Program objectives

 

  • Promote research and innovation in the video game industry;
  • Guide and challenge studios in their research and development thinking;
  • Helping to market innovative products and services;
  • Accompany studios in the completion of funding applications and the financial set-up of projects;
  • Offer financial leverage to winning studios.

 

 

The program, in short

  • Support from nearly twenty researchers, professors and innovation experts;
  • A bank of hours for writing funding applications and support for developing innovation in your project;
  • Grants and services from our partners;
  • Additional workshops and mentoring throughout the year.

 

How does the innovation Support Program work

A cohort of 5 finalist studios will be created in the winter of 2023. Selected by a jury of experts, they will be accompagnied by a committee of experts in the fields of technology, business and finance. 

Studios will first have to submit their applications. Then, a cohort of 5 finalist studios will be created in the winter of 2023 following the jury’s selection. 

The finalist studios will be invited to present their project to the expert panel in a 45-minute meeting, where they will be invited to discuss their innovation. 

The committee members are from the following fields

  • Technical expertise (sound, rendering, AI, etc.)
  • Gameplay expertise (game design, narrative design, etc.)
  • Strategic expertise (marketing, business plan, vision, FMC submission, etc.)

The committee members will :

  • Discuss and exchange research ideas and opportunities for innovation within the projects
  • Propose research avenues;
  • Guide in the writing of funding applications to the CMF and other R&D programs

The jury will reconvene and select the award winner(s) based on the recommendations of the expert panel.

 

 

The selected studios will benefit from these services

They will be accompanied by more than twenty researchers, professors and experts in innovation

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They will have at their disposal a bank of hours for the writing of funding applications, support for the financial set-up of projects and mentoring for the innovation aspect of the project.

They will be eligible for one of two scholarships
1 bursary of $15,000, presented by CAE
1 $10,000 Coup de coeur scholarship presented by Loto-Québec

Cloud services will also be offered to finalists, courtesy of OVH Cloud – AMD.

Is my studio eligible for the program?

 

  • Your studio must be at least 50% owned by Quebec interests
  • You must be a member of La Guilde
  • Your studio must have 50 employees or less
  • You must have a game or technology platform in ideation or development

Calendar of activities

 

Program Launch – December 1st 2022

 

Deadline for sumbission of applications : January 13 2023

 

Announcement of the finalists : Mid-january 2023

 

Presentation to the expert committee : Mid-january to February 2023

 

Announcement of the winner : Mid February 2023

 

 

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