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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:


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. (



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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 & AppCampus Team Up to Support Top Mobile Entrepreneurs with Training, Tools & Capital

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-06-11

Today we are excited to announce to announce a partnership with AppCampus to support promising U.S. mobile startups with vital training, mentorship, tools, and capital.

AppCampus, a global mobile application development program led by Aalto University in Finland, deploys funding by Microsoft and Nokia to foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Through this partnership, the Founder Institute will integrate AppCampus into its entrepreneur training curriculum across its U.S. chapters, giving all program participants access to exclusive Microsoft mobile tools and coaching. In addition, the most promising mobile startups have the opportunity to receive up to 70,000 euros in development grants. Applications for several U.S.-based Founder Institute programs are open now at

U.S.-based FI Graduates interested in AppCampus can see the next steps in the private section of the blog below. 

“Of the Founder Institute’s over 800 graduate companies, several hundred companies are currently developing applications for the Windows platform,” says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute. “AppCampus is a perfect partnership for us, as it opens doors for our companies to most effectively use the Windows Phone Store as a distribution channel.”

One such graduate, Yumvy, which guides users through the process of cooking a meal, has already received a grant from AppCampus to bring the interactive tool to the Windows Phone Store. Yumvy is a graduate of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Founder Institute and has already been featured by Microsoft as a top app for the Windows Surface tablet.

“AppCampus is ecstatic about FI collaboration, we are on a quest to build a global partner alliance around AppCampus and reach developers through them”, says Pekka Sivonen, head of AppCampus. ”We want to help mobile entrepreneurs all around the world evolve into the next generation of mobile innovation, and with the help of likes of Founder Institute, we’re making that happen.”

Within the AppCampus program, mobile entrepreneurs can benefit not just from award funding, but also comprehensive coaching, marketing support, training in mobile technology, design and usability to create innovative new mobile apps and services. The best teams are invited to AppCademy, a 4-week intensive training camp held in Finland, where teams receive extensive training and coaching. 

Through the Founder Institute’s 4-month, part-time accelerator program, aspiring company founders can receive expert training, feedback and support to launch a technology company - without quitting their day job. Based in Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute has programs in over 40 cities across 6 continents. The program is open to a variety of candidates, including employed or unemployed, those with or without ideas, and those with technical or business skills.


About The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute ( is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies. Through a part-time four month program, existing and prospective founders can launch their dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs - while not being required to quit their day job. In just four years of operation, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 800 companies across 42 cities and six continents - making us the world's largest startup accelerator. Our goal is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" by launching 1,000 meaningful and enduring technology companies per year in over 50 cities worldwide.


About AppCampus

AppCampus ( is a global mobile application development program led by Aalto University, Finland. Funded by Microsoft Corp and Nokia, the AppCampus program has been set up to foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups. AppCampus is aiming to attract thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Within the AppCampus program, mobile entrepreneurs can benefit not just from award funding, but also comprehensive coaching, marketing support, training in mobile technology, design and usability to create innovative new mobile apps and services.

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