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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: 

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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.

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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:


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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.


Founder Institute Launches in 6th Continent, with Newest Chapter in Johannesburg, South Africa!

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-06-17

Today we are excited to announce our newest location, and first location in Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa!  

With this new launch, the Founder Institute now operates across six continents. (Now, if we can just get someone to run an Antarctica chapter, we will have all seven continents covered!)

The Founder Institute is a part-time, four month training program where aspiring entrepreneurs can launch a company with expert feedback and support from experienced startup CEOs, while not being required to quit their day job. In four years of operation, the Silicon Valley-based program has launched over 800 companies across 40 cities worldwide, creating an estimated 10,000 new jobs.

The Johannesburg chapter is just around the corner, as the 4-month program is slated to start on August 12th. The program is open to existing and prospective technology founders of all kinds - with or without an idea, young or old, and with a full-time job or unemployed.

If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Johannesburg, click here to apply. If you apply by the Early Application Deadline on Sunday, July 7th, you get to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free (typically $50), and have the opportunity to receive a discounted Early-Bird course fee as well.

If you would like to learn more, then join a free event we will be hosting in the coming weeks:

The Founder Institute selected Johannesburg for its newest chapter, and first entry in Africa, because the city is a major business centre and gateway for many other countries on the African continent, leading the way in most of the major business and consumer sectors. In addition, the startup community in Johannesburg as a whole is quite fragmented, and the collaborative, mentorship driven approach of the Founder Institute can help create a unifying platform where budding and experienced entrepreneurs can work together to launch great new companies. 

"It's been clear in our research and testing that the part-time nature of our program is particularly suited well for Johannesburg", says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute. "Talented IT and business professionals are in high demand in the region, and thus have a very strong support system in the large company realm. We are hoping to provide a support structure for these talented individuals to begin building their own companies, and my goal is to help launch over 20 meaningful and enduring technology companies per year in the city."

The Johannesburg Founder Institute will be led by Keith Jones, and Odette Jones. Keith has started and run a number of businesses within the tech-sector since 1997, most recently listing on AIM in London 2009.  His strong understanding of a wide variety of business sectors across Europe and Africa married to his technology expertise and his ability to solution architect has enabled him to successfully bring new product to markets within and outside of South Africa. Odette brings her experience of performance management, coaching and developing senior executives within global listed businesses to the entrepreneurial space assisting Founders with navigating the unique challenges that starting a business brings on both a business and personal level.

Expected mentors of the Johannesburg program include;

  • Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute
  • Alan Burger, Founder & CEO of Infoslips 
  • Anthony Stonefield, Managing Director of Gramercy Venture Advisors
  • Christoph Sollich, The Pitch Doctor
  • Elton Bondi, Founder of the Cyest Corporation
  • Geoff Garrett, CEO of SalesRehab
  • Jonathan Crisp, CEO of IDI Technology Holdings
  • Justin Spratt, CEO of Quirk
  • Michael Prentice, CEO of Silica Holdings
  • Rob Sussman, Founder and Co-CEO of Integr8it Group and Zunguz
  • Warren Van Wyk, Founder of Payspace
  • and many more to be announced

Click here to apply to the Johannesburg Founder Institute today.

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