Nouvelles du Montréal inc.
February 18, 2016
The Foundation
The evaluation of 149 Foundation grant applications is underway

The team of entrepreneurship coordinators at the Foundation is currently evaluating the 149 Montréal inc. grant applications received to date. The criteria for eligibility, the competitive advantages, the innovative nature of the projects, the potential for job creation and profitability are all thoroughly studied. Attention, experts at work! Our coordinators have reviewed almost 2,250 dossiers over the past 10 years.

More than 70 volunteers will participate in the evaluation of the eligible candidates who are selected. Their valuable advice is an essential part of our selection process and helps us to single out the best!
"Montréal inc. Startup Grant" crowdfunding campaign

Thanks to the donations made by large businesses, young Montréal entrepreneurs receive the boost they need to propel their startups forward!

There is no such thing as a small gift! That's why the Foundation is launching a crowdfunding campaign to finance the new "Montréal inc. Startup Grant" on March 14. Eager to do more for young entrepreneurs, why not become a donor yourself! Stay tuned.
The Foundation is hosting the Cocktail-Talk "Fashion and Technology"

The Foundation is proud to be partnering with Nota Bene in the organization of the cocktail-talk "Fashion and Technology" tonight.

The guest entrepreneurs include:
  • Anna Martini, President of Groupe Dynamite Inc., Fondation Administrator.
  • Elizabeth Stefanka, Founder and President of Stefanka, 2014 Foundation Laureate.
  • Rami Karan, Founder and CEO of Thirdshelf, 2014 Foundation Laureate.
The evening will be hosted by Geneviève Borne.
Training program and coaching
Upcoming Training and Workshops

Mastering high level negotiations with Mariam Tounkara, Partner, Profiles Relations Client - February 24, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Storytelling for crowdfunding with Diana Yazidjian, Founder, DFY Consulting - March 2 from 9 am to 4 pm.

SEO in action with Thomas Weiler, Digital Marketing Expert and Analytics, Mediative - March 10, 9 am to 4 pm.

How to collect and use Big Data? with Philippe Nieuwbourg, DSI Data Science Institute Inc. - March 15, 9 am to 4 pm.
NB: the training sessions are reserved for Fondation Laureates and entrepreneurs from the Zone and their employees.

Entrepreneurs en residence - Business chat series

Missed Dax Dasilva, Founder of Lightspeed, 2006 Laureate, or you want to hear his advice again? In this English language video, he explains how he developed a sales strategy that allowed his company to grow exponentially and acquire capital in the US. It addresses the issues of:

  • Subscription base
  • Distribution strategy
  • Know who you are
  • Investor influence

Videos are great, but a meeting in person is better! 

Don't miss:

March 18, from 9 am to noon: « Building a winning team », with David Lipes, cofounder and co-CEO of Budge Studios, laureate 2001. - conference in English.

Budge Studios is the industry leader in entertaining kids through innovative and creative apps with products such as Strawberry ShortcakeTM, Care BearsTM, Crayola®, The SmurfsTM, Caillou®, ChuggingtonTM and GarfieldTM. For David, Budge Studio’s success can be mostly explained by the strength of the team he was able to build.


9 a.m. : Presentation by the entrepreneur of the challenge and its solutions, continuous discussion and questions / answers

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. : Individual coaching meetings of 20 minutes each (with interested participants)


Important: Please note that places are limited. First come, first served. Participation in the coaching will be confirmed one week prior to the event.


A fleet of Montréal drones, co-produced by ARA Robotics was presented at an international competition in Dubai;

Atomic 3 designed the new interactive installation The Island of Heat, which will be exhibited on the Promenade des Artistes during the Montréal en Lumière;

Maison Cyma was at New York's Fashion Week with its latest collection;

Even though it hasn't been around very long, Microclimat has already won its first trophy, the Grand Design Award for The Taule project;

Profil’Pack (Laureate) and Alpes Packaging joined forces to deliver a complete service in the development of packaging;

Samer Saab, President and CEO of eXplorance , is a finalist for the 2016 Investissement Québec CEO of the Year Award;

SHED architecture is designing The Livart project, an integrated arts center on St. Denis;

The Food Room was part of "10 things to know," Les Affaires daily list

Mélissa Harvey, Founder of Zorah biocosmétiques, shares the highlights of her entrepreneurial journey in Devenir Entrepreneur.
Events to come
5@7 Centech

Centech's next 5 @ 7 will be held March 8, 2016. The guest speaker is Marie-Chantal Chassé, President, Executive Director and Founder of JMJ Aerospace.
Webinar "How much is my startup worth?"

Valuation is a complex issue faced by entrepreneurs seeking capital funding: is it an art or an exact science? François Gilbert, President of Anges Québec, will explain during this one hour webinar, the criteria used by the Angels to determine a "fair" valuation.
When: March 2, from 12 noon to 1 pm.
2016 Prix Novae

Novae is launching the third annual Prix de L'Entreprise Citoyenne, a competition that recognizes "sustainable" initiatives by Québec organizations.

Companies, NGOs, SMEs and municipalities are invited to submit their top achievements of the year in one or more of the ten competition categories (ecodesign, mobility and transportation, procurement, sustainable building, awareness raising and advocacy, business strategy...).

Application Deadline: February 29, 2016.
Prix ESTim

The 28th annual ESTim Award competition will take place in 2016. It is open to business people active in the area of operation of the Chambre de commerce de l’Est de Montréal (CCEM).

Application Deadline: March 11, 2016.
Montréal-Paris Startup Exchange

Startupfest and Paris&Co are organizing, Montréal - Paris Startup Exchange, a contest aiming to send ten (10) Parisian startups to Montreal and ten (10) Montreal startups to Paris, for a 3 month incubation period, starting May 2016.
Application Deadline: March 11, 2016.
Dare to take on... and embrace the challenge!

The OSEntreprendre Challenge is all about business creation and is intended for bold entrepreneurs who are contributing to the growth of the Montréal region by creating new groups of or individual companies.

Application deadline: March 14.
Fundica Roadshow

Fundica is travelling across Canada for the 2016 Fundica Roadshow. In each of the 10 cities they travel to, Fundica is searching for the best startups working on an innovative solution, and wants to give them the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of angels, VCs, banks and government organizations. Join us on March 29 at Notman House to either pitch, network, or attend RoadTalks.
Application deadline: March 14.
Grant competition for small businesses

ADP's Grant Competition for Small Businesses offers small business owners a chance to win one of six cash prizes of $10,000 and zero ADP payroll processing fees for one year (up to $3,500).
Application Deadline: April 30, 2016.
For more great competitions and prizes, see the Info entrepreneurs news.

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