Nouvelles du Montréal inc.
Newsletter  |  December 15, 2016
The Foundation
Breaking news

Realizing the constant increase in the number of grant applications received, Fondation Montréal inc. will now thus 4 submission deadlines instead of 2.

Upcoming submission deadlines for 2017

February 3, 2017, before 5 p.m.
May 12, 2017, before 5 p.m.

Moreover, Fondation will hold information sessions for all entrepreneurs who are planning on submitting a grant application.  It is a fantastic opportunity to meet us and get all the answers to your questions regarding the grant application process, the evaluation and eligibility criterias.

Information sessions
January 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (in French) Register
January 26, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  (in English) Register
*Webinar:  January 11, noon to 1 p.m. (bilingual) Register

Training on startup costs and financial forecasts  
January 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (in French)  Register



2016 Highlights
A prolific year for Fondation Montréal inc.

We continue to support entrepreneurs
  • 99 businesses supported thanks to more than a hundred donors and 400 business volunteers
  • 47 grants awarded for a total of $700,000
  • 52 businesses have used our accompaniement services
  • 463 dyads in coaching and mentoring
  • 450 participants to trainings/workshops
  • 2 new services:  focus group and market validation
Fondation broadens its scope of outreach with two general public events
  • Startup Weekend Femmes Montréal: Fondation's Female Entrepreneurship Committee launched its first edition of Startup Weekend Femmes Montréal which was a success, gathering more than 150 participants
  • Bootcamp Leverage Your Idea:  the grande finale of the 2nd Edition of the University Challenge Leverage Your Idea turned into a 24-hour bootcamp to which more than a hundred aspiring entrepreneurs took part in as well as university entrepreneurship centers, incubators and accelerators

Building bridges with the ecosystem

Fondation Montréal inc. has reinforced its links with thirty partners by being more present on the field. Fondation has negociated partnerships for the benefit of all its laureates with more than fifteen organizations.   The activities organized in 2016 have attracted the attention of traditional and alternative medias and resulted in a net increase of engagement on social media.

Position available:  Director of Operations

Fondation Montréal Inc. is evolving and, just like its young entrepreneurs, is in the midst of developing new projects. It is thus looking for a Director of Operations who is passionate about entrepreneurship to complete its very friendly and eager team. This is a new position.

See the position



Soirée Montréal inc. raises $200,000


On November 30, Fondation Montréal inc. was announcing that its annual fundraising event, Soirée Montréal inc., was sold out.  Hosted by Mitsou, several hundreds of large companies executives as well as young talented entrepreneurs gathered at Marché Bonsecours to celebrate entrepreneurship.

The amount raised will be directly reinvested in grants and consulting services for young entrepreneurs.  See the photo album here.


Prix Montreal inc.'s finale

Prix Montréal inc.'s grand finale showcased three recent laureates of the Fondation:  Phazon, Sharethebus and Wilder&Harrier.  The guests attending Soirée Montréal inc. were asked to become dragons and vote for their favorite business.

 After a tight vote, Phazon was crowned grand winner of the Prix Montréal inc.  All three finalists win more the $25,000 worth of exposure as well as consulting services.  

See Phazon's interview with JAB Productions.


From left to right:  Christian Houle (Founder of Phazon), Martin Roldan (VP Marketing at Phazon), Mitsou Gélinas (Host and Entrepreneur), Guy Cormier (President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group).



Speedcoaching law, finance and accounting


More than 30 laureates gathered at EY to participate in this year's second speedcoaching event, where more than 30 business volunteers came to share their expertise with them.

Thank you Nicolas

Toute l’équipe de la Fondation Montréal inc. tient à remercier Nicolas Morand, pour son engagement et son implication dans l’écosystème montréalais de l’entrepreneuriat pendant ses 10 années en poste à la Fondation à titre de directeur, financement des entreprises.

Au cours de cette période, il a vu plus de 3000 projets d’affaires et veillé à ce que seuls les meilleurs soient sélectionnés afin d’en faire des lauréats de la Fondation.  Nicolas a participé activement à la transformation constante de la Fondation au fil des années par son apport stratégique et ses idées.  Malgré son départ de notre organisation, il laisse ici de nombreuses marques de son passage et un impact durable, tant par sa contribution à notre vision stratégique, à notre crédibilité, notre réputation d’excellence, qu’à notre nom!  

Comme il a tissé des liens avec plusieurs d’entre vous: lauréats, promoteurs, donateurs et bénévoles, nous savons que vous vous joignez à nous pour lui souhaiter succès et bonheur dans ses futurs défis.
N’hésitez pas à rester en contact avec lui par linkedin.

Training program and coaching

Upcoming workshop

January 17 2016, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.:  «The legal aspects of website», by Teresa Kastryk | Lavery, De Billy

February 9 2016, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:  «Let's discuss that funding offer! », by Jean-Nicolas Delage | Fasken Martineau

Upcoming trainings

January 13 2016, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: «Position your business with the help of crowdfunding» by Maude Laplante |

January 25 2016, 9 a.m. tp 12 p.m.:  «Commercial fares:  how to maximize your return on investment» par Julien Roy | Marketing Face à Face

February 3 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: « Entrepreneurs: succeed in your negociations »  by Line Trépanier, B.Ing, CAA, PMP, (MBA)

See our online calendar for the complete lists of workshops and trainings.  You can now register via our Intranet.



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>>>  ÉAU, Nectar and Umiko (finalist of the challenge Leverage Your Idea) are finalists of the NOVAE challenge:  vote to support them!

>>>  Watch Phazon's pitch at the Dragons Den's

>>>  See the behind-the-scenes of Poches & Fils's collection for La Maison Simons

>>>  This add allowed Näak to raise $12,220 with a crowdfunding campaign

>>>  Portrait of SmarHalo in La Presse

>>>  Portrait of Ballet Hop in La Presse +

>>> Alvéole just launched POC, a ready-to-use delivery service of henhouses offered in Montreal and the surrounding areas

>>>  Salut Bonjour: Guilde Culinaire showcased their Christmas Osso bucco made with 1642 Ginger

>>>  Prix Montréal inc.'s finalists videos:  Phazon, Sharethebus et Wilder & Harrier.

Events to come
Entrepreneur in Residence 
Hicham Ratnani of Frank + Oak

Hicham and his childhood best friend, Ethan, grew up with a passion for arts and technology and the intricate relation that exists between those two things.  Ethan has always been fascinated by the delicate, essential and human relation between products and people.  A graduate of McGill University in engineering, Hicham proudly carries small bruises from his years in the University football team.  It is after several discussions among old friends, filled with ambitious aspirations and ideas, that the dream of building their own company arose.  One final day, it was the day. A sentence they have repeated several time, since two years ago, when they made come true their dream of reinventing the shopping experience.  Mission accomplished!

Hicham will come to tell the story of how, today, it is so important for him and his cofounder to continually reinvent themselves.   Responsible for a team of more than a hundred of employees, Hicham will share his precious tips and advice to the laureates and promotors of Fondation Montréal inc.


When:  Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: 1550 rue Metcalfe, bureau 605, Montréal (Qc) H1A 3P1

P.S.: workshops and trainings are reserved exclusively to promotors and laureates of the Fondation.

McGill Dobson Cup

As McGill's premier startup competition, startup teams will have the opportunity to compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes, awarded as seed funding to the most promising companies across 4 Tracks:  Innovation Driven Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, Social Enterprise, Health Sciences

Deadline:  December 18, 2017


OJIQ is looking for entrepreneurs to participate to SIMA, the International Fare of agricultural and livestock farming.

Deadline: January 10, 2017


GIBM Watson AI XPrize

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies and spark creative, innovative, and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges.

Deadline:  January 19, 2017


ARISTA Contest

Concours provincial ARISTA has been rewarding, for 40 years, young talented entrepreneurs who stand out and show their leadership skills and innovate.  Enter the contest and get the chance to benefit from visibility, grants and other prizes.

Deadline: February 6, 2017


Grand Prix québécois de la qualité

The highest distinction granted annually by the Québec Government to private businesses and public organisations which stand out by the quality of their management and global performances.

Deadline: March 2, 2017

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