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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: www.spiegelsohmer.com 

Richter

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.

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: www.futurpreneur.ca

Kruger

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. (www.kruger.com

 


 

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.

RJCCQ

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.

JCCM

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.

NM

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: @Peerby socializes the borrowing and renting experience

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2013-01-27

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

This profile on Peerby, a graduate of the Amsterdam Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2012 by Daan Weddepohl, Peerby allows people to find, share, and rent or borrow durable goods from their neighbors. 

 

 

 

It’s late on a Sunday evening. After a weekend of non-stop activities, you’re finally ready to burrow into bed early and start the week off with a restful sleep. Just as you crawl under the covers, however, a bolt on your bed frame comes loose. You hear a loud creak as your mattress caves in from the hardware mishap.

It dawns on you suddenly: you lent your toolkit to your brother, who lives an hour north, last month as he was preparing to move into a new apartment. You have no choice but to drag yourself to the nearest 24-hour convenience store, disgruntled and exhausted.

We’ve all been there. Having to locate and invest in items you don’t technically need is a pain point for people. And yet, as interconnected as the world has become, it’s almost silly to think how disconnected we are when it comes down to the simple, everyday occurrences like completing a home repair project.

Dutch startup Peerby wants to change the way people consume durable goods. To tackle this mission, Peerby offers a platform for neighbors to share and rent or borrow common household items such as cooking equipment and tools.

Offered as an app and a website, Peerby uses Facebook, email, and smartphone notifications to search for others in a user’s postal code region. It then sends requests to neighbors and helps connect the user with the borrower or renter so they can negotiate the terms of use. For extra protection, Peerby also offers pickup and return reminders and product insurance.

Peerby is founded by Daan Weddepohl, a former CTO, who first thought of the idea after watching a TED talk titled “The Case for Collaborative Consumption” by Rachel Botsman. Weddepohl’s aim is to focus on people rather than goods, which is why he chose not to make item listings a part of the platform’s offering.

After launching in July 2012, Peerby received an investment by SonomaVentures in November 2012 after being recognized for its unique market offering.

Currently, Peerby is only available in the Netherlands. However, Weddepohl hopes to expand the startup to a global scale in the future. If his dream is realized, we can expect demand-based sharing to become more of a normality in communities across the world.

 

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