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WE CARE.
WE INNOVATE.
WE CREATE VALUE.

Our mission is to improve the well-being of people, communities and the planet by providing sustainable and innovative solutions that create value. Our vision is to be a key contributor to our customers’ success by leading the way for sustainable packaging, hygiene and recovery solutions.

Want to help Cascades improve the well-being of our planet one fiber at a time?

 
 

APPLICATION
DEADLINE

AUG 23, 2019

PARTICIPANTS
ANNOUNCEMENT

SEPT 09, 2019

Start of
the Program

OCT 07, 2019

BUSINESS
PROPOSAL DAY

JAN 15, 2020

 
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CREATING NEW POSSIBILITIES, TOGETHER

Cascades has always been entrepreneurial at heart and green by nature. Today, we are launching our Innovation Partnership Program, an Open Innovation Initiative that aims to accelerate Cascades’ collaboration with the startup ecosystem in order to find new sustainable and innovative solutions to respond to our fiber sourcing needs and challenges.

Startups with high innovation potential for Cascades will have the chance to participate in a 10-week industry-driven mentorship and coaching program to explore business opportunities and develop a potential commercial collaboration. The Innovation Partnership Program is designed to help entrepreneurs succeed in the industry, by providing resources, knowledge and access to its network of industry-specific experts.

The program culminates on the Cascades’ Internal Business Proposal Day when selected startups will present to key executives a business proposal that has potential to develop a long-term partnership or closing a commercial deal.


Long before sustainable development became fashionable, Cascades was putting it into practice instinctively. Since then, the Corporation hasn't looked back, working continually to improve its environmentally conscious practices.

 
 
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Want to help Cascades improve the well-being of our planet one fiber at a time?

 
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ABOUT CASCADES

Cascades is a paper and packaging company that produces, converts and sells packaging and tissue products composed primarily of recycled fibres. Established in 1964 in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, the Corporation was founded by the Lemaire brothers who saw the economic and social potential of building a company focused primarily on the sustainable development principles of reusing, recovering and recycling. More than 50 years later, the company employs 11,000 women and men across a network of over 90 facilities in North America and Europe . The Corporation currently operates four business segments: Containerboard packaging, Boxboard Europe, Speciality Products and Tissue Papers.

 
 
 
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BENEFITS

 

PREMIUM
CUSTOMER

Land a premium customer and the opportunity to partner with an organization that shares environmental values and raise public awareness about environmentally conscious practices.

KNOWLEDGE & RESOURCES

Access Cascades’ expertise in the paper and packaging industry. Benefit from expert coaching/mentoring, peer-to-peer learning to optimize your operation and performance, while expanding your network.

LIFECYCLE
ANALYSIS*

Analyze your fiber to better understand its life cycle, its propriety, its potential application and to better scope the business case to be proposed to Cascades at the end of the program.

*for eligible startups only

ACCESS
TO CAPITAL

Access to a potential investment from Cascades in your startup/scale-up, to help you build your operational agility and long-term competitive positioning.

 
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ELIGIBILITY

New fiber

Recycled fiber

Innovative fiber transformation process

 

  • Selected participants must be available to travel to Montreal, Quebec for the duration of 3-sprints of one week, between October to January 2020

  • Cascades will cover travel and lodging expenses of selected participants (if needed, up to 15 000$ CND to selected startup)

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

 
 
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PRODUCT & TECHNOLOGY

Your fiber is applicable to Cascades products

Your fiber is available today and can be available in large quantity in a near future

Your transformation process is innovative and implementable into the Cascades ecosystem

Your fiber and/or transformation process respect sustainable development and are eco-responsible

 
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MATURITY

Your startup has reached a certain level of maturity (in terms of proof of concept, traction, team size, money raised, ...)

 
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TEAM

Your startup has a strong founding team (background, credentials, mindset, skills and vision)

 
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BUSINESS

Your startup can build a strong business case to convince the Cascades executive team of potential commercial collaboration

Your startup can align with Cascades’s sustainable development plan

 
 
 
 

TEAM

Carl
Blanchet

Corporate Director of Innovation
Cascades Innovation Center

François
Pelletier

Marketing Analyst
Cascades Innovation Center

Valérie
Forget

program director
OSMO

 

Patrick
Gagné

CEO and Program Sponsor
OSMO

Thibault
Bloyet

Program Manager
OSMO

Jessica
Carette

Innovation Manager R&D
Tissue Papers

 

Maude
Fournier-Farley

Product Manager, Marketing and Innovation
Specialty Products

Paul
Landry

Technical Director
Specialty Products

Christian
Adrien

Operation Services Director
Cascades CS+

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APPLICATION
DEADLINE

AUG 23, 2019

PARTICIPANTS
ANNOUNCEMENT

SEPT 09, 2019

Start of
the Program

OCT 07, 2019

BUSINESS
PROPOSAL DAY

JAN 15, 2020

 
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Is your startup ready to improve the well-being of our planet One Fiber At A Time?

 
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 Not sure you meet our criteria? Contact Thibault directly at scouting@osmoinnovation.org

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