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: www.spiegelsohmer.com 

Gold Sponsor

Richter

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. www.bnc.ca

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: www.futurpreneur.ca

Kruger

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. (www.kruger.com

 


 

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.

RJCCQ

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.

JCCM

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.

NM

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.

 

13th Founder Showcase Recap: Thank You for Another Great Event!

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-03-28

Thank you to everyone who attended the 13th Founder Showcase! We are excited to have completed another exciting event, with two phenomenal talks from Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures) and Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz), a room buzzing with startups demoing their wares, and stellar pitches from 8 early-stage companies.

Congratulations to our Pitch Competition Champion – Realty Mogul and runner up, Embarke.

It was a tough decision for these two Founder Institute and TechStars graduates, who were both favorites of the audience and judges. In the end, however, our panel of investor judges made the final call and awarded Realty Mogul the title of 13th Founder Showcase Champion.

Realty Mogul: Realty Mogul is developing a marketplace to pool money online and buy shares of pre-vetted investment properties like apartment buildings, office buildings and retail centers to help accredited investors invest in real estate with lower minimum investment sizes and without the hassles of tenants, toilets and trash.

Embarke: Embarke is developing an email optimization product to help Marketers increase opens and clicks by 10%-25% with analytics on individual user behaviors and interests, allowing for the automatic delivery of the right message to the right person at the right time.

Additional participants of the competition included;

  • Whale Path: Whale Path is a crowdsourced research platform where professionals such as market researchers, financial analysts & economists can acquire research from top university students in related majors at reduced cost.
  • Crimewatch: CRIMEWATCH Technologies is developing communications software to help law enforcement create direct connections with the public in order to disseminate information and collect intelligence
  • Vinolovers: Vinolovers is a wine subscription site that helps wine drinkers discover affordable and boutique wines through an educational and personalized buying experience.
  • Entryless: Entryless Accounts Payable as a Service frees up staff resources by interconnecting enterprises accounting & ERP systems to import bills through any channel, and is developing B2B entry less payments Open Network, to enable companies manage & pay all their AP Online.
  • Datepress: Datepress is developing an e-commerce website to help busy couples discover and purchase dates by working with top merchants and vendors to offer exclusive date experiences.
  • Engage a Pro: Engage-a-Pro is developing an enterprise application to help managers make better decisions about their service providers using the power of credible client feedback.


And, as usual, we had an amazing lineup of judges from the top venture firms in Silicon Valley, including; Andrew McCollum (EIR at NEA), Paul Bragiel (i/o Ventures), Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners), Jon Soberg (Blumberg Capital), Ben Narasin (TriplePoint Ventures), David Lambert (Right Side Capital Management), and Chris Child (Redpoint Ventures).

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event possible – we look forward to seeing you at our next Showcase, taking place in the Summer of 2013.
Stay tuned for more updates!

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