A collective is created to support Quebec's cultural and creative industries
Montréal, May 25 2020 – Sector associations including La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec and Xn Québec as well as La Piscine and Zú incubators and accelerators are joining forces to provide immediate and essential support to more than 300 creative companies and video game development studios located in Montréal thanks to support from the City of Montréal as part of the call for proposals to NPOs for technical support to businesses.
The Collective in Support of Cultural and Creative Industries, created in the wake of COVID-19, will provide concrete support to entrepreneurs by giving them access to a network them a network of technical experts in finance and human resources management, as well as support programs and training exchanges adapted to the constraints and problems in times of crisis. This facility will enable selected start-ups, SMEs and NPOs to develop specific approaches adapted to the current situation, but also to share innovative solutions through webinars and exchange sessions organised to support entrepreneurs.
For more than two decades, the creative industries have become a distinctive sign and a key element of Quebec's economy and identity. A study conducted in 2018 showed that they bring in 1.2 billion Canadian dollars (CDN$B) to the Quebec economy and maintain more than 15,000 skilled jobs. Support for recovery is essential, as Quebec is being hit by the adverse consequences of the pandemic. By quickly implementing solutions and promising projects for our creative and digital entrepreneurs, we are also preserving and supporting the recovery of Quebec’s economy.
For more information on the different programs and to find out the eligibility requirements to be part of the cohorts, visit the following website collectif-icc.com.
“It is important to support creative entrepreneurs and video game studios in order to maintain and strengthen Québec's status as a world leader. Québec's DNA is its know-how and creativity, but above all its resilience! I am pleased to see that collectively, we are invited to imagine a future under the sign of this creativity that has forged Québec's identity and leadership.”
Nadine Gelly, Executive Director of La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec
“Our creative and cultural enterprises are at the heart of the daily lives of all citizens and play an important role in Quebec's influence. This initiative, deployed in collaboration with our partners and with the support of the City of Montréal, is fully in line with our mission to support our entrepreneurs so that their imagination, sensitivity and know-how continue to contribute to the collective well-being.”
Delphine Beauchamp, Co-Executive Director of La Piscine.
"Montreal's digital creativity studios have been greatly impacted by this exceptional situation. It is to ensure the recovery of the sector as a whole and the resumption of business activities that we are all joining forces today in order to offer them a range of personalized services, support and customized training.”
Jenny Thibault, Executive Director of Xn Québec
"Our creative industries play a strategic role for the city’s economy, its social cohesion and its international outreach. In these uncertain times when reinvention is key to success, this creativity is more necessary than ever. Zú is proud to contribute to this collaborative initiative made possible by the City of Montreal and its partners, that will support and propel local entrepreneurs and creators. The creative power of Quebec and Montreal is a natural resource that is part of our strength and identity, a collective wealth that we must support. "
Guillaume Thérien, General Manager of Zú
About La Guide du jeu vidéo du Québec
La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec represents more than 230 members, video game developers, creators, educational institutions and entrepreneurs in related fields based in Quebec. Its mandate is to promote the Québec video game industry locally and internationally and to support its development as a global hub. Its main objective is to make Québec the international reference in video games by creating a strong, sustainable and diversified ecosystem. For more information, visit laguilde.quebec.
About La Piscine
Created in 2015, La Piscine is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze and cultivate the first-ever ecosystem dedicated to the development of entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sectors in Montréal and across Québec. Since its creation, the organization has implemented successful acceleration programs to accompany the development of creative and cultural entrepreneurs and companies with high growth potential. https://www.lapiscine.co.
About Xn Québec
Xn Quebec brings together producers of digital experiences from Quebec. With more than 140 studios and professionals, the association promotes the interests of the industry with public and government institutions, provokes meetings between creators and promotes the excellence of digital creativity, in Quebec and abroad.
Zú is a non-profit organization whose mission is to gather, help and promote creatives in the entertainment sector to develop world-class innovative projects. Zú supports them in their creative process and growth by facilitating access to the necessary resources for the development of new intellectual properties. In an eclectic environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, Zú rallies the community around a common goal: to bring greater visibility to our creativity and share it with the world at large. Zú is partially supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the city of Montreal. www.zumtl.com