CEIM is proud to announce the signing of a new partnership agreement with Centre en imagerie numérique et médias interactifs (CIMMI).

Located in Quebec City, CIMMI is a college centre for technology transfer (CCTT) specializing in the development of augmented and virtual reality, medical imaging, 2D and 3D image processing and Web technologies. CIMMI provides companies with consulting services and supports them in their innovation process. In addition, it offers integrated applied research and development (R&D) services, specialized equipment as well as access to funding programs.

Through this agreement, CEIM and CIMMI aim to strengthen the complementarity of their services, facilitate access to resources that are essential to their client’s success and accelerate the development of new technologies.

Our organizations have a clear vision of the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the digital imaging and interactive media sectors. We are proud to be able to combine our expertises and networks to further support our ecosystem and thus stimulate technological growth and innovation in Quebec.
– Serge Bourassa, President and Chief Operating Officer of CEIM

CIMMI is proud to partner with CEIM whose reputation is already well established. This synergy between our organizations will pave the way for the emergence of new businesses while enhancing collaborative research across Quebec. Supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to develop new ideas, establish their competitive position and access new markets is what our mission is all about. CIMMI is a member of the Synchronex network, a network which includes 59 centers that each contributes to the economic and social development of all Quebec regions, as well as that of college research.
– Michel R. Bouchard, CEO of CIMMI

CEIM is pleased to highlight its partnership agreement with the Digital Imagery Research and Development Center (CDRIN).

This agreement seeks to promote exchanges and business opportunities between the two organizations and reflects their shared commitment to support the creation and development of innovative digital imaging and video game companies.

A college technology transfer centre (CTTC) affiliated with CEGEP de Matane, CDRIN offers Research and Development (R&D) services, technical assistance, specialized training and innovation support. CDRIN positions itself in the promotion of digital intelligence technologies for the benefit of the creative and cultural industries.

A first CEIM incubated company to be referred to CDRIN

e→d films has mandated CDRIN to support the research and development of a new tool that enables artists to create projects in 2D and quickly generate them in 3D. This gain in creativity and productivity resulted in the animation studio that employs a dozen employees carrying out projects that match up to its ambitions.

Without CDRIN, the animation automation tool would never have seen the light of day.
– Archita Ghosh – Executive Producter, e→d films

CEIM is particularly proud of the positive results that it has received as part of the survey that was conducted by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) among its Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) clients.

The survey, which was carried out last May, reveals a high level of customer satisfaction with the services CEIM provided.

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We are pleased to announce that, with the support of Global Affairs Canada with whom we have had an exclusive partnership for the third consecutive year, we will be launching three new missions aimed at Canadian independent video game companies looking to accelerate the commercialization of their products abroad. Selected companies will be given the chance to take part in leading international video game events and showcase their latest projects/titles to thousands of industry professsionnals and journalists worldwide.

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When we changed our business model, which was a really major shift towards a new adventure, I didn’t know of any other company in Quebec City that had adopted this SaaS model. There were so few players we could consult to find out how best to go about it, that we decided to design and test a prototype ourselves.
– Johanne Devin, CEO and Co-founder of WebSelf

WebSelf provides website creation tools that are simple, powerful and affordable, or free, to more than 3 million users in over 165 countries. Offering maximum functionality to people who want to develop their own website without having strong technological skills, the platform makes it easy for them, whether setting up a showcase site or an online store. “Even though it’s a standardized environment, we offer great flexibility and many features that can satisfy at least 99% of our customers’ needs,” indicates Johanne.

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Our clients, such as festivals like Francofolies de Montréal or Igloo Fest, appreciate not only that our solution saves them time and money, but also that they know exactly where their festivalgoers come from. Are they only in town for the two days of the event or are they extending their stay to discover the city? How many nights? Alone or accompanied, and by whom? In short, it’s all this data that represents a compelling advantage for our partners.
– Andrew Lockhead, CEO and Co-founder of Stay22

Stay22, an aggregator that lists nearly 6.5 million properties in 200 countries, helps travellers find the best accommodation options near the upcoming events they plan to attend. “We’ve targeted the niche of event management platforms, business conferences, festivals and more, which sets us apart in the huge online travel solutions market,” says Andrew.

Through agreements with partners such as Airbnb, but also with systems like Travelport and HotelsCombined, Stay22 offers visitors a hub that bringsall search resources together in one place, greatly simplifying the planning experience. Everything is adjusted on an interactive map that integrates directly with the event organizer’s website, ticket office or other online destination where users find themselves.

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Up until 2010, we often wondered if we wanted to invest in product development. Like many companies at the time, we were focussing on services in order to finance potential products. In the end, we decided to let go of the idea of designing products, because our service offering was really solid. After that, our growth curve was impressive, turning our 23-person team into the 150-person organization we are today.
– Stéphane Rouleau, President and Co-founder of Spiria

When I ask Stéphane to describe Spiria and their value proposition, he explains that the management team is actually trying to update their definition: “After 15 years of existence, it’s important to revisit it… simply said, we’re a digital solutions firm. Our clients call upon us to solve the digital components of their problems, due to lack of knowledge, resources or time on their part. In co-creation with them, we develop the best technology to optimize their activities.”

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The secret of our success? Our people, no doubt. A company can’t achieve excellence in process and technology without people. So, the team is our most important asset… the intelligence and culture of our team.
– Andy Kulakowski, President and CEO of Fresche

Fresche is the world’s largest modernization and management company for applications in the IBM i (formerly AS400) market. With 22,000 existing clients and 130,000 potential clients to acquire in this 30-year-old market, Fresche demonstrates that their solutions, technologies and skills allow them to meet the current needs of the sector.

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Before the web existed, we worked a lot in schools and were motivated to offer content in digital form, specifically francophone and Quebecois content, because what existed at the time was mainly in English. Today, we have several anglophone partners, but we have nevertheless realized that our great strength lies in multilingual content, since other territories and languages share our concerns.
– Marc Boutet, President, CEO – De Marque

With their integrated offering for digital distribution, including services such as marketing and quick access to an online store, De Marque enables publishers to distribute and sell their content to a variety of audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Producers of digital books and web content can do business directly with retailers such as Renaud-Bray and Amazon, or take advantage of the De Marque network, which simultaneously reaches 2,300 points of sale and 2,000 libraries.

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