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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.


Grad Profile: @GCrowding helps fuel environmentalism among entrepreneurs

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2013-11-02

Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe.

This profile on Green Crowding, a graduate of the Brussels Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2012 by Sissy Mueller, Green Crowding helps renewable energy project developers secure funding from local communities instead of taking bank loans. 



As environmental preservation grows into a bigger priority among developed nations, more and more citizens and businesses are taking strides to make eco-friendly life choices and decisions. In a survey of over 3,000 corporate leaders in 113 countries, the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group found that 70% of respondents say that sustainability has a permanent place on their management agendas. 

With environmentalism on the rise, Green Crowding seeks to make a big impact on businesses looking to capitalize on this development by helping renewable energy project developers find the funds they need to get their projects built and generating clean electricity. 

Based in Germany, Green Crowding was founded by Sissy Mueller, who believes that “an environmentally-friendly economy is feasible and profitable in the long-run” and injects this mantra into Green Crowding’s core mission. 

Specifically, Green Crowding helps renewable energy project managers secure funding from local communities instead of seeking bank loans. It reasons that involving the local community in these projects opens up new opportunities to drive the transition to sustainable energy, as the current bank loan process is over-complicated and deters project developers from getting the funding they need. 

With Green Crowding, project developers and investors can complete the payment and contract signature process entirely online on one platform, thereby simplifying the funding process for both parties. Furthermore, project managers can keep its investors updated via electronic communications, which facilitates a convenient stream of communication between the project’s owners and funders. 

So far, Green Crowding has helped project developers fund and build a solar park in Eastern Germany. The startup reports that it has three projects in its current pipeline, including two solar-powered schools and a solar-powered supermarket. 

With eco-friendly initiatives already on the rise, societies around the world can expect to see more enterprises taking more environmentally-conscious measures in the future. As this shift continues to take shape, Green Crowding rests at the helm of a greener world.


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