Next Project Submission Deadline:
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Supporting an InnovativeQuebec

About the Fund

Our mission: Support seeding and start-ups of innovative businesses for international markets to shape the future of Quebec.

The automated project submission process allows Fonds Innovexport to quickly meet the financing needs of entrepreneurs, allowing them to focus on expanding their business.

Fonds Innovexport comprises twenty-five experienced entrepreneurs, as well as the Government of Quebec represented by Investissement Québec, fonds espace cdpq de la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins - Innovatech, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and Fondaction CSN. They all work together to support the establishment of innovative businesses with the potential of becoming global leaders. Fonds Innovexport also receives financial support from the Economic Development Strategy of the City of Quebec.

Requested Projects

Requested Projects

We believe in entrepreneurs who distinguish themselves through their personal and professional achievements and who surround themselves well to attain their objectives.

You must be supported by a start-up incubator, a business accelerator or a committee comprised of experienced people.

We support projects that provide innovative products or services that solve real problems here and elsewhere. Your aim should be meeting market needs and doing so more effectively than others.

Our investments are based on structured and realistic business plans with clear development milestones and well-defined human, material and financial resources that ensure execution.

We focus on exportable projects that showcase Quebec's know-how and creativity abroad.

We seek simple corporate structures conducive to investment with realistic medium-term profitability objectives.
Fonds Innovexport invests through convertible debt or equity. Investment amounts vary from $50,000 to $1 million for each round of funding, up to a maximum of $3 million per business. Amounts are determined according to required resources to attain each significant development milestone. Fonds Innovexport generally invests in successive installments based on these development milestones.

Ineligible Business Sectors or Companies:

  • Farming and forestry operations
  • Mining operations and exploration
  • Biotechnology (development of pharmaceutical and therapeutic products)
  • Financing for construction projects and purchase or management of real estate
  • Brick and mortar retail sales such as shops
  • Businesses involving sexual, religious, political and similar activities
  • Companies with legal, environmental, ethical or governance issues
  • Any project of a company that already has the required financial resources

Your project meets the qualification requirements?
The next deadline for submitting your project is May 16, 2018.

Investment
Process

Investment
Process

Fonds Innovexport has adopted a strict and structured investment process enabling effective and timely cooperation with entrepreneurs.

Quarter

Project submissions.

Next project submission deadline:
May 16, 2018

Validation of eligibility and issuance of a letter of interest by the Fund team usually within one week following the submission deadline.

Request for additional information for a first interview.

First interview with entrepreneurs on a fixed date, usually one or two weeks pursuant to submission deadline. In collaboration with Le Camp à Québec, a one-day event filled with workshops and conferences is organized on this day.

Issuance of a letter of intent, usually within two or three weeks, and deeper assessment of the project upon receipt of the letter of intent by the entrepreneur.

This initial offer is subject to approval by the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors.

After the Fund team has completed evaluating the project, the entrepreneur is invited to present the project to the Investment Committee, usually comprised of members of the G25.

Based on the recommendations of the Investment Committee and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, issuance of a formal letter of final offer and closing of the investment, as the case may be, in the following weeks.

Our sponsors
and partners

Sponsors and partners share a common goal, supporting the expansion of innovative Quebec businesses whose goals are attaining international markets to contribute to the prosperity of Quebec’s future.

Sponsors
Gouvernement du Québec Investissement Québec Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec Desjardins Fonds de solidarité FTQ Fondaction CSN G25
Partners
Ville de Québec Le Camp

News

19.12.17

AEPONYX closes CAD 4.3 million financing round

Montreal, Canada – December 17th, 2017 – AEPONYX, the world’s emerging leader in micro optical switches, today announced a seed financing round of CAD 4.3 million led by Fonds Innovexport and Ecofuel Fund, in collaboration with private investors. This funding enables AEPONYX to complete the development and industrialization of its revolutionary planar micro optical switch chips based on a unique proprietary platform combining silicon photonics with micro-electrical-mechanical-system (MEMS).The funding, aggregated to the California-based incubator Silicon Catalyst’s in-kind contribution and to secured non-dilutive government financing, completes AEPONYX’s total investment of CAD 10 million for ramp-up of production by 2019.“AEPONYX has exceptional potential to revolutionize fiber optic communications and to accelerate the transition to the new, faster and more efficient global NG-PON2 standard,” said Richard Bordeleau, President of Fonds Innovexport. MEMS and silicon photonics-based micro optical switches dramatically increase the speed of large-scale telecommunications systems and reduce the energy needs of data centers. “The AEPONYX team, led by CEO Philippe Babin, is impressive,” added Bordeleau. “Philippe was able to rapidly build a strong network of partners and investors to support AEPONYX’s growth.”“AEPONYX is a tangible example of how an energy efficient innovation can have a positive impact on the environment,” said Richard Cloutier, Managing Partner of the Ecofuel Fund. “We are happy to partner with AEPONYX and work with Philippe and the management team to build on this momentum to execute the company’s business plan.”“We are delighted to count Fonds Innovexport and Ecofuel Fund as part of our investor consortium,” explained AEPONYX CEO, Philippe Babin. “Beyond financing, they also provide the continuous support and guidance needed to capitalise on this global opportunity. The level of our technological innovation is at par with leading platforms in the fast-growing markets that can leverage it,” he added, “including next-generation fibre optic telecommunications access networks, datacenters, and 5G mobile networks which, combined, represent a multibillion-dollar opportunity.”Silicon Catalyst CEO, Rick Lazansky, said “this round of funding is further proof that promising innovative companies such as AEPONYX are now attracting increasing investor attention. Silicon-based solutions like AEPONYX’s planar micro optical switch chips are asserting their central position in the continuing telecom and data center revolution,” added Lazansky.For more information, visit: www.aeponyx.com.About Fonds InnovexportBased in Quebec City, Fonds Innovexport invests in start-up companies headquartered in the Province of Quebec and dedicated to the development and commercialisation of innovative products or services with strong export potential. Innovexport comprises twenty-five experienced entrepreneurs, as well as the Government of Quebec represented by Investissement Québec, the Fonds Espace CDPQ de la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins – Innovatech, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and Fondaction CSN. Innovexport benefits from the financial support of the City of Quebec under its Economic Development Strategy Program.For more information, visit: fondsinnovexport.comAbout EcofuelEcofuel is a venture capital fund and a specialized and personalized accelerator dedicated to cleantech startups. Ecofuel, powered by Cycle Capital, works with entrepreneurs to help build globally competitive companies. The Ecofuel Fund invests smart money in seed and early stage startups that develop and commercialize clean technologies while the Ecofuel Accelerator offers entrepreneurs training workshops, networking sessions, an experienced mentor ecosystem.With $30M in assets under management, the Ecofuel Fund, co-founded by Cycle Capital, is sponsored by Investissement Québec, acting as mandatory of the Government of Québec, BDC Capital, the investment arm of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Fondaction, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and the Centre Québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB).For more information, visit: ecofuelaccelerate.com.About Silicon CatalystSilicon Catalyst is the only incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with facilities, a path to funding, tools, networking and marketing acumen to successfully launch their companies’ novel technology solutions.  Silicon Catalyst was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 ACE Award for Start-Up Company of the Year.For more information, visit: siliconcatalyst.com.About AEPONYX Inc.AEPONYX is a micro optical switch leader designing and marketing chips for fiber optic access to the cloud. With its patented technologies, combining planar Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and Silicon Photonics, AEPONYX builds the fastest, most affordable and smallest micro optical switches for tunable transceivers and optical circuit switches.  AEPONYX is an alumnus of Silicon Catalyst, the world’s first incubator focused exclusively on semiconductors based in California.For more information, visit: aeponyx.com.Media Contact:Philippe Babin, CEO, AEPONYXPhilippe.Babin@aeponyx.comP: +1 (514) 360-7746

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11.07.17

Aerial Technologies Raises $2.25M to Accelerate the Commercialization of its Motion Intelligence Interface for the Wi-Fi Home

The software uses distortions in the Wi-Fi energy signals in the household to develop Wi-Fi fingerprints that enable the software to detect movement and presence and can also recognize people and activities. Something very useful for security and wellness applications.Canada, July 11, 2017 – Aerial Technologies Inc, a Montreal-based artificial intelligence company, announced today that it has concluded a CA$2.25 million convertible note financing co-led by Fonds Innovexport and successful entrepreneur and investor Jean-François Grenon. Strategic investors include Kibo Ventures, a Spanish-based VC firm which has Grupo Telefónica as one of the main investors in the fund and Wayra, part of Telefónica Open Future_ network, and Quebecor Group, a leading Canadian integrated communications company. Angel investors affiliated to TandemLaunch, the Montreal-based incubator that initially backed and incubated Aerial, also joined the round.“We are delighted to be working with such a select group of investors and we believe that their interest validates the immense potential of Aerial’s novel approach to motion detection for the Wi-Fi home, said David Grant, CEO of Aerial Technologies. With their support, we are now well positioned to accelerate the commercialization of our motion interface with some of the most important telecommunication companies in the world.”“Videotron sees a vast potential for Aerial’s technology as it opens the door to a multitude of promising services and applications for both our residential and business customers,” said Serge Legris, Vice President & Chief Technology Planning Office of Videotron. We are also looking to test different opportunities in our Open-air Laboratory for Smart Living. ”“Aerial has a very strong team supported by TandemLaunch, a world-class incubator. Considering the traction they already have in the market, we believe they will be successful. Innovexport definitely made that investment with the objective to participate in future rounds to foster Aerial’s growth,” added Serge Lavergne, Vice-President Investment.Founded in 2015, Aerial is a software company that uses existing Wi-Fi signals, and cloud-based machine learning AI to detect presence and motion. As people, pets and in-organic objects move in the mess of Wi-Fi signals already in your home or office, they distort and disrupt these Wi-Fi signals in predictable ways. Aerial processes these distortions to add context and meaning to motion allowing the recognition of presence, motion, activity and identity. Aerial software can be embedded in virtually any Wi-Fi network equipment or device and does not require wearables or other sensors to work. Aerial’s technology was conceived by Michel Allegue, CTO, based on IP that originated at McGill University, Rutgers University and Steven´s Institute of Technology.Early Smart Motion applications provided through our business partners will include Presence Awareness and Motion Detection, Home Intrusion Detection, Smart HVAC energy optimization, healthcare and elderly care monitory services, and intelligent motion awareness for a variety of smart home devices that improve the convenience and quality of life for consumers.Aerial’s technology, already in pilot with several large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Multi Service Operators (MSOs), will be deployed into existing equipment offered through these service providers.About AerialAerial is a Montreal-based Corporation with offices in the US and Europe. Aerial’s motion detection software uses existing Wi-Fi signal distortions and cloud-based machine learning AI to provide context and meaning to motion without the need for sensors or wearables. www.aerial.aiFollow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and FacebookAbout Fonds InnovexportBased in Quebec City, Innovexport invests in start-up companies in the Province of Quebec having innovative products or services with strong export potential. Innovexport was created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the objective to help them grow their companies. www.fondsinnovexport.comAbout Telefónica Open Future_Telefónica Open Future_ is Telefonica´s global platform designed to connect entrepreneurs, startups, investors and public and private partners around the world to capture innovation and business opportunities. The programme incorporates all of Telefónica Group’s open innovation, entrepreneurship and investment initiatives through 50 spaces and 9 different investment vehicles. To date, over 1,700 startups have been accelerated and 750, invested. Telefónica Open Future_ is present in 17 countries and has committed to investment, with its partners, a total of 455 million euros. www.openfuture.org/enAbout QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services. Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.53% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada. A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations working in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship. www.quebecor.comAbout Videotron Videotron, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media, is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. www.videotron.com About Kibo VenturesKibo Ventures, based in Madrid (Spain) is a VC Fund focused on early-stage investments in digital companies. Kibo Ventures manages $130 million from a mix of institutional and private investors, including IEF, Telefonica, the Spanish Government (through CDTI), Mutua Madrileña (Spain’s largest insurance company) and Axis (ICO’s 25-year-old private equity arm). www.kiboventures.comAbout TandemLaunchTandemLaunch is a seed investor and incubator focused on creating early-stage technology start-ups in collaboration with global universities and world-class entrepreneurs. www.tandemlaunch.comMedia ContactDavid GrantPresident and CEOinfo@aerial.ai

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