Cossette Lab, a Cossette initiative designed to help incubate the growth of tech-related start-ups, is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs with a focus on tourism-related technology, for its accelerators in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to broadly help the startup community and bring new ideas to the tourism industry,” says Melanie Dunn, President and CEO of Cossette Canada. “It is also a service to our clients in the tourism sector and our own staff, by exposing our people to the innovative thinking and entrepreneurial culture all around us.”
“Digital is a top priority across our entire organization so it makes sense to reach out to those entrepreneurs who only need a little help to take their exciting ideas from concept to reality,” adds Malik Yacoubi, Chief Digital Officer of Cossette Montreal and founder of Cossette Labs.
The accelerators in all three cities aim to incubate a start-up’s development during a hosting period of anywhere from six to 12 months. As well, the Labs will establish a relationship with Cossette personnel and search for cross-market opportunities by connecting them with Cossette’s tourism clients.
Cossette has a broad portfolio of tourism related clients across the country including, Tourisme Montréal, Via Rail, Aeroplan, and most recently Tourism Yukon.
The start-ups that Cossette Lab selects need to have reached a sufficient maturity level in the development of their technology and business model. To qualify, businesses must develop a technology that will benefit Cossette, the agency’s clients or potential partners.
Cossette Lab launched in Cossette’s Montreal office in 2012 and has expanded to Toronto and Vancouver. To date, Cossette Lab has hosted approximately 14 start-ups.
Applications are now being accepted at cossettelab.com. Interested startups have until September 15, 2016 to apply.