OSEntreprendre Challenge: 6 former winners who shine!

OSEntreprendre Challenge

Friday, June 10, 2016
The OSEentreprendre Challenge rewards young promising companies. Each year, it provides an opportunity for 2,000 new entrepreneurs to present their project in an effort to win scholarships, broaden their network and share their passion! Discover six former winners who are now on the road to success!

1. MOHAMMED HAGE of Lufa Farms

Mohammed Hage

Winner of the First National Award in the Bio-food category in 2011


A visionary businessman, Mohamed Hage founded Lufa Farms with the idea of growing vegetables on Montreal rooftops. What seemed at the time like a crazy idea later became a reality: in addition to being the first worldwide, these commercial greenhouses feed thousands of Quebecers daily.


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Elizabeth Stefanka

Recipient of the Grand Prize for the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, “Favourite” Award 

Women's Entrepreneurship and Audience Choice Award in 2015

Elizabeth Stefanka has ambition to spare and a well-defined vision of women's fashion. At 29, she manages a company that designs interactive booths to find clothing adjusted to each woman’s unique body shape. Learn more about an entrepreneur who decided to do things differently. 

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National Winner in the Success Inc. Category in 2015

It was during a sabbatical year that Chantale Houle discovered kefir, the result of a symbiosis of yeast bacteria. Without any scientific knowledge, she trusted her intuition and curiosity to go into business. Discover the woman behind the first Canadian plant-fermenting company!

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4. Christian Côté Palac industries

Christian Côté

Regional winner in the Technological and Technical Innovation Category in 2015

Christian Côté has revolutionized the transportation pallet, combining ecological values and a sense of innovation. Today he heads the first Canadian company to manufacture galvanized steel pallets that are both sustainable and affordable. Discover how this businessman had the idea of transforming freight for the better!

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5. Erick Auger Faction Bike Studio

Erick Auger de Faction Bike

Winner of the First National Award for Business Services in 2011

For Erick Auger, cycling is a world unto itself. And it’s a world that doesn’t stop rolling. Since his beginnings in Jonquière, where he founded Faction Bike Studio, a workshop that designs and produces bicycles, this former high-level mountain biker is out to conquer the world.


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6. MÉlissa Harvey Zorah Biocosmetics

Melissa Harvey

National Winner for the 2nd prize in the Exploitation, Processing, Production Category, 2007

During an internship in Morocco, Melissa Harvey discovered a co-op of Berber women who cultivate argan trees with the purpose of producing argan oil. She wanted to help these women, so she bought a batch of their oil, which she resold back in Montreal at the Jean-Talon Market. It was an instant success; Melissa depleted her stock very quickly. Faced with immediate success, Melissa cofounded Zorah Bioscosmétiques. Her company is the only one in North America to offer fully organic cosmetics, ecological and she rivals the great players in the cosmetics industry, which uses mainly synthetic products in its manufacturing.


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