Call for Projects

The MT Lab Call for Innovation in brief

  • Objective : To identify and respond to the innovation needs of the Quebec tourism industry.
  • How? In two stages: a Call for Projects and a Call for Innovative Solutions

The Tourism Innovation Program Call for Projects offers an unparalleled opportunity for tourism organizations and companies to receive and acquire an innovative solution that meets one of their needs without having to search for it or take a significant financial risk.

See our virtual information session held on October 13: https://bit.ly/3aKWCni

The Tourism Innovation Program Call for Innovative Solutions will be launched on November 29, 2021 (coming soon).

Call for Projects

The MT Lab Call for Projects in brief

Objective

To identify the Quebec tourism industry’s needs for new, innovative solutions 

These needs for innovation must coincide with at least 1 of 4 major themes:

  • Improving the productivity, competitiveness or efficiency of tourism organizations or companies
  • Countering the tourism labour shortage
  • Reducing the environmental footprint of tourism activity
  • Enhancing client welcome and the client experience

For whom?

  • A tourism organization or company registered on bonjourquebec.com* (some exceptions apply)
  • A tourism organization or company with its head office in Quebec 
  • All legal forms are acceptable

What?

  • A need for innovation linked to one or more of the four identified themes
  • A need for new innovative solutions of commercial interest to other tourism players

Why?

An organization or company chosen in the Call for Projects will have the opportunity to: 

– participate in the selection of an innovative solution following the Call for Innovative Solutions, managed by the Tourism Innovation Program

– receive an innovative solution funded by the Tourism Innovation Program

– acquire an innovative solution that has been tested within the organization or company

Evaluation criteria

  • Match between the need and the major themes
  • Demonstration of a real need for a new innovative solution and the potential ability to respond to it
  • Assessed commitment to realize an innovative project and capacity to manage it 
  • The extent of the commercial interest of the need on behalf of other tourism stakeholders in the same field, sector or region

Eligibility criteria 

  • Is a tourism organization or company registered on bonjourquebec.com* (some exceptions apply) and headquartered in Quebec (all legal forms are acceptable)
  • Has a need for innovation related to one or more of the four identified themes 
  • Has a need for a new innovative solution of commercial interest to other tourism players. (These players must agree to participate in the final presentation of the project.)
  • Has the financial and management capacity to accommodate the innovative solution over a period of 9 months following the acceptance of the innovative project
  • Agrees to hold a public demonstration at the end of the project
  • Agrees to sit on the Selection Committee of the Call for Innovative Solutions
  • Agrees to waive exclusivity of intellectual property

Key dates for the Call

October 4, 2021 – Launch of the Call for projects (needs)

October 14 – Information session held. See: https://bit.ly/3aKWCni

October 31, 2021 – Deadline to submit your application

 

Detailed guide to the Call for Projects: https://bit.ly/3D4vHz7

 

> Submit your application here – deadline October 31

This project is made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Ministry of Tourism”

Call for Solutions

The MT Lab Call for Innovative Solutions in brief

Objective

The Call for Innovative Solutions will be sent out to young innovative businesses with high growth potential in tourism for the development of solutions to meet the needs and challenges previously identified by players in the tourism industry, following the Call for Projects.

How much?

Financial contribution* of the Tourism Innovation Program: 

Up to $100,000 / project

Investment of the tourism organization or company: 

Minimum of 5% of the overall project cost (in cash or in kind)

Investment of the innovative company:

Minimum of 10% of the overall project cost (in cash or in kind)

*The financial contribution of the Tourism Innovation Program is publicly financed

Evaluation criteria

  • The innovative company demonstrates the ability to implement its solution within 9 months of its acceptance
  • The innovative company demonstrates that the proposed solution leads to improvement in response to the identified need
  • The innovative company demonstrates that the proposed use of the  financial contribution is judicious, optimal and adequate 
  • Match between the project and the predetermined problem 
  • Innovative nature of the project and quality of the project concept 
  • The innovative company demonstrates its ability to market its solution quickly following the project
  • Feasibility of the project

Eligibility criteria 

  • The innovative company is legally constituted according to Federal or Quebec laws in force and registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec
  • Has its head office in Quebec and its employees working mainly from Quebec
  • Is not owned 50% or more by other existing companies or organizations
  • Is not owned by the tourist organization selected for the Call for Projects
  • Possesses intellectual property rights for its product or service
  • The implementation of the innovative solution is carried out by the innovative company (and not by a third party)
  • The innovative solution must be in the form of a proof or concept or an experiment that leads directly to its commercialization
  • The innovative company has the financial and management capacity to implement the innovative solution within the 9 months following acceptance of the innovative project
  • The innovative company agrees to hold a public demonstration at the end of the project 

Key dates for the Call

November 29, 2021 – Launch of the Call for Innovative Solutions

January 4, 2022 – Deadline to submit your application

Submit your application here – deadline January 4 (form to follow)

“This project is made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Ministry of Tourism”