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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.

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:


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. (



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.


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.


Weekly Roundup of the Must-Read Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-12

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network.

This week's top articles include the pitches from past Founder Showcase winners; a hacker's guide to getting press for startups; the top 10 sources of seed funding; how to get over the intimidating talk about co-founder equity; and more.

Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of April 6th.

How to Master the Startup Pitch: Watch these Founder Showcase-Winning Pitch Videos

While over 850 startups have competed in the Founder Showcase pitch competition, just 115 have competed on stage, and we have crowned only 14 champions. Watch the videos of the last ten pitches that won the event and learn what made them winners.

Don’t Make This Mistake When You Find a Great Startup Idea

In this episode of the Mentor Minute, Chris Hogg, a mentor for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute and Co-Founder of 100Plus (recently acquired by Practice Fusion), talks about his process for finding ideas and cautions against abandoning it once a great idea is discovered.

The Hacker’s Guide to Getting Press

Writing for the Blog, Austen Allred, with the help of Fit Marketing, has put together a hacking guide to garnering press for startups and entrepreneurs. Austen says, "On the surface, the process of getting press seems reasonably simple. But doing that well and making it scale can become very complex very quickly."

The Top 10 Sources of Early-Stage Money

Over on Inc., Kimberly Weisul has put together a helpful list of the top 10 sources of early-stage funding. The data for the list was based on information provided by Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank, and CB Insights and takes into account each angel investors' activity for 2013.

Frank & Oak Cofounder Talks About the Jump from Employee to Entrepreneur

BetaKit has posted the full video of Hicham Ratnani, COO/CFO & Co-Founder of online men's clothier Frank & Oak, speaking at a Founder Institute event on the transition from a corporate employee to startup founder.

Get Over Your Intimidation of Splitting Co-Founder Equity

It's been well-documented that deciding to take on a co-founder can be a fruitful choice, improving the business prospects for many entrepreneurs. However, if one does partner up, there is one intimidating hurdle that must be overcome: Figuring out how to split equity. For those having trouble with this, Al Bsharah has one simple piece of advice: "Get over it."

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