In 1999, Quebecor created the Pierre-Péladeau Bursaries, named in the memory of the corporation’s founder, a man known for his vision and entrepreneurial drive who inspired generations of Quebecers. Faithful to the values and ideals of its founder, Quebecor funds the Pierre-Péladeau Bursaries to support young entrepreneurs who deserve financial backing by virtue of their talent, hard work and creativity. Students at all Québec universities are eligible for the three bursaries, worth $50,000, $30,000 and $20,000.
The Pierre Péladeau Bursaries help young entrepreneurs start up a business, carry out their business plan, and develop their products and markets, regardless of their field of study or the nature of their business endeavour.
The 2015 bursaries
Making drinking water with wave energy
Dragan Tutic and Renaud Lafortune of Université de Sherbrooke have been awarded the First Pierre Péladeau Bursary, worth $50,000, to help them build Oneka Technologies.They have developed autonomous desalination units providing fresh water using only waves as an energy source.
Instant preliminary diagnosis of medical imaging
Mitchel Benovoy of École Polytechnique de Montréal and Pascal Labrecque of Université Laval have been awarded the Second Pierre Péladeau Bursary, worth $30,000, to start up Corstem inc. Their goal is to develop and bring to market cutting-edge technologies to enable health services to reduce the human factor in analyzing cardiovascular pathologies and accelerate and refine the diagnostic process.
Bringing renewable energy to the masses
Marc-Antoine Bonin of McGill University and Antony Diaz of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf have been awarded the Third Pierre Péladeau Bursary, worth $20,000, to develop their business uvolt.They have invented a bracelet that uses renewable energy (kinetic, solar and thermal) to charge mobile phones anywhere.
Objective: To help Québec university students start businesses by awarding bursaries for the best projects.
Amount: Quebecor awards three bursaries worth $50,000, $30,000 and $20,000 each year.
- All students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at a Québec university are eligible ;
- The students involved in the project must all be under 36 years of age ;
- The majority of the participants in the project must be students and the project must be led by students ;
- Each student must attach to the application proof of registration for the winter 2017 session, bearing the seal of the registrar’s office ;
- The application must be written in French.
How to apply: Applicants must submit a summary of their project to start a new business located in Québec to their university by February 3, 2017. If the application is for an existing business, it must not have been in operation for more than one year prior to that date. The summary must be no longer than six pages and should include:
- brief résumé and full contact info for each student ;
- a short list of the company’s activities (goods or services) ;
- the company’s history and accomplishments to date, if applicable ;
- marketing plan and sequence of activities ;
- success factors and risks in the company’s line of business.
- financial forecasts for the first three years;
- statement of sources and use of funds for the first three years.
Applications that fail to meet these criteria will not be considered.
Marie-Pascale Morin (campus de Lévis)