A SPRINGBOARD FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Cirque du Soleil has spawned an entire ecosystem of Québec businesses. For acrobat-entrepreneurs like Les 7 doigts de la main troupe, service providers like Solotech, and innovative technology companies like Moment Factory, Cirque du Soleil has been a formidable creative research laboratory and a springboard for business start-ups and growth.
Start of a fundraising campaign for Les 7 doigts de la main, 2018-2022.
From left to right, top to bottom: Nassib El-Husseini, Shana Carroll, Guy Laliberté, Sébastien Soldevila, Patrick Léonard, Isabelle Chassé, Samuel Tétreault and Gypsy Snider (2018)
Photo credit : Ghyslain Lavoie
Guy Laliberté has also left his mark on the Saint-Michel district in Montréal, which Cirque du Soleil’s international headquarters has proudly called home since 1997. In addition to his local influence, Guy’s philanthropic contributions are global in scale. Through the Cirque du Monde program and the One Drop Foundation, he has played a role in the emancipation and well-being of tens of thousands of young people throughout the world.
Cirque du Soleil international headquarters
Photo credit : cirque du soleil archives, Julie d’Amour-Léger
We did some big things, but we also wanted to be involved in the community.
Since 2015, Guy has dedicated himself to developing Lune Rouge, a company supporting the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of various projects in the technology, entertainment, arts and real estate sectors. While the blue and yellow big top and the acrobats have given way to new technology, Guy’s purpose and drive remain steadfast: to support young, Québec talent in transforming their most ambitious and creative ideas into reality.
clip from Guy Laliberté’s interview, cercle des grands entrepreneurs du québec – only available in french