Nouvelles du Montréal inc.
September 21, 2015
The Foundation
The Grand-messe Montréal inc.
October 20, 2015, the Grand-messe Montréal inc. will bring together under one roof 100 startups from all sectors for the first time. This large startup expo will give young entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their products and services to other entrepreneurs, to the business people, bloggers and medias.
A unique event for discovering new startup trends in Montréal!
The event will take place in one of Montréal's oldest churches, the Church of St Joseph, which now houses the Salon 1861 – a meeting place for creative collaboration.
If you would like to be an exhibitor, please contact Andrée Lemay. (Free booth space. Participating companies must have been in business for less than 3 years and will undergo a selection process).
To attend the expo and meet entrepreneurs, register here for free.
Main Partner



Semi-Final - Prix Montréal inc.

Launched in 2011, the Prix Montréal inc. is an exclusive competition for Fondation Montréal inc. laureates. The participants represent  the best that the next generation of Montreal entrepreneurs has to offer.
Seven ambitious and talented entrepreneurs will compete on stage at the semi-final, in order to earn a spot in the Finals at the Soirée Montréal Inc.
On October 22, come in large numbers to encourage the competing startups and vote for your favourite business: Oatbox , Mobilier De GaspéHeddokoMakerBloksMogile technologiesNeuro-Concept et 1642 cola.
The semi-final program:
5:30 pm - Welcome and cocktails
6 pm to 7:30 pm – Pitches by competitors & questions from the jury and the public
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Cocktail reception & announcement of the finalists and the public vote winner
Free admission. Registration required. Reserve online.

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Tickets are selling quickly for the Fondation's annual benefit event to be held on November 25 at the Salle des pas perdus - Gare Windsor. Join the business community to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Montreal and celebrate 50 years of investment by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in our economy.
Check with Melissa about our special $250 ticket price (regular price: $750), which is offered, exclusively to laureates and active volunteers of the Fondation.
Training program and coaching
" Entrepreneurs en résidence "

For 19 years, the Fondation has helped young entrepreneurs to develop their businesses by providing quality training and workshops. In our new lecture series "Entrepreneurs en résidence", successful laureates speak to new entrepreneurs about their area of expertise and share in simple terms best and worst practices.
October 8: Gilles Barbot from Esprit de corps on "Leadership, winning teams and hurdles." For more information, click here. (Presentation in French but Q/A are bilingual)

November 12: Dax Dasilva from Lightspeed on" What to focus on to succeed in technology- How to generate sales" . Pour en savoir plus sur le contenu, cliquez ici. (Presentation in English)

December 10: Charles Deguire from Kinova on "Creating value: a constant challenge to the founder." For more information, click here. (Presentation in French but Q/A are bilingual)
9 AM: Presentation by the Entrepreneur in Residence on challenges and their solutions, ongoing discussions, and questions and answers
11 AM to 12 PM: individual 20 minute coaching sessions (selected from interested participants)
Important: Please note that places are limited. First come, first served. Participation in the coaching sessions will be confirmed one week prior to the event.
Fall 2015 Training 

We have put together a really ambitious program for the Autumn, here's a sample of the training available to you for free. Register now. Seating is limited.
October 2 from 9 AM to 4 PM: Successful negotiations in all circumstances with Mariam Tounkara, Partner | PROfile relation clients. (French)
October 6th from 9 AM to 4 PM: Internet advertising: how to reach customers with Cyril Chaib, president | Agence Dialekta, Fondation Laureate. (French)
October 14 from 9 AM to Noon: Financial projections related to my business model with Jean-Luc Deschamps, CPA Ex-CFO New look, Van Houtte, Gaz Métro and Cirque du Soleil. (French)
October 16 from 9 AM to 16 PM: How to build a social media strategy with Jean-Sebastien Giroux, VP Digital Strategy and Partner | Substance Stratégies. (French)

Collaborative group

Join the 3rd collaborative group which will kick-off in November and benefit from the experience of entrepreneurs who face the same challenges as you.
Collaborative group focuses on using interactions between participants to achieve a key objective: becoming a better entrepreneur.
Frequency: Every 5 weeks over a period of 6 months
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Fondation Montréal inc.
Group start-date: November 2015
Timetable: to be determined by participants.
Group of 6 to 8 entrepreneur with a minimum of 3 years of experience.
Let us know if you are interested by October 15 by getting in touch with Denis Karegeya.
Note: The group will be diverse and will not include competitors. Applications subject to selection.
Wear It Smart 2015

Montreal’s first large-scale wearable technology conference is coming on October 1 and you are invited. Wear It Smart Conference will explore the impact, the potential and the challenges wearables, including smart clothing, are having within various industries. The event will take place at Société des Arts Technologiques de Montréal and will feature a panel of innovators and thought leaders within the Wearable Technology space.

For more information, click here.
Webinar "How much is my startup worth?" (in French)
Valuation is a complex issue faced by entrepreneurs seeking capital funding: is it an art or an exact science?
On September 23, François Gilbert, President of Anges Québec, will explain during a one-hour webinar, the criteria that investors in startups employ to determine a "fair" valuation.
For more information, click here.
Laureates in the news

Montréal inc. is fully mobilized!

Volunteers are more motivated than ever to lend a hand to the next generation. To date, more than 226 coaching sessions have been completed this year and 103 project evaluators have expressed interest in evaluating applications for the next cohort of the Foundation laureates. To all of you, a big thank you!

Congratulations to Pierre Rodrigue, Foundation board member and chairman of the Soirée Montréal inc. Committee, who was recently appointed Vice President, Industry Relations of BCE and Bell.

Louise Leroux, active volunteer of the Foundation for 4 years, has just published Bonheur et Leadership : Guide d’autocoaching sur le bonheur et le leadership authentique.


Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents

The Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office (a UNESCO City of Design) and Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association invite designers from the 69 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and Hong Kong to submit applications for an Award recognizing the success and talent of young designers.
Deadline: September 30, 2015 at noon.
Food Innovation Award
Be recognized for the innovative technologies or products of your agri-food company in this competition organized by the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ).
Deadline: September 30, 2015. For information, click here.
Prêt à entreprendre

If you have been in business for less than five years, you could benefit from personalized support and funding of up to $30,000 to accelerate your growth. Submit your application before September 30th, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Défi Startup 7
Les Affaires is launching Défi Startup 7 and is inviting aspiring entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to start a business in seven days with less than $700.
Deadline to register: October 4 before 11:59 PM.
Call for Applications CTA @ Boston

The Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) is a 4-month immersion program that connects your business to the unique resources and contacts in New England to help accelerate your growth. 

The online CTA@Boston application will close Thursday, October 15, 2015 at close of business. More information here.
Tremplin 2015

20 Quebec Agrifood SMEs interested in marketing their food through a network of convenience stores in Quebec are sought to participate in the promotion Springboard 2015. For more information, click here.

Deadline: October 15, 2015.
For more great competitions and price, see the Info entrepreneurs news.

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