National Bank is proud to contribute to the development of La
Centrale – espace entrepreneurial at Université Laval, a hub for
the school's entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. A donation of $1.5
million will help increase the school's entrepreneurial offering and
create an incubator for entrepreneurs and their startup projects on campus.
La Centrale is both a physical and virtual space where students can
learn about entrepreneurship and enjoy privileged access to the right
tools and resources. A web portal was also created to centralize
information on measures for support, coaching, encouragement, training
and research in entrepreneurship. Qualified staff members will also be
on hand to assist student entrepreneurs with their projects, from the
conceptual stage through to the subsequent development phases.
La Centrale is a place for meeting and creativity. It will offer
students a variety of services, including 32 dedicated hosting spaces:
an incubation and acceleration zone, a video recording room, a
brainstorming zone, a training room and two meeting rooms.
"We're pleased to be contributing to the growth of La Centrale
– espace entrepreneurial at Université Laval. We've always cared about
the success of future entrepreneurs, and it's by making resources like
this accessible that we can help student entrepreneurs achieve their
dreams," stated Stéphane Achard, Executive Vice-President –
Commercial Banking and Insurance at National Bank.
"La Centrale represents everything we care about in responsible
entrepreneurship at Université Laval and provides future
entrepreneurship leaders with an unparalleled experience. Thanks to
National Bank's support, our entrepreneurial community can benefit
from many tools, particularly mentorship, expertise and sources of
inspiration in an environment that's conducive to creation and
reaching their potential," stated Sophie D’Amours, Rector of
About National Bank of Canada
With $262 billion
in assets as at October 31, 2018, National Bank of Canada, together
with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated
financial groups. It has more than 23,000 employees in
knowledge-intensive positions and has been recognized numerous times
as a top employer and for its commitment to diversity. Its
securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA).
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