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.

 

Why It’s Important to Have a Demo Table, by Al Bsharah of Embarke

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-05-06

In this guest post, Al Bsharah, co-founder of Embarke, shares why getting a Demo Table at startup events like the Founder Showcase is an absolute must. Al explains 4 key benefits startup founders can look forward to before, during and after the Showcase, including quantity and quality of mentors, investors, customers and more.

A Founder Showcase veteran, Al and Embarke began with a demo table and worked their way up to coming in 2nd place at the 13th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition. To reserve your demo table at the 15th Founder Showcase, click here.

If I were to boil down the reason why it’s hugely important to get a demo table at The Founder Showcase, it would be this word:  DENSITY.

1. Density of Productivity:

First, we set a date to launch the 2nd iteration of our product.  That date was the Founder Showcase, and we booked a demo table to show it off.  I can tell you there’s no better forcing function than an event like this to make sure you hustle to deliver a completed product on time.  Pick a date you have NO control over, and lock yourself into it by getting a demo table!
 
2. Density of Customers:

There’s no better way to get a bunch of people interacting with your product, and you, in just a few hours.  Stop running around trying to find people to talk to, and let the eager ones come to you!  Make sure there are at least two of you manning the booth, because we could barely keep up with the traffic.  Catch their eye with something interesting on the screen.  Those that focus on that will spend about 15 seconds before they’ll want to know more or move on…so step in before that happens.
 
3. Density of Mentors / Investors:

We met quite a few mentors and investors that we still keep in touch with to this day, and I’m sure we will continue to over time.  The Founder Showcase draws in investors and mentors from all over the place.  Be on your toes and on your game, because you may not recognize an investor until you’re exchanging business cards.
 
4. Density of Pitch Practice:

When it’s all said and done you might have a hoarse voice…but you will have met some amazing potential customers, some amazing potential mentors or investors, received a ton of business cards, set up a ton of follow-up meetings, and will have learned more in a few hours than you could have in weeks on your own.  Best of all, by the end of it your pitch will have morphed into a perfectly flowing work of art!
 
Don’t think about getting a table, just do it.
 
About Embarke
Embarke increases opens, clicks, and revenue for marketers by 5%-20%. Using behavioral analysis we're able to automatically deliver emails to their users with content they actually want, and at the time they're most likely to engage. We don't replace the email service providers or marketing automation tools companies are already using, we integrate with them so our customers can turn us on in 15 minutes. We have an amazing partnership with SendGrid who is introducing us to the top 1-2% of their 130k customer base, and we're optimizing millions of emails every day.

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