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Focus 2020: an accelerated version of go to market despite a pandemic

From: Juliette Belle

Last night, with a glass in hand, we celebrated online the end of an epic and significant chapter for the 5 resilient enterprises that took part in our Focus Program. For 12 weeks, during the pandemic, E.D. Films, Gallea, Gridspace, Madefire and Shaftesbury benefited from 200 hours of customized consultation and 36 hours of workshops, conferences and trainings. More than 60 people, the start-ups, the experts, the guides, the CEOs in resident, the partners as well as the Zú team were able to pivot in a matter of weeks in order to offer this program virtually without expensing any elements. Impressive! Congratulations! Hats off to you all!

Yesterday, 100 people connected to view our closing event online to discover the projects that are currently redefining and rethinking the new normal of today’s entertainment. These teams have showed that they have what it takes to push and propel their creative forces to become a true entrepreneurial force. These last few weeks, the companies in these cohorts have passed through a crucial step where they graduated from ideation to strong growth and where a prototype has met its market and where brands have found their voice and their unique personalities. Mid pandemic, the start-ups in this cohort were able to go to market with their projects in an impressive accelerated matter and these amazing accomplishments are nothing short than incredible.


E.D. Films

“E.D. Films work with Zú's Focus incubator program was one of the most valuable business moves we have ever made. The program has been essential in driving our strategic, financial, and leadership approach to our next exciting stage of growth from start-up to a solid, sustainable company.”
Archita Ghosh, Executive Producer, E.D. Films


E.D. Films is an award-winning animation studio and digital tools maker. From hybrid animation, XR and immersive content to technical creation tools and tutorials, our art + tech team treats both our own IP and our clients’ projects with creativity, expertise and thoughtfulness while we drive it to high-quality completion.


Gallea

“We were impressed by the complementarity of the mentors of the Focus program. They allowed us to ask the right questions in order to grow our solution internationally. In just a few months, we saw an increase of more than 400% in the sales of works of art on the platform as well as a significant increase in our artists with more than 350 new registrations.”
Guillaume Parent, CEO and Cofounder at Gallea.

Gallea is the largest online art gallery in Quebec in addition to being a network of establishments exhibiting the works of these artists. With the help of technology, we are democratizing the way of discovering and consuming art, both online and offline, while stimulating the local economy.


Gridspace

"The Focus program at Zú steered us towards a smaller more flexible iteration of our product making it more scalable and accessible. The quality of the guides and level of their input was world class."
Hugues Léger, Partner at Gridspace

Gridspace has started a new phase of its development with two new partners: Hugues Letellier and Hugues Léger. This association will allow Gridspace to accelerate its growth in the entertainment, wellness and immersive experiences sectors.

Gridspace is a multimedia creation studio specializing in the design and production of creative environments in situ. We have created temporary installations or permanent infrastructures at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds using our inventive scenography, motion design and the latest technological innovations.

Madefire

"Working with Zú has been wonderful, we have launched Madefire Montreal! Being able to arrive into their ecosystem of alliances, work with their coaches and be a part of the artistry and engineering of Montreal is such a unique opportunity, thank you.”
Ben Wolstenholme, CEO, Madefire

Madefire is a content technology company that provides creators and publishers with a state-of-the-art publishing platform called “Motion Book Tool” which makes a digital approach to multi-platform publishing in a variety of formats, from phones and tablets to TV and XR, possible.


Shaftesbury

“Zú Focus program is the ultimate connector. We found the experience of the Zú accelerator to be incredibly helpful at a critically important time in our development. The advisors experience and insight was tailored to our needs and they provided us the coaching necessary to move this to the next level of success.”
Ted Biggs, VP Technology at Shaftesbury.

Shaftesbury is a leader in the creation, production and distribution of high value scripted, branded, mixed reality and digital programming for international audiences, with reach in over 120 countries. Continuing in this tradition, Shaftesbury Technology is reimagining pediatric healthcare through next-generation patient engagement and positive distraction therapy.


Zú team joins its initiator, Guy Laliberté, to thank all the partners, experts, guides and CEOs in residence who have contributed to the success of the program.

COMITÉ DE SÉLECTION / SELECTION COMMITTEE

ALEXANDRE AMANCIO


Reflector Entertainment

PDG

CEO


TONY BUU



TELUS 

Directeur général, Stratégie technologique, Réseau mobilité


JEAN-CLAUDE BUSTROS



Concordia

Associate Professor (Film Production), Cinema Chair


DAVID DAVIDSON


TELUS Communications
Consultant en gestion, stratégie technologique
Management Consultant, Technology Strategy


MARIE CÔTÉ



Côté Multimédia

Présidente 


JULIA CYBORAN



C2

VP Marketing & Audience


JEANNE DORELLI



Directrice marketing et développement des affaires

Director Marketing and business development


CLAUDE GAGNON



Consultant

Conseiller et investisseur en technologie pour les médias et le divertissement


DOMINIC GAGNON


Connect&GO 

Cofondateur et CEO Co-Founder and CEO


ROBERT HOFFMAN



Lenovo

Senior Worldwide Industry Manager, Media & Entertainment


SHAUHAN KATAROYAN



Consultant
Capital-risque et capital-investissement
Private Equity & Venture Capital


BRIGITTE LEBLANC


Banque Nationale – National Bank
Vice-présidente associée Canada &   International
Associate Vice President Canada &   International


JENNY THIBAULT



XN Québec

Directrice générale

General Manager





CEO EN RÉSIDENCE

VICTOR DURO


Alice & Smith Studios
Cofondateur Co-Founder


DOMINIC GAGNON


Connect&GO 

Cofondateur et CEO Co-Founder and CEO


ASHKAN KARBASFROOSHAN


WatchMojo

PDG 

CEO


ANTHONY PALERMO


Connect&GO
Cofondateur

Co-Founder




GUIDES

MÉLANIE BERNARD


Bikini Village
Gestionnaire senior des opérations

Senior Operations Manager 


DAVID DAVIDSON


TELUS Communications
Consultant en gestion, stratégie technologique
Management Consultant, Technology Strategy


MAZEN EL BAWAB


Ubisoft
Programmeur en chef – Rainbow Six Siege

Project Lead Programmer – Rainbow Six Siege 


MARIE-NOËLLE GAGNON


Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Talents internationaux et récompenses mondiales

International Talent Mobility & Global Rewards


MATHIEU GATIEN


Lune Rouge Entertainment

Directeur exécutif de création

Executive Creative Director


SAMER GEISSAH


TELUS
Gestionnaire senior des opérations 

Director, Technology Strategy 


BRENDAN HANDLER


Consultant
Média et divertissement 

Media & Entertainment 


JEAN-LUC HÉBERT


Saimen

Vice-Président, ventes internationales et marketing
Vice President, International Sales & Marketing


SHAUHAN KATAROYAN



Consultant
Capital-risque et capital-investissement
Private Equity & Venture Capital 


MARK KHOURY



Coach pour entreprises en démarrage

Startup Coach


ELIZABETH LAETT


Holt Accelerator

Partenaire
Managing Partner


LUDOVIC LANGLOIS THERIEN


Media & Entertainment Strategist

Chef du développement des affaires – Division multimédia
Head of Business Development – Multimedia Division


ANDRÉ LAVIGNE


KM&T   

Fondateur et conseiller principal
Founder and Chief Advisor 


BRIGITTE LEBLANC


Banque Nationale – National Bank
Vice-présidente associée Canada & International
Associate Vice President Canada & International


PAUL MACO


Moon Consultants

Président
President 


FLORIAN MESNY


Moonrakers
PDG et Directeur général

CEO & Managing Director 


ALEXANDRE MIASNIKOF


Lune Rouge Entertainment

Directeur exécutif - Production
Executive Director - Production


PAUL ORTCHANIAN


Bain public

Fondateur et PDG
Founder and CEO


RYAN PETERS


Quadbrige
Partenaire mondial 

Global Managing Partner 


DELPHINE POUX



Consultante
Consultant 


DANY RENAULD


Pilote groupe-conseil

Vice-Président, Chef des opérations
Vice President, Chief of operations 


MARTJIN STEINRUCKEN


AeonVirtual

Fondateur et Chef des technologies
Founder and CTO


ARIANE-LI SIMARD-CÔTÉ



Sommet du design de Paris
Directrice générale
General Manager 


LAURENT VERNET



Spécialiste en Arts et Espaces Publiques

Chargé de projets, Collections d’oeuvres d’art
Project Manager, Art Collections





CONFÉRENCIERS / SPEAKERS

NASSIM BENNACER


EY 

Gestionnaire senior – Incitations fiscales
Senior Manager – Business Tax Incentives


RON CHERILUS


Centre I AM

Président et fondateur
President and Founder


DAVID DUFRESNE


Panache Ventures

Partenaire
Partner


SIGRID ELLEFSEN


TELUS Solutions d’affaires – TELUS   Business
Directrice générale, Ventes
Executive Director, Business Solutions


VALÉRIE FORGET


Bonjour Startup/OSMO

Directrice innovation
Innovation Director


GENEVIÈVE GUAY


Dentsu X

Présidente
President


JEAN-LUC HÉBERT


Saimen

Vice-president, ventes internationales et marketing
Vice President International Sales & Marketing


STEPHEN KIELY


DentsuBos

Président et PDG

President & CEO


BRIGITTE LEBLANC


Banque Nationale – National Bank

Vice-présidente   associée Canada & International
Associate Vice President Canada & International


SIMON MCDOUGALL


Synopsis Marketing
Associé
Associate 


BIANCA PIETRACUPA


Norton Rose Fulbright
Avocate
Lawyer


NIKITA STEPIN


Norton Rose Fulbright
Avocat senior
Senior Associate

JULIEN THIRY


DentsuBos

Directeur créatif associé
Associate Creative Director


JOSÉE TURCOT


Banque Nationale – National Bank

Directrice   de comptes
Account Director


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