Nouvelles du Montréal inc.
May 12th, 2016
The Foundation
Join us at the Rendez-vous Montréal Inc.!

This June 8, join us to celebrate the progress made by our recent Laureates since obtaining their grants.  The program for this event features our latest Fondation Montréal Inc. Laureates, a Your Ideas are Good Business competition presentation, and the awarding of our latest grant (the Laureates and Friends of the Fondation Grant). Join Lucien Bouchard, Chairman of the Board of the Fondation Montréal Inc. and the Montréal business community for this unique opportunity to meet the next generation of entrepreneurs.
When: June 8, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Parquet, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
1000 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle, Montréal (Square-Victoria metro station)                                               
New laureates are joining the Montrealin inc. community!

The Foundation is pleased to announce that the candidate selection phase for the Montréal Inc. grant has just been completed. Here is a sneak peek of 24 Fondation Montréal inc. Laureates from the Spring 2016 cohort.
Training program and coaching

The basic principles of immigration law, with Audrey-Anne Chouinard and Marie-Josée Larouche.
When : May 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.

              Growing your customer base! Training offered by SAJE. 
              When : May 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

                   Validate your product, with Beth Thouin.
                   When: June 1th and 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Entrepreneurs in residence - Business chat series

Don't miss:  May 19th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: " Practical and effective means to conquer your market " with Marie-Josée Richer, cofounder of Prana, 2006 laureate. (In French)

Marie-Josée will address the following topics:

  • A dedicated and high-performing team from the get go: we need to be surrounded by the right people to nurture growth. The challenge is to create conditions to help recruit and retain good employees.
  • Build on the packaging: over 10 years the branding of Prana transformed from targeting Granola types to Yuppies.
  • Clarify the mission and vision: formalize the mission to meet the needs of employees and align them with same goal.
  • Have a strong and innovative growth strategy for both the product and the management of the company
  • Employ a "Purpose led company" management approach to get employees to buy into the mission.
  • Evaluate the company using the "triple bottom line" principle: social, environmental and economic performance of Prana. 
  • Establish robust distribution channels: independent shops, chains, bulk and an online store.
  • Quickly initiate your market development activities in simple and effective ways
  • Today's challenge: expanding into the United States. 

Discover Marie-Josée's profile on this SlideShare:



BugBites shines in front of the Dragons

What a month for BugBitesMartin-Luc Archamault, the famous and friendly dragon, described the BugBites presentation on the show as "the best 5 minute pitch this season." In addition, our dear Laureates won the Défi OsEntreprendre MTL prize in the category Development, production and processing.  Hats off to you, gentlemen!
Kinova wins Governor General prize for Innovation

On May 8, Charles Deguire, founder of Kinova, won the Governor General Innovation Prize for his invention, Jaco, a robotic arm that allows disabled people to perform daily tasks.  Inspired by his uncle, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, Charles Deguire founded his company a decade ago and now sells to 35 countries and employs over 60 people in Québec.
Ecotuned receives government funding for a green project

On April 25, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources announced  funding for three Montreal firms with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases.  Ecotuned was chosen for its project to convert the standard motors of pickup trucks (with two to three years of use and whose internal combustion engine is out-dated) with a reusable electric engine, the first in its class.

C2 Montréal impressed by our Laureates

At the international C2 Montréal Conference (May 24 to 26), seven of our Laureates have been honoured awards in the Emerging Entrepreneurs Competition which means they will have access to a range of workshops and the chance to network with big names within the business and creative world.  Congratulations to 1642 Cola, Beeye, Chic Marie, The Food Room, Tailor 2Go, Revols and SmartHalo!  
Nukern and MakerBloks selected in Silicon Valley

On May 4, 5, and 6,  the Founder Institute invited graduates, on the cusp of major breakthroughs, to attend the FounderX Advisory Program, a three-day event during which the lucky winners met with the most prominent of Silicon Valley investors and received personal assistance from the CEO of FI, Adeo Ressi.  Two of our Laureates, Nukern and MakerBloks, as well as two of the promoters of the Zone Montréal Inc., Flystro and Ask Pam, had the privilege of attending this event.
Five Laureates included in the G20 YEA delegation

BiogeniQ, SmartHalo, Oatbox, Popupcamp and 1642 cola will be part of la Canadian delegation of young entrepreneurs who will visit Beijing next September, to raise awareness among the G20 leaders and legislators and promote the cause of youth entrepreneurship. They will have the chance to network with and build relationships with more than 800 entrepreneurs from across the world.
Notetracks was the big winner of Startup Launch Pad pitch competition
Notetracks was crowned winner of the Startup Launch Pad, a competition organized by Canadian Music Week, which is a pitch contest for startups in the music industry.  Notetracks' prize included cash and services and was competing against seven competitors.  Bravo!
Events to come
Anges Québec invites you to test your pitch

Are you thinking of one day of initiating a round of financing for your startup? If so, the Test Your Pitch event will provide you with the chance to practice your business presentation before a panel of Angel Investors who will provide you with their valuable feedback. You will have 30 minutes to present and discuss your business project.   Click here to submit your application.

Deadline for submissions: May 15.
An online course to ensure the successful launch of your business
As of May 16, HEC Montreal will offer an enhanced version of the free online course (MOOC) entitled  "Réussir son démarrage d'entreprise - L'approche SynOpp "

Click on the  EDUlib  link to register.
How to finance one's business at the startup phase or prior to launch with Futurpreneur

Multiple funding sources exist in Québec for businesses for launching or prior to launch. But how does one distinguish and determine which ones are best suited to you and your business? Maryse Gingras, CEO of Futurpreneur and Caroline Pelletier, Development Director, Communications and Training at Anges Québec will explain the support options, grants, loans and loan guarantees, tax credits and wage subsidies and venture capital investments which are available to you. 

Click here to register.
Webinar: May 25.
Spin Master Innovation Fund

For the sixth consecutive year, Futurpreneur Canada and Spin Master Corp. are joining forces to support young innovative entrepreneurs. The Spin Master Innovation Fund gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to take an idea as an innovative company that can transform industries and change the rules of the game, from its products or services, implemented processes or impact it can have.

Submit your application here.
Deadline: June 9, 2016.
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