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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 Officially Launches Second Russian Chapter, in Saint Petersburg

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-25

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is proud to announce that it is launching a new chapter in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The first ever semester in Saint Petersburg begins this Spring and is currently accepting applications.

With an existing chapter in Moscow, the Founder Institute hopes to launch more than 30 meaningful and enduring technology companies per year in Russia.

Saint Petersburg is one of the most technically proficient cities in not only Russia, but on the entire planet. There is definitely a very quickly growing startup ecosystem in the city, and across the Baltic region as a whole.

However, Saint Petersburg will not realize its potential as a startup hub until there is a clear and structured path to entrepreneurship for the massive professional workforce in the city. The Founder Institute hopes to provide this, and inspire the technical talent in the city to begin building their own companies.” - Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute

In response to an overwhelmingly positive reception during their trial period in Saint Petersburg last February, the Founder Institute has decided to officially launch in the city, celebrating with a “Pre-Curriculum” of free events for the general public.

The first semester of the Moscow Founder Institute graduated 10 new Russian technology companies, and the second program, which is currently operating and will end in May, has over 15 technology founders enrolled.

Leading the Founder Institute's efforts in Saint Petersburg are Andrei Komarovski, serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of; and Jane Smorodnikova, CEO at

If you would like to learn more, then please join us for a free, upcoming event:

In only 6.5 years of operation, over 1,650 graduate companies across 100 cities have used the Founder Institute to validate their idea, develop their plans, refine their product, build an advisory board, prepare for seed funding, and more.

                                        We hope you will join us in Saint Petersburg and launch a company in 2014.

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