The SME in the era of digital technology

(Alexander D’Astous)-An intensive week of work to develop and present a complete business plan to financial partners in the community: this is the challenge taken up by the students of the Administrative Techniques program from Cégep de Rimouski.

For this second presentation, innovation and digital technology had to be an integral part of the business project of young entrepreneurs. Organized at the department’s initiative and presented from November 8 to 12 at Domaine Valga, the training camp is an original educational project on a large scale totaling nearly $85,000 in funding obtained thanks to numerous partners. The Department of Administrative Techniques wishes to innovate in its teaching practices and offer students an extraordinary experience to learn and put knowledge into practice.

full immersion

“The innovative pedagogical formula allows students to live a total immersion experience: accommodation, meals, conferences, health session, work laboratories and presentation of work, everything is done in the same place. In addition to the theoretical knowledge linked to the courses, which are an integral part of the week, the young people also experience health sessions, stress management, theoretical capsules on entrepreneurship, conferences with entrepreneurs, etc. They are accompanied by their teaching team, entrepreneurs, business advisers and facilitators. It’s an innovative educational concept that takes students out of their comfort zone, as entrepreneurs do every day,” explains Guillaume Cavanagh, Administrative Techniques teacher at Cégep de Rimouski.

The entrepreneurial boot camp in a nutshell

? 5 days (60 hours) of training focused on practice in a context


? Meetings and workshops with entrepreneurs and consultants in


? Theoretical capsules and practical laboratories (drafting of the plan


? A self-assessment of the entrepreneur and his profile

? Two honorary co-president entrepreneurs who will accompany the students and

students :

o Mrs. Marie-Claude Fournier, owner of Physiothérapie Mouvement


o Mr. Nick Gagnon, owner of Gagnon Image

? Conferences by economic development stakeholders at

Lower St. Lawrence

? Social activities and physical training

? The presentation of the business plan to economic stakeholders, donors

funds and economic development agents (a concept inspired by

the show In the eye of the dragon)

Project partners

The Administrative Techniques Department and the Cégep de Rimouski would like to thank

Warmest regards to the partners who made the implementation of the project possible:

? The Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI)

? Gardens

? The Cégep de Rimouski Foundation

? The Valga Estate

? Mrs. Marie-Claude Fournier, owner of Physiotherapy Mouvement Plus

? Mr. Nick Gagnon, owner of Gagnon Image

? Mr. Jérôme Perron, Eng. – Ellipse Conservation

? Mr. Jean Letourneau – Rimouski Economic Promotion Corporation (SOPER)

? Mrs. Julie Carré and Marie-Claude Rioux – MAMOÜTH Clinic-School

? The Gagné family – Domaine Valga

? Mr. Jean-Christian Méthot – Innov & Export SME

? Mr. Daniel Drapeau – Miralis

? Mr. Richard Guérin, MBA and Pierre Côté-Desjardins

? Mrs. Anne-Françoise GONDARD – The Firm

? Ms. Maude Lavoie – Nitro – Shopify Expert

? Ms. Pascale Gagnon, CPA – Les Fibers de Verre Rioux inc.

? Ms. Marie-Philippe Savard – Rimouski Economic Promotion Corporation


? Ms. Gabrielle Dion – Lemon Confit Bakery

Photo: The winning camp team, from left to right: Pierre Côté, Business Development Director (Desjardins) and students, Maude Lebeau, Rosalie Huard, William Gagné and Laury-Ann Lavoie who won 1st place in addition to a prize for the innovation of their project. (Photo courtesy)

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