Open innovation


Harness people's collective intelligence and make entrepreneurship more accessible through initiatives like the Cooperathon and the Startup in Residence program.


The Cooperathon is the world's largest open innovation competition, where the goal is to gather changemakers to create a positive social impact.

It connects citizens, communities, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics and institutions to build a more socially responsible future.

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In 2018

  • 2,800+ participants from all business sectors
  • 100+ partner organizations
  • 300+ mentors and volunteers
  • 260+ inspiring stories

Who can participate?

Anyone who wants to get involved and have a positive impact on society. We welcome students, recent graduates, professionals, leaders, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, professional hackers and more.

The journey

An immersive journey in 5 sprints

Participants embark on a 25-day marathon of training and teamwork sessions on Saturdays and specialized workshops on weekday evenings. The dozens of hours of training are valued at over $5,000, and prizes totalling more than $100,000 are up for grabs.

Competition locations

Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Waterloo, Shawinigan

Six main themes

  • Finance
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Energy
  • Agriculture

Startup in Residence

The Startup in Residence program fosters the development of startups that have the potential to influence Desjardins Group's digital transformation.

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500 hours of support

Our expertise:
Today's startups need genuine support to guide them in their growth—especially their human growth.

20 partners in Canada and Europe

Our network:
We connect startups with each other and give them the network they need to turn their ambitions into reality.

1 unique program

Our offering:
We offer a collaborative work environment with invaluable mentoring and networking opportunities within Canada's leading cooperative financial group.


Montreal (Notman House) and Quebec City (LE CAMP)