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: 

Gold Sponsor


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.


The Weekly Dose of Knowledge Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-19

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

This week's top articles include a Mentor Minute with TrueCar CEO Scott Painter; a pair of blogs from female CEOs talking about their experiences from both a female and non-technical perspective, respectively; 3 new business books for entrepreneurs; and more.  

Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of April 13th.

To Be a Nice CEO, or Not to Be, That is the Question

There is no "one right way" to build a company. The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week, we ask the question: Which is the more effective leadership style, strict or friendly?

The Biggest Misconception of Startup Funding, According to Scott Painter

On this week's Mentor Minute, Scott Painter, Founder and CEO of TrueCar (which recently filed for a $125 million IPO), describes how the biggest funding pitfall for new entrepreneurs is when they assume they can give up very little equity. In his career, Scott has started 37 companies and raised $1.25 billion in venture capital.

What I Learned in My First Year as a Female Startup CEO

Writing for the The Next Web, Yunha Kim, the founder and CEO of Locket, a San Francisco-based startup that changes the way you use your device's lock screens, talks about the Top 3 reasons it sucks to be a female CEO and the Top 3 reasons it is awesome to be one.

3 New Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Over on Inc., John Brandon has put together short descriptions of 3 new books that are not specifically "startup" books, but address the types of business issues an entrepreneur will regularly face. They include "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead", "The Hard Thing About Hard Things", and "Haunted Empire".

The Difference Between Incubators and Accelerators

Blair Giesen, a writer for the Voice of San Diego, breaks down the specific differences between startup incubators and accelerators to help aspiring entrepreneurs make the right choice. As Blair says, "Starting a business is hard. Deciding to utilize an accelerator or incubator program can be a make-or-break moment in that process."

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned as a ‘Non-Technical Founder’

Blogging on Medium, Michele Spiezia, the founder of Bespoke Atelier, talks about her experiences being a non-technical co-founder. She says it can be intimidating, especially since, "In the New York startup space, being a ‘Non-Technical Founder’ is to wear the scarlet letter." Check out the lessons she learned going through the process.

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