Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs

The first Pierre Péladeau Bursaries, named in memory of our founder, a man known for his vision, determination and entrepreneurial drive who inspired generations of Quebecers, were handed out in 1999.

The five Pierre Péladeau Bursaries, worth $75,000, $50,000, $35,000, $25,000 and $15,000, are handed out to stimulate business startups in Québec. All Québec university students are eligible. The financial support helps 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 venture.

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Recipients of the Pierre Péladeau bursaries


First Prize – $75,000

  • Recipients 
    Simon Michaud, Université de Montréal 
  • Project
    Désherbex is bringing to market a tractor-drawn 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. 


Second Prize – $50,000

  • Recipients
    Simon Diallo-Blais and Rutherford Exius, Université de Montréal
  • Project
    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’s simple for parents, children and medical professionals.


Third Prize  – $30,000 (ex-aequo)

  • Recipients
    Lynn Doughane, Albert Obeid and Nanette Sene, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Project
    Juno is developing a compact, portable device that provides fast and lasting relief from menstrual pain. The company plans to offer an effective solution that fits the lifestyles of active women.


Third Prize  – $30,000 (ex-aequo)

  • Recipients
    Chloë Ryan, McGill University
  • Project
    Acrylic Robotics’ mission is to democratize access to art through robotics. It produces blockchain-authenticated, limited-edition visual art collections designed by artists and painted on canvas by robots, making the works accessible at scale.  

Fifth Prize  – $15,000

  • Recipients
    Myriam Corbeil, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Project
    Hôtel UNIQ
    is an exclusive, eco-friendly pop-up village that travels to Québec’s hidden gems as well as busy tourist spots that are short of accommodations. It’s the perfect balance between camping, with its close contact with nature, and conventional hotel rooms, with their service, design and comfort. Guests have a unique community experience.

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Members of the Pierre Péladeau Bursaries jury

  • Pierre Laurin
    Chairman of the jury, corporate director, former principal of HEC
  • Pelra Azondekon
    Director, Corporate Venture Capital, Quebecor
  • Jean B. Péladeau 
    Vice-President, Operational convergence, Quebecor
  • Chanel Damphousse 
    Partner, MacKinnon Bennett & Co. (MKB)
  • Sylvie Lalande
    Corporate director
  • Adam Lapointe
    CEO, Soccrent
  • Marc Leroux
    President, Priorat Capital inc.
  • Érik Péladeau
    President, Publication Alpha inc.

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