Why a living lab at PROMIS
In this spirit, an experimental action-research project on entrepreneurship as a mean of socio-professional integration of immigrants was initiated by the Institute of Research on the Professional Integration of Immigrants (IRIPI) of Collège de Maisonneuve, in collaboration with PROMIS and the key players in Montreal’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in Montreal, notably the Montreal Mid-East SME Network, the Island of Montreal Social Economy Council (CESIM), the Conseil emploi métropole (CEM) and the Community Association of Montreal Loan (ACEM Microcrédit Montreal). The project is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under the College and Community Innovation Program.
The main objective of the project is to support the PROMIS organization in the development of an innovative service chain in support of immigrant entrepreneurs, while modifying current unsuitable practices, as highlighted by the difference between the intention rate and the gait rate of immigrants. To do this, a living lab collaborative space (living laboratory) will be implemented and all stakeholders (immigrants and ecosystem players) will participate in the creation of innovative practices fostering the support of immigrants to entrepreneurship.
As a client of PROMIS, we invite you to participate in this research. Your participation consists of being part of a cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs who will meet at PROMIS to experiment with the use of the living lab approach.
With a maximum duration of 12 months (April 2019 – March 2020), your commitment will take two forms:
- On the one hand, attend the activities (between 9 and 12) of awareness, training and networking proposed by the project partners (SME-Montreal, Social Economy Council of the Island of Montreal, ACEM microcrédit Montreal).
- On the other hand, take part in an individual interview of about 60 minutes with a member of the research team and / or an immigrant focus group. It is important to point out that accepting to participate in a focus group does not commit you to an interview, and vice versa. Both activities are independent. In any case, the data will be collected and processed anonymously. Please be assured that your remarkss will remain completely confidential and will only be used by the researchers in this project.
Participation in this project is on a voluntary basis. You are entirely free to participate or not and withdraw at any time without having to explain your decision or suffer any inconvenience of any kind. Also, it should be noted that no monetary compensation will be granted for your participation.