Cossette Lab, a startup focused initiative from the Cossette marketing and communication agency, is open for submissions.
Designed to help nurture the growth of tech-related start-ups, the incubator is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and businesses who are focusing on tourism-related technology.
The program will take place across Cossette Lab 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,” said 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.”
The accelerators aim to incubate a startup’s development during a hosting period ranging in length from six to 12 months. Cossette Labs will help startups to 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 Canada including, Tourisme Montréal, Via Rail, Aeroplan, and most recently Tourism Yukon.
“Innovation 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,” added Cossette Labs founder Malik Yacoubi, who is also the Chief Digital Officer of Cossette Montreal.
Start-ups selected by Cossette Lab will 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/en. Interested startups have until September 15, 2016 to apply.