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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: 

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.


12th #FounderShowcase Winner, Spikes, Secures $1M Seed Round From Javelin Venture Partners

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-01-24

Today we are excited to announce that Spikes, the winner of the 12th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition and Silicon Valley Founder Institute graduate, has secured $1 million in Seed Funding! Leading the round is Jed Katz of Javelin Venture Partners, a San Francisco based VC firm and regular attendee of the Founder Showcase.

In response to the round, the Spikes team posted this on the company blog: “[We] would like to thank our new friends at Javelin and the other angel investors for believing in us and our mission to secure the web. ‘It has been a lot of work to prove our technology and prowess, and get to work securing the web’ said Spikes CEO/CTO Branden Spikes upon receiving news that funding had been completed.”

At the 12th Founder Showcase, Branden Spikes wowed judges and won the competition with a near perfect score. With such an overwhelmingly positive response to Spikes at the Showcase, it’s no wonder Javelin backed the project. Click here to watch Spike’s winning pitch.

Congratulations to Branden and the Spikes team!

Don’t miss out on catching a first glimpse at some of the world’s hottest early-stage startups - reserve your tickets to the 13th Founder Showcase today. At the March 27th event, 8 promising seed-stage startups will pitch to a panel of investor judges in hopes of making a lasting impression, just like Spikes. A limited number of super-reduced price tickets are still available. Click here to reserve your seats today.

If you are the founder of an early-stage startup that is less than two years old with less than $250,000 in funding, you are eligible to enter the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition. Applications must be received by Sunday, February 17th. Click here to learn more.

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