have always been part of Quebecor’s values. I am proud to present these scholarships from the 24e consecutive year in honor of the remarkable builder that was my father.”

“We are pleased to welcome these young, bold entrepreneurs to the community of asterX founders and to offer them key tools for their development,” added Pelra Azondekon, CEO of asterX. “We hope to be allies in their journey and their success. This is why the scholarship is combined with coaching and access to Quebecor’s networks and resources.

Quebecor and asterX would like to thank the members of the selection committees at each university, who evaluated a large number of exceptional candidates from a wide range of industries. The finalists’ files were then forwarded to the Quebecor jury, which had the pleasure of selecting the five winners who stood out for their high-potential and impactful solutions for our society.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Pierre Péladeau Scholarships!

Click on here to view the highlights of the announcement to the winners and learn more about their projects.

$75,000 stock Exchange – weedex

Simon MichaudMontreal university

Désherbex markets a towed agricultural machine with interchangeable robotic tools for automated precision weeding of root vegetable fields. Its innovative technology offers a permanent, ecological and sustainable solution to weed problems and makes life easier for farmers.

$50,000 stock Exchange – YesNut

Simon Diallo-Blais and Rutherford ExiusMontreal university

OuiNut aims to launch the first-ever line of safe foods containing a precise dose of peanut protein to help desensitize children to peanut allergies. Their solution supports the introduction of allergens to reduce the incidence of food allergies in the general population in a way that is easy for parents, children and healthcare professionals.

$30,000 stock Exchange – Juno (ex aequo)

Lynn Doughane, Albert Obeid and Nanette Sene, Polytechnique Montreal

Juno is developing a compact, portable device that provides fast, long-lasting relief from menstrual pain. The company intends to offer an effective solution that adapts to the lifestyles of active women.

$30,000 stock Exchange – Acrylic Robotics (ex aequo)

Chloe Ryan, McGill university

Acrylic Robotics’ mission is to democratize access to art through robotics. It produces limited-edition visual art collections authenticated by blockchain, designed by artists and painted on canvas by robots, making the works accessible on a large scale.

$15,000 stock Exchange – UNIQ Hotel

Myriam CorbeilUniversity of Quebec in Montreal

The UNIQ Hotel is an exclusive and eco-responsible ephemeral village that criss-crosses the hidden treasures of Quebec as well as busy tourist sites in need of accommodation. It is the perfect balance between camping, in close contact with nature, and classic hotel rooms, with their service, design and comfort. Customers live a unique community experience.

Allies of Quebec university entrepreneurs

Since their creation in 1999, the Bourses Pierre Péladeau, named in honor of the founder of Quebecor, have distributed $2.7 million in scholarships to student entrepreneurs and has contributed to the launch of more than 75 companies.

Quebecor and asterX would like to thank the members of the jury for the 2022 edition:

  • Pierre Laurinepresident of the scholarship jury Pierre Péladeau, corporate director, former director of HEC Montréal
  • Pelra Azondekon, Managing Director, asterX and Director, Corporate Venture Capital, Quebecor
  • Jean B. Péladeau, Vice President, Operational Convergence, Quebecor
  • Chanel DamphoussePartner, MacKinnon Bennett & Co. (MKB)
  • Sylvie Lalandecorporate director
  • Adam LapointeCEO, Socrent
  • Marc LerouxPresident, Priorat Capital Inc.
  • Érik Péladeau, President, Publication Alpha inc.

About Quebecor’s social commitment

For more than 70 years, Quebecor has been contributing to the economic, cultural and social vitality of Quebec and driving change by partnering with visionaries, creators, cultural workers and the next generation.

Quebecor has deep entrepreneurial roots and a strong philanthropic commitment to more than 400 partners and organizations across Quebec. It actively supports many promising initiatives for Quebec culture, the environment, local entrepreneurs, the community and its employees.

Together, these efforts help empower the community to build a stronger, more innovative economy, a richer, more diverse culture, and a healthier, more sustainable society.

Let’s continue to build a proud and prosperous Quebec. Together, let’s cultivate the art of the possible! quebecor.com/en/social-engagement

About asterX

asterX is the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B). With a mission to promote a culture of audacity and an entrepreneurial spirit, asterX relies on Quebecor’s long-standing network and resources to build meaningful relationships and lasting partnerships with entrepreneurs who share its values. asterX fosters the development of innovative solutions that have the potential to create value both within Quebecor’s core business segments and for our society as a whole. Through the asterX Capital fund, it supports the most promising start-ups, from seed to growth, by giving them access to capital and cutting-edge expertise.

For more information on asterX and the start-ups it supports, visit https://www.asterx.vc/en/

SOURCE Quebecor Media Inc.

For further information: For further information: Quebecor, 514 380-4572, [email protected]

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