City of Montreal, UQAM, Tourisme Montréal launch tourism-focused incubator

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The Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Tourisme Montréal and the City of Montréal, and the City of Montreal have established a new incubator dedicated to tourism, culture, and entertainment startups.

Located at UQAM, MT Lab, which was launched with $200,000 from the City of Montreal, is seeking applications until May 5. In June, MT Labs will host its first cohort of approximately eight to 10 startup for one year, providing them with access to space and conferences.

“Montréal is a catalyst for entrepreneurial strengths, and the start-up ecosystem makes a significant contribution to the city’s economic activity,” said Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre. “The MT Lab initiative participates in the sector’s burgeoning activity, while reinforcing Montréal’s draw by building on the innovative energy of young entrepreneurs. The incubator is part of our development strategy for an increasingly innovative and successful metropolis.”

The Lab is working in partnership with Paris’ tourism incubator Welcome City Lab. Current board members include Sylvain Carle, CEO of FounderFuel, and LP Maurice, CEO of BusBud.

“One sure way to increase the number of tourists in our city and the quality of their experience is to increase and diversify the tourism offer. MT Lab will undoubtedly contribute to the reinvention of our offer with a view to positioning Montréal at the top of the list of cities to visit,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.