Thanks to rapid technological advancements and significant shifts in consumer behaviour, the retail industry is in the midst of a major upheaval. In March, Rami Karam, Co-founder and CEO of Thirdshelf, Pascal Pettinicchio, Chief Business Development Officer of Smooch, and Peter Simons, President and CEO ofLa Maison Simons, took part in a panel discussion on the topic of growth as part of the Sommet du Commerce de détail.
To provide entrepreneurs from across Québec with access to its investment and development network, Espace CDPQ is launching a new initiative and appointing three accelerators to the Québec “Hub” of Espace CDPQ.
By drawing on the expertise of its 16 partners, including 11 investment firms and five development organizations, Espace CDPQ intends to work in collaboration with three accelerators selected to drive the growth and international expansion of their businesses.
Poka, a training and knowledge platform for manufacturers, announced today that it has raised $10 million in financing which will help the company expand into the United States and Europe and better support its growing global customer base. In addition to the ongoing participation of Poka’s original seed investors, iNovia Capital and Uncork Capital, participants in the Series A funding round included Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec through its fund Espace CDPQ, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) and the Leclerc family.
Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) announced today a $2.5 million equity investment, through the Fonds Espace CDPQ, in Québec’s Glutenberg Holding Co., a producer and distributor of craft beers and spirits.
This transaction, combined with loans totalling $2.5 million from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and its subsidiary, BDC Capital, will allow Glutenberg Holding Co. to move ahead with plans to expand its business in Québec, develop new markets globally and create Glutenberg Capital, the company’s financial arm.
Espace CDPQ is partnering with the Montréal edition of Startup Open House, which will simultaneously be held in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver on September 28, 2017.
By serving as the downtown starting point, Espace CDPQ is creating a unique opportunity for participants to meet the investors at Espace CDPQ who, starting at 3 p.m., will be available to discuss with participants during the event.
Today Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is launching Espace CDPQ, a project announced last year for the institution’s 50th anniversary. Inspired by global best practices, Espace CDPQis an investment and development hub for entrepreneurs.
Espace CDPQis the only hub in Québec that, rather than bringing businesses together, actually unites partners and collaborators around a shared ambition: accelerate the growth and globalization of Québec SMEs. Its goal is to combine networks, expertise and financial means to benefit Québec companies.