Premier Sponsor

Spiegel Sohmer

 Spiegel Sohmer is a firm of attorneys offering state-of-the-art expertise to a diversified business clientele seeking solutions that are innovative, concrete, and pragmatic. Our firm groups some forty five attorneys who concentrate principally within three broad specialties: business law (including Intellectual Property), tax law and litigation.  Spiegel Sohmer has extensive experience representing companies at all stages of their life cycle, from start up through to exit, and also represents a wide array of investors: 

Gold Sponsor


Richter is, above all, a financial consulting services firm offering strategic support and has been a recognized member of the business community since 1926. Richter entire team consists of more than 450 partners, experts, high-level professionals and administrative employees. Because of this collective expertise, our firm has an unrivalled reputation and has earned the respect of the business community.

National Bank helps home-grown businesses expand by offering them personalized service and banking solutions adapted to their needs. We strive to develop integrated, diversified and innovative business solutions that will meet the needs of your business at every phase of its existence. We offer a full range of financial services to individual clients, SMEs and large companies. Whatever your sector of activity, our team of experts will be able to advise you and assist you with every stage of your business growth.

Silver Sponsors

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization to provide financing, mentoring, and support tools for every business stage to aspiring business owners and startup founders:


Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States. (



Community Partners

NACO Canada

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) accelerates a thriving, early-stage investing ecosystem in Canada by connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support Angel-stage investing. NACO provides intelligence, tools and resources for its members; facilitates key connections across networks, borders and industries; and helps to inform policy affecting the Angel asset-class.

Anges Quebec

Anges Québec’s mission is to help its angel investors make profitable investments in innovative companies in a wide range of industries and in all regions of Quebec. To this end, Anges Québec identifies the best entrepreneurs and business projects and supports the Anges Québec members who finance them.


Le RJCCQ soutient un réseau de jeunes chambres de commerce et d’ailes jeunesse à travers le Québec, représentant plus de 8 000 jeunes professionnels, cadres, travailleurs autonomes et entrepreneurs âgés de 18 à 40 ans.


La Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM) est un regroupement de près de 1 600 jeunes cadres, professionnels, entrepreneurs et travailleurs autonomes âgés de 18 à 40 ans, ce qui en fait un des plus grands réseaux de jeunes gens d’affaires au monde.

Hacking Health

Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.


Noticias Montreal is a Spanish-language media based in Montreal and founded by a group of immigrant journalists. Its main goal is to provide the latest news, information and features about Montreal, Quebec, Canada. NM wants to offer a helping hand in the immigration and integration process of the numerous newcomers as well as promoting the Spanish language.

La Gare

La Gare is a collaborative workspace. A place to work, connect and learn in the heart of the Mile End.


Built in Denver Features Denver FI Grad, TAGster, for New Tech Company Profiles

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-03-04

Denver Founder Institute graduate, TAGster recently participated in Denver New Tech, one of Denver’s top startup pitching events. Alongside 5 other local startups, Tagster pitched to a large audience of tech enthusiasts and received feedback to further refine their product and messaging. Built in Denver journalist, Carlin Sack, featured TAGster in her first of 5 New Tech company profiles for her Denver New Tech Series.

In the interview, TAGgster CEO Josh Pierce describes the company as a “free service that gives lost objects, people, and pets a way back home through the use of uniquely ID’d tags and a back-end system that instantly notifies the owner”. Items like car keys, cell phones, credit cards, and even toddlers can have a tag of their own, and when that item (or child) gets lost, a simple QR code scan will anonymously link the finder and the owner.

The concept came into play after Pierce entered fatherhood and began noticing an increase in everyday items getting lost. He felt that brands “needed a white label solution to add lost-and-found technology to their existing products and services”. Having already partnered with major brands like Subaru and Boulder Running Company, TAGster plans to introduce their system to retail stores in about two months.

To read more about TAGster and their plans for 2013, check out the full company profile on Built in Denver.

As one of the most supportive and flourishing startup communities in the US, Denver was recently named one of the Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments. If you are interested in starting a company in Denver in 2013, apply to the Denver Founder Institute today. Enrollment for the Spring Semester is open until Sunday, March 17th, 2013. Click here to begin your application.

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