Centech, a world-class business incubator based in the Montréal innovation district, inspired by Barcelona 22@





innovation district, space of collaboration, incubator, creative city


The objective of the paper is to highlight the process behind the design and development of Centech, a world-class incubator located in Montreal and recognized as one of the most successful university incubators in the world. Centech is housed in a cultural heritage building, the old Dow Planetarium, situated in the heart of the innovative district of Montréal, the “Quartier de l’innovation” (QI). Based on a methodology using different sets of data (interviews, series of reports made for the Montréal-Barcelona Summer School on Management of Creativity and Innovation, etc.), the paper shows how the development of Centech was in large part inspired by 22@Barcelona. The conclusion highlights the importance of an iconic collaborative place in the building of a local ecosystem of innovation.


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How to Cite

Cohendet, Patrick, Richard Chenier, Laurent Simon, and Lucy Stojak. 2022. “Centech, a World-Class Business Incubator Based in the Montréal Innovation District, Inspired by Barcelona 22@”. Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business 7 (2):40-69. https://doi.org/10.1344/jesb2022.2.j106.