espace cdpq

Espace CDPQ is an investment and development hub bringing together partners and collaborators around the same ambition: accelerate the growth and globalization of Québec SMEs. Its goal is to combine networks, expertise and financial means to benefit Québec companies.

In addition to working with organizations across Québec and internationally, Espace CDPQ unites in Place Ville Marie:

  • Ten investors united in the investment hub

  • Five organizations dedicated to development and growth

 

 

Together, the partners of Espace CDPQ represent, to date:

  • a network of more than 1,000 businesses of all sizes and from all industries 

  • bridges to over 100 countries

“To go further and compete with the world’s best – Silicon Valley, New York, Tel-Aviv – we have to strengthen the culture of collaboration between different economic stakeholders, even between competitors in Québec. Shared knowledge and pooled networks are key to succeeding in today’s economic world.”

Michael Sabia

President and Chief Executive Officer, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

A distinctive model

Espace CDPQ is the only organization in Québec that, rather than bringing businesses together, unites partners and collaborators known for best practices and providing complementary services to SMEs throughout Québec.

An investment and development hub

An investment and development hub

 driven by collaboration

 

Eight multi-sector venture capital firms are united to facilitate access to capital and foster co-investing.

Five organizations dedicated to development and growth will make their resources and expertise available to Québec SMEs to strengthen them in their growth projects and globalization.

Globally connected

Globally connected

 ecosystem

 

 

Espace CDPQ forms a dynamic network driven by collaboration and dialogue and positioned to continually evolve. The partners can count on work and shared meeting space as well as rooms dedicated to virtual collaboration, such as the globalization lab.

In addition to these partners are some 12 external collaborators well-established around the province and internationally.

A globalization

A globalization

 lab

 

 

The globalization lab gives promising Québec SMEs the opportunity to test out and validate their global commercialization strategies with international experts.

“La Caisse will bring together at Espace CDPQ key stakeholders from the business community and facilitate collaboration. With the creation of Espace CDPQ, la Caisse will serve as an engine of growth for Québec companies ready to compete in global markets.”

Michèle Boisvert

Executive Vice-President, Business Outreach, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

The $50-million Fonds Espace CDPQ meets the financing needs of innovative Québec SMEs with global expansion projects

 

Selection criteria

Ambition to expand globally

Generate revenues between $3 and $10 million

Be on the verge of achieving profitability

The Fonds Espace CDPQ carries out investments between $1 and 2.5 million.

 

The Fonds Espace CDPQ also partners with the seed fund Fonds Innovexport to finance businesses from incubators and accelerators in the Québec City region.

 

Team

Do you have global expansion projects for your SME?

Contact our team of experts who will propose solutions so you can take the next step.

 

Thomas Birch

Thomas Birch

Vice President

Mathieu Provost

Mathieu Provost

Director, Investment

Normand Chartrand

Normand Chartrand

Director, Investment

“Ultimately, Espace CDPQ will generate new investment opportunities for la Caisse and its partners, while fostering the growth and globalization of Québec companies. These objectives are perfectly aligned with our strategic priorities for Québec and our desire to create projects with impact.”

Christian Dubé

Executive Vice-President, Québec, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Our partners

Nos partenaires

Our partners consist of investment firms and organizations active in development and growth. Being involved at all stages and in all industries, they have diverse and complementary expertise: financing, growth, international expansion, transfer of ownership and succession planning.

500 Startups Canada

500 Startups Canada is a Canada-wide investment fund for high-potential startups that are ready to begin or accelerate their commercialization. The fund is associated with the overall 500 Startups group in California.

Anges Québec

Anges Québec is a network of 180 private investors that identifies the best entrepreneurs and business projects, and that supports its financing members. Driven by this objective, Anges Québec works with many leading Québec organizations active in the development and valuation of high-potential, innovative businesses in Québec. The Anges Québec Capital fund, with $85 million in capitalization, completes the financing of seed and startup companies carried out by Anges Québec members.

 

Anges Québec Capital

Anges Québec Capital is an investment fund created to provide financial support to Anges Québec members. The fund is mainly sponsored by Investissement Québec to support angel investors who invest in innovative seed or start-up companies in Québec. This joint effort by the angels and Investissement Québec has made more than $30 million available to entrepreneurs, allowing them to benefit from more substantial financial leverage in order to considerably increase development of their business. 

 

Brightspark Ventures

Brightspark Ventures is a venture capital firm known for its experience investing in digital businesses in the startup and growth phases. Its investment model – the first of its kind in Canada – brings together a community of accredited investors to which it offers access to investments in Canada’s most promising startup companies. Decades of success in venture capital are the result of their diligent selection process and their operational expertise.

 

ClearSpring Capital Partners

Clearspring Capital Partners is a private investment firm that invests in medium-sized Canadian companies active in established markets. It aims to support them in achieving their objectives for growth, strategic positioning, operational improvement and industrial consolidation. Clearspring Capital Partners targets companies that have the opportunity to become leaders in their respective markets.

 

École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce

The École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB) is the only school dedicated to training entrepreneurs through the transfer of knowledge and experience from one generation of business leaders to the next. It aims to be a leading contributor to the province’s prosperity by building Québec’s entrepreneurship elite. The EEB will provide in espace cdpq components of its new training program, called Parcours Techno, developed specially for entrepreneurs active in technology.

 

Fonds Espace CDPQ

The Fonds Espace CDPQ targets innovative Québec companies, from all industries, aiming to expand globally. With a $50-million envelope, the fund will invest in companies at the break-even point, with between 3 and 10 million dollars in revenues. The Fonds Espace CDPQ team will make investments between 1 and 2.5 million dollars to accelerate the international expansion of the most promising SMEs. Through these criteria, the fund will meet need for financing that is not currently sufficiently accessible in Québec.

Initiative Intrapreunariale

Developed by the Business Family Foundation, the Intrapreneurial Initiative drives the creation of intrapreneurial projects which are vectors of growth and implemented within Québec businesses. Its innovative, intergenerational approach combines the strengths of young intrapreneurs and established business leaders. Their collaborative approach generates real internal opportunities for innovation and will drive Québec’s economy, making it more promising over time.

 

iNovia Capital

iNovia is a startup venture capital fund that partners with visionary entrepreneurs with the objective of building the next generation of digital platforms and services. We leverage our team and vast network of experienced entrepreneurs, company builders and engineers to foster the growth of pioneering businesses. Established in Canada, iNovia manages $450 million and invests across North America.

 

Open Text Enterprise

OTEAF, the OpenText Enterprise Apps Fund, invests primarily in emerging Canadian tech companies that design corporate applications building on the strengths of Internet, big data, predictive analyses and mobility. OTEAF targets entrepreneurs seeking not only investments, but especially the experience and expertise of the founders and seasoned entrepreneurs, with the capability of creating drivers of growth and success for all parties involved.

 

QG 100

The QG100 Network is a private and exclusive network of business leaders, with membership limited to 100 world-class businesses. They work together to develop world-class business leaders and strengthen their competitiveness in global markets. The members of the network further this mission through their shared determination to provide each QG100 business with better know-how and the most appropriate assistance for their international priorities.

 

Réseau Capital

Réseau Capital is the only private equity association that brings together all stakeholders involved in the Québec investment chain. The mission of Réseau Capital is to contribute to the development and efficient operation of the investment capital industry. Established in 1989, Réseau Capital has close to 400 members, representing private equity firms, tax-advantaged and public investment funds as well as many professionals working in the industry.

 

Univalor

Working with business people worldwide, Univalor commercializes scientific findings and technological innovations emanating from some 2,600 researchers and professors from Université de Montréal and its affiliated health research centres, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal. It aims to make innovation a true lever of economic development and value creation. Univalor helps make businesses more competitive, generate revenue for research and, most importantly, to enrich society.

 

White Star Capital

White Star Capital is a venture capital investment fund backing startups from the new technology sector. The fund aims to help entrepreneurs to build tech companies striving for international commercialization. Active in Europe, the United States and Canada and equipped with strong international networks, the White Star Capital team has operating experience given that its members previously founded, developed and sold technological companies.

 

XPND Capital

XPND Capital is a private equity firm focused on growth investments in exceptional Québec-based companies. Its mission is to help build the next generation of large successful companies in Québec, by bringing strategic capital and expertise and collaborating with entrepreneurs in their growth phase. XPND Capital leverages the expertise, network and capital of several established entrepreneurs in the technology industry and relies on the support of large institutional investors. 

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Easily accessible by car or public transportation, Espace CDPQ is located in 3 Place Ville Marie, at the heart of downtown Montréal.

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3 Place Ville Marie, bureau 12350
Montréal (Québec),
Canada, H3B 0E7