Desautels is behind some of the country’s most innovative startups
Taiga Motors, founded by McGill graduates Gabriel Bernatchez (BEng'16), Sam Bruneau (BEng'15) and Paul Achard (BEng'14), are commercialising the world’s first electric snowmobile, eliciting interest and enthusiasm from local and international snowmobilers and investors alike. They credit much of their early success to the exceptional culture of innovation within McGill’s Engineering Design Team and the support of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.
While pursuing their studies, the team developed their design, as well as built and tested their prototypes as part of the McGill Formula Electric design team, which is supported by the McGill Faculty of Engineering. Thereafter, the McGill Dobson Centre played a central role in connecting them with mentors and investors at a defining moment in their start-up’s development. Taiga Motors is presently working to launch a limited pre-order of their eco-friendly snowmobiles for spring 2018.
McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has launched over 125 successful startups like Taiga Motors, 80% of which are Montreal-based. As the hub of entrepreneurial activity at McGill University, its mission is to find, teach, and develop world-class entrepreneurs at McGill. Through its signature programming, which includes the McGill Dobson Cup and the McGill X-1 Accelerator program, the Centre supports students, faculty, and alumni through tailored education, applied entrepreneurial frameworks, and iterative mentorship.
McGill’s flagship annual startup competition where over $100,000 in cash prizes are awarded to startups across four tracks: Social Enterprise, Health Sciences, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise. More about McGill Dobson Cup
An intensive 10-week Summer Program designed to accelerate later stage McGill startups towards investment readiness and launch. Demo Days take place in Montreal, San Francisco, and Boston in the Fall. More about McGill X-1 Accelerator
A free 10-week program open to all McGill students, alumni, faculty, and staff, that challenges startup teams to test their business ideas and hypotheses outside the classroom using the Lean Startup Methodology. More about McGill Lean Startup
An opportunity for the most promising McGill startups from the McGill Dobson Cup and the McGill X-1 Accelerator to pitch and engage with the global McGill alumni community of successful entrepreneurs, investors and VCs. More about McGill Demo Days