The OSEntreprendre Challenge honours prizewinners at the 19th Desjardins Grand Prize Gala

QUÉBEC, June 14, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Creativity, innovation and excitement were in the air at Québec City's Palais Montcalm as the 19th edition of the OSEntreprendre Gala paid tribute to its provincial prizewinners. Throughout the evening, hosted by Charles Lafortune, 600 guests were inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and courage of a diverse and dynamic generation of entrepreneurs from the 17 regions of Québec.  

An array of 34 provincial prizes were awarded (see attached list), representing a total value of nearly $200 000. This sum does not include the $500 000 already distributed in the regions as part of the 19th edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge which attracted 41 000 participants in 2016-17. The event was attended by OSEntreprendre spokesman Dominique Brown, president of Chocolats Favoris; Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier, Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region; Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister of Families; Karine Vallières, Member for Richmond and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (youth); and Marie-Claude Boisvert, Executive Vice-President, Business Services, Desjardins Group, presenting partner of the event.

"The OSEntreprendre Challenge is rooted in the mobilization and active commitment of a multitude of players from the education, business and social sectors. A source of considerable pride, it helps promote, on a small and large scale, inspiring initiatives that encourage people to believe in their own potential and that of the community, and simply dare to rise to the challenge!," said Manon Théberge, President-Director General of OSEntreprendre.

About OSEntreprendre
Our mission is to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in order to help build a proud, innovative, committed and prosperous Québec. This is made possible with the financial support of such committed partners as Desjardins Group and the Québec government (respectively, our presenting and chief partners), the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, the Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation, the Secrétariat à la jeunesse, the Secrétariat à la condition féminine, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec, Vidéotron Business Solutions, Les Affaires, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Gaz Métro, the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés (CPA) du Québec, Chocolats Favoris, Saputo and Spektrum Média.

The OSEntreprendre Challenge
The OSEntreprendre Challenge, the organization's main activity, is a major entrepreneurship competition that makes it possible to identify and promote entrepreneurial initiatives. Through its Student Entrepreneurship division, which recognizes young people from elementary school all the way through to university, and its Business Creation division, which supports new entrepreneurs, the Challenge draws participants who have the courage to put their ideas into action.


During the 19th edition, a total of 39 000 young people from educational institutions ranging from elementary to university level participated in 2 000 projects that enabled them to experience a genuine entrepreneurial process. The young people were guided by school staff who earnestly believe in the benefits of youth entrepreneurship, and they benefited from the unique experience of going through the local, regional and provincial selection processes. In carrying out their entrepreneurial projects, the winners strengthened their self-confidence, gained greater independence and discovered the pleasure of learning through entrepreneurship. They can be proud of their successes.

Provincial Prize – Category: Elementary Cycle One (Elementary 1 and 2)

  • LES ÉTOILES FILANTES (Chaudière-Appalaches)

Provincial Prize – Category: Elementary Cycle Two (Elementary 3 and 4)

  • ÉCOFIL (Chaudière-Appalaches)

Provincial Prize – Category: Elementary Cycle Three (Elementary 5 and 6)

  • PASSIONS À L'HORIZON (Abitibi-Témiscamingue)

Provincial Prize – Secondary Cycle One (Secondary I and II) 

  • PARCOURS POÉTIQUE (Abitibi-Témiscamingue)

Provincial Prize – Category: Secondary Cycle Two (Secondary III, IV and V) 

  • BISEAK LOCATION DE VÉLO FATBIKE (Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine)

Provincial Prize – Category: Secondary School ― Special Education 

  • LA R.U.É.É. (Outaouais)

Provincial Prize – Category: Vocational Training and Adult Education

  • LES GRANDS ENTRETIENS (Nord-du-Québec)

Provincial Prize – Category: College ― Individual and Small Group (1 to 3 people)


Provincial Prize – Category: College ― Group (4 or more people)
Coopératif Jury's Favourite Prize - Fondation pour l'éducation à la coopération et à la mutualité 


Provincial Prize – Category: University ― Individual and Small Group (1 to 3 people)

  • ON SEXPLIQUE ÇA (Montréal)

Provincial Prize – Category: University ― Group (4 or more people


REGIONAL COMMITMENT PRIZE - Fonds locaux de solidarité FTQ et Fédération québécoise des municipalités

PEOPLE'S CHOICE PRIZE – Gaz Métro, powered by Videotron Business Solutions
The prizewinner was identified in the course of the evening. More information is available on the OSEntreprendre Web site at

In 2016-2017, the OSEntreprendre Challenge received 1 100 projects submitted by 2 000 entrepreneurs. With the encouragement of regional players, these entrepreneurs went through the formative experience of local, regional and provincial selection by the respective juries. Courageous, persevering and determined, these prizewinners are making a difference by contributing to the development of their region. They are true sources of inspiration.

Category: Bio-Food, presented by SAPUTO 

  • Premier prix national : LACREM (Laurentides)
  • Deuxième prix national : MICROBRASSERIE DE TADOUSSAC (Côte-Nord)

Category: Commerce by Spectrum Média

  • Premier prix national : KANEVAS (Capitale-Nationale)
  • Deuxième prix national : LA BOUCANERIE D'HENRI (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean)

Category: Social Economy, presented by the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins

  • Premier prix national : ACCÈS ÉTUDES QUÉBEC (Capitale-Nationale)
  • Deuxième prix national : LE GRAND COSTUMIER (Montréal)

Category: Business Operation, Processing, Production, presented by Gaz Métro

  • Premier prix national : MATLETIK (Montréal)
  • Deuxième prix national : TUNGSTÈNE ÉCLAIRAGE CRÉATIF (Montérégie)

Category: Technological and Technical Innovation, presented by Vidéotron Service affaires

  • Premier prix national : BLIQ PHOTONIQUE (Capitale-Nationale)
  • Deuxième prix national : SOLLUM TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Montréal)

Category: Services to Companies, presented by the Ordre des CPA du Québec

  • Premier prix national : SPIRITEVENT (Montréal)
  • Deuxième prix national : RETURN MAGIC enregistré Solutions Alveo inc.. (Montréal)

Category: Services to Individuals

  • Premier prix national : AU MACHIN CHOUETTE – CENTRE D'AMUSEMENT INC. (Montérégie)
  • Deuxième prix national : LA FABRIQUE DE PETITS BONHEURS (Laurentides)

Young Entrepreneurship Challenge Grand Prize, in partnership with the Secrétariat à la jeunesse

  • JUS LOOP (Montréal)
  • BRILLIANT MATTERS (Capitale-Nationale)

Successfull Business Inc. Prize, in partnership with the Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

  • FACTION BIKE STUDIO (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean)

Entrepreneuriat féminin Jury's Favourite Prize,  in partnership with the Secrétariat à la condition féminine

  • Kanevas (Capitale-Nationale)

 Ingéniosité  Jury's Favourite Prize – Loto-Québec 

  • BLIQ PHOTONIQUE (Capitale-Nationale)

Student Founder of a Business Jury's Favorite Prize, in partnership with Les Fonds de recherche du Québec

  •  TRAVOY (Capitale-Nationale)


SOURCE Défi OSEntreprendre

For further information: Éric Darveau,, 581 307-2917

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