Startup Next Montreal

    Monday, February 23 - May 2, 2015


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Montreal

Monday, February 23 - May 2, 2015



Monday, February 23 - May 2, 2015
Program starts at 5:30 pm

Lavery lawyers 1, Place Ville Marie Suite 4000 (40th floor)
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4M4


Applications have closed

Startup Next is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world

Whether you want to get accepted into a top accelerator program or raise a seed round, our hands-on mentorship program and investor and accelerator network can help you to get there. We will just accept 5 top-quality startups.

Startup Next has helped dozens of startups get into top accelerators and raise millions of dollars in seed funding. Startup Next will get your team focused on the progress needed to stand out from others applying through our framework of top-quality mentorship, content, and referrals to accelerators or investors. See our success stories and case studies.

The program consists of 3 hour weekly sessions for 5 weeks. While 5 weeks is short, we go above and beyond after the program to continue helping our alumni. Check out the session breakdown and post-program value adds.

What happens after Startup Next?
Startup Next doesn't just end when the program concludes. As an alumni of the Startup Next program, we want to roll up our sleeve's and dig in to help you hit your next milestones. We will directly help our alumni in two ways:

  • Silicon Valley Trip: The top Startup Next teams will be nominated, judged, and selected following the program to participate in a multi-day experience in Silicon Valley. Trip includes: pitching investors and learning from the top founders in the Valley on how to build startups.
  • Accelerator and Investor Introductions: Startups who are recognized as 'investor-ready' will get access to introductions from Startup Next to a network of accelerators and investors who have partnered with us in search of quality deal flow.

What is the cost to participate if accepted?
  • This program does not take any equity
  • There is a program fee of $300 per team member. Teams will only need to make a payment only after being accepted into the program
  • The program fee helps us cover the local logistics and support of volunteer mentors & facilitators. 

What are the application requirements?
  • Teams should have at least two co-founders with complementary skills (ideally technical and business)
  • Startups must be working on a technology-enabled idea
  • Some proof of an MVP is needed as teams should be at more than just the idea stage
  • Some level of traction (users, revenue, LOIs, etc) already seen
  • Teams must fully complete the application and submit a video introducing their startup

FAQ
If you have questions, check out our FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for you. 
To view the companies selected for the Winter 2015 Silicon Valley First Look Forum in partnership with the Google, Techstars and the Global Accelerator Network, visit:
http://www.startupnextdemoday.co/




Program Schedule

Monday February 23rd


5:30 pm
Registration
Participants and Mentors register for the first session. Light dinner will be served.


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


6:15 pm
Speaker: Mauro Repacci, CEO at NAVUT
Navut was the Winner of Startup NEXT Montreal Spring 2014 cohort.


6:40 pm
Team Pitches
Teams presenting their 3 min pitch and get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


7:35 pm
Closing Remarks
Reminder for next session: assignments


7:40 pm
Networking
Networking with peers, mentors and facilitators

Monday March 2nd


5:30 pm
Registration
Participants and Mentors register for the first session. Light dinner will be served.


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Workshop + Q&A
Workshop: Customer Acquisition with Beth Thouin, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Presentations + Mentors feedback
Teams will have to present 1) Improved 3-min presentation pitch (demo day style), and 2) 3-min topic presentation. Teams get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


8:30 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday March 9th


5:00 pm
Registration
Participants and Mentors register for the first session. Light dinner will be served.


5:35 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


5:45 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing & Competitive Landscape with Bob Dorf, followed by a Q&A session


6:30 pm
Team Presentations + Mentors feedback
Teams will have to present 1) Improved 3-min presentation pitch (demo day style), and 2) 3-min topic presentation. Teams get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday March 16th


5:30 pm
Registration
Participants and Mentors register for the first session. Light dinner will be served.


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:15 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - MVPs & UX with Étienne Garbugli, followed by a Q&A session. Special Guest: Étienne Garbugli


6:45 pm
Team Presentations + Mentors feedback
Teams will have to present 1) Improved 3-min presentation pitch (demo day style), and 2) 3-min topic presentation. Teams get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


8:30 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday March 23rd


5:30 pm
Registration
Participants and Mentors register for the first session. Light dinner will be served.


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - KPI's & Metrics with Isaac Souweine, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Presentations + Mentors feedback
Teams will have to present 1) Improved 3-min presentation pitch (demo day style), and 2) 3-min topic presentation. Teams get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


8:30 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday March 30th


5:30 pm
Registration
Participants and Mentors register for the first session. Light dinner will be served.


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - VC Funding (Lead Investor, Negotiation, Term sheets, etc), followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Presentations + Mentors feedback
Teams will have to present 1) Improved 3-min presentation pitch (demo day style), and 2) 3-min topic presentation. Teams get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


8:30 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Monday April 6th


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks + Welcome


6:15 pm
Session with Lavery


8:00 pm
Networking and Celebration

Thursday April 30th


1:30 pm
“Test Out Your Pitch” with Angels Quebec
The Anges Québec network is holding a “Test Out Your Pitch” session where you will present and discuss your business project with a panel of angel investors and members of Anges Québec. You will have 5 to 10 minutes to pitch your business project to the members of the panel, who will then share their feedback with you. The format will allow you to discuss the most important elements of your business and receive feedback from experienced business people. The objective of the event is not to make an investment but rather to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive valuable feedback and to make connections with influent angel investors in Anges Québec network.

Saturday May 2nd


5:00 pm
Startup NEXT Montreal Demo Day
Startup Next is a top pre-acceleration program, with over 40 programs running globally this Spring to mentor startups. Our Startup Next Montreal Demo Day is a private event showcasing the best startups that completed the Startup Next Spring 2015 Program. Top teams from Montreal will be presenting their startups to investors, policy-makers, accelerators, local angel investors and the RJCCQ/JCCM business community.


Program Judges


Ty Danco
Director, Techstars Boston

Investor turned entrepreneur turned investor turned entrepreneur turned investor. Son, husband, and father of entrepreneurs. Founded eSecLending and BuysideFX. Blog about startups on TyDanco.com. 


Étienne Brassard
Business lawyer at Lavery, de Billy, LLP

Étienne Brassard practises business law with the firm and is a member of the Private Financing Group. His main areas of practice are business finance, banking law and commercial law and, in particular, the negotiation and drafting of credit agreements and related security documents on various types of assets. He has also acted in several major cross-border syndicated and non-syndicated financings during his practice, or relating to specific assets such as aircraft financing. He also represents and advises clients in connection with asset and share purchases and sales, corporate reorganizations, and the negotiation and drafting of various commercial contracts.


Simon Lapointe
Manager, Audit at Richter



Alexandre Guertin
Investment Associate at Teralys Capital

Specialties:Venture capital ∣ financial modeling ∣ marketing + strategy + branding ∣ international business


Maryse Gingras
Directrice chez Futurpreneur Canada


Maryse est directrice régionale de Futurpreneur. Maryse développe des relations avec les acteurs de l’écosystème entrepreneurial pour rejoindre les valeurs et la mission de Futurpreneur Canada. Maryse est membre du conseil d’administration de la Corporation d’employabilité et de développement économique communautaire (CEDEC.


Speakers and Mentors


LP Maurice
CEO - Busbud | Partner - Interaction Ventures | Co-Director - Founder Institute Montreal

CEO & Co-Founder of Busbud, an e-commerce startup focused on intercity bus travel. Partner and co-founder of Interaction Ventures, an entrepreneur-led angel fund investing in and support exceptional early stage entrepreneurs. Co-director of Founder Institute Montreal


Sean Brownlee
General Partner, Rho Canada Ventures

Sean Brownlee is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With nearly 15 years of operational and venture experience, he is passionate about collaborating with entrepreneurs and helping them grow their ventures to become leaders in their spaces.


Chris Arsenault
Managing Partner at iNovia Capital

Chris Arsenault is a senior executive with over 15 years of general management experience in high technology industries, with extensive experience in business development, strategic planning, sales, marketing and communications. Chris first joined MSBi Capital in 2002 as a Partner focused on InfoTech investments, and is now President & CEO of iNovia Capital (formerly MSBi). 


Roger Chabra
General Partner at Rho Canada Ventures

As an investing partner at Rho Canada Ventures (“RCV”), I invest in high potential companies in sectors that I understand and have experience in. My personal style is to help entrepreneurs where I can be valuable and stay out of areas or situations where I cannot. My professional world is centered on supporting entrepreneurs day in & day out to achieve their visions.


Marc Petit
Partner at XPND Capital



David Nault
Principal at iNovia Capital

David est Vice-Président d’investissement chez iNovia Capital, un Fonds de capital de risque de démarrage possédant 450M$ d’actifs sous gestion. David est depuis longtemps entrepreneur dans le domaine des technologies. Il a commencé sa carrière comme Président chez VIPswitch, une entreprise technologique innovatrice, pour laquelle il a contribué à lever 15M$ en financement pour faire croitre l’entreprise. Ensuite, à titre de directeur au développement des affaires pour Pivotal Payments, il a amené l’entreprise à avoir plus 60 000 clients, 400 employés et 150M$ de revenus annuels. Plus récemment, David a été nommé président de Callio Technologies, dont la propriété intellectuelle a été acquise par Bell Canada. David détient un baccalauréat en commerce de la John Molson School of Business.

David siège sur le conseil d'administration de BusBud, TrackTik, Woozworld et Chronogolf et agit en tant que conseiller pour les entreprises VarageSale, Crew.co et Crowdbase. Il est notamment reconnu pour son expertise en logociel, commerce electronique et transactions digitales.



Jeffrey Grammer
Partner at Rho Canada Ventures

Jeff Grammer is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With over 30 years of operational and venture experience, Jeff seeks entrepreneurs who see market opportunities and possess the business acumen to nurture young companies to become industry leaders. Jeff’s interests also extend to working with young, first-time entrepreneurs to help them build world-class management teams. He volunteers much of his free time to coaching his children in youth sports.


Marcus Daniels
Co-Founder/CEO, HIGHLINE.vc

Marcus Daniels is a digital product entrepreneur, seed capital investor and innovation platform architect.


Marco Janeczek
Director Accelerator + Incubator, L-Spark

Marco Janeczek’s currently serves as a director to L-SPARK, 
an Ottawa based SaaS accelerator and is the Managing Partner of Infinite Ventures, 
where he invests, advises and creates early stage startups. 

Marco’s entrepreneurial journey began with the creation of Gables Medical Billing System and Perfumes.ca. 
His early passion for startups has given him the possibilities to be part of great teams and products,
in a variety of roles including CEO, VP Sales,  and Product Development, as well as advisory roles in 
companies such as Yostro, OnTab, Pat Group, TOWNHILL Software, Gbatteries, hatchbrands, Pcsso, Responsa, Zikera, Zooppa, DomainsIncome, Ottawa Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, 
Planet Domains and Decisyon. Marco experience ranges from idea creation, product development,
customer development, M&A and partnerships. When possible, Marco commits time to StartupWeekends and FounderInstitute.


Arnaud Douilliez
Directeur Développement, Marketing et Formation, Anges Québec

Titulaire d’une maîtrise en comptabilité et gestion financière, du Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers de Paris, Arnaud débute sa carrière dans l’audit légal chez Ernst & Young pour les secteurs des services et de l’industrie. Expert en audit et en comptabilité, il devient ensuite contrôleur financier chez Avery Dennison pour développer sa polyvalence. Il acquiert de bonnes connaissances en système d’information, contrôle de gestion et procédure de contrôle interne. À la suite de ses expériences en grands groupes, Arnaud œuvre depuis 2004 dans le monde de l’entrepreneuriat et du développement des PME. Il occupa un rôle exécutif en tant que CFO & CEO, pour gérer une société de services à l’international en croissance rapide (de 5M$ à 20M$ de revenus, 4 à 15 pays, 2 à 50 clients et 50 à 200 personnes).   En 2008 il crée AMDPLUS Gestion pour accompagner les entrepreneurs dans leurs problématiques de financement, de gestion, de rentabilité et d’acquisition de clients. Il vend sa société en 2014 Aujourd’hui, Arnaud est membre investisseur et responsable du développement des affaires au sein de l’association Anges Québec, membre du comité aviseur de la société Chronogolf et mentor à la fondation de l’Entrepreneurship. Il vient de lancer www.montreal5a7.ca, 1er site web regroupant l’ensemble des événements de réseautage d’affaires à Montréal.


Bruno Morency
Entrepreneur in Residence at iNovia Capital

I started Context.IO, an API that makes it easy and fast for developers to integrate email data in their applications. It was eventually acquired by Return Path in 2012 and the product lives on despite the core team having moved on (my main claim to fame!). My background is engineering but I love bringing tech products to market and selling them as much as I love building them.
I'm strongly attached to Montreal and believe in its capacity to generate leading tech companies. Putting this into concrete actions with Interaction Ventures and mentorship at both FounderFuel and The Founder Institute.


Isaac Souweine
Entrepreneur in Residence at Real Ventures

Isaac is a product and marketing leader who is passionate about product development, company building and ecosystem creation. Currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Real Ventures, he’s also held leadership roles at high growth startups like Flatbook (now Sonder) and Frank + Oak as well as large technology companies such as Yahoo and Scholastic. Isaac has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Columbia in religious studies. A dedicated mentor, public speaker, event organizer and connector, he strives to spread a pay-it-forward mentality to the companies and communities in which he works.


Jason Stanley
Head of Product at Provender

Product Development and Iterative Innovation ---- My experience and skills in research help me cut the wheat from the chaff in lean, iterative product and service design processes. A Ph.D. in sociology and a decade's worth of social research have trained me to think rigorously about data, metrics, and causality. Right now, I am leading an effort to inject a lean build-test-learn ethic into the experimental activities of a start-up, including through more rigorous experiment design and more systematic collection and analysis of data.


Raff Paquin
Co-founder & CTO, Return Magic | Partner, Interaction Ventures

Combinant plus de 10 ans d’expérience en commerce électronique, vente de détail, système d’informations et implantation de processus, Raff est membre fondateur technique de Frank & Oak. Il a supporté la croissance de l’entreprise de 6 à 130 employés en étant responsable des plateformes mobile et web en plus des efforts d’intelligence d’affaires et de gestion des opérations. Il supporte l’écosystème des startups québécoises en étant conférencier, mentor et juge dans plusieurs programmes d’entrepreneuriat, dont Startup Weekend et NEXT par Google for Entrepreneur. Il siège aussi sur les conseils de quelques entreprises québécoises en forte croissance. Raff démarre présentement une seconde entreprise, Alveo, qui développe une infrastructure de commerce électronique complète. Il est également directeur Data Science pour la Startup à succès Lightspeed qui offre des solutions POS aux détaillants et aux restaurateurs.


Mauro Repacci
CEO at NAVUT

• Co-founder & CEO at Navut - matchmaking people relocating with the most suitable local providers
• 7 years career in product development, marketing and finance
• MBA from Queen's University
• C2-MTL Emerging Entrepreneur Award (2014)
• Featured on 1,000 Startups


Beth Thouin
Digital Marketing Expert

Beth Thouin is a customer-obsessed marketer seasoned in startup marketing. In this talk, she'll go over how to find your potential customers, validate your solution/problem fit, pivot if necessary and provide the tools to help in your decision making. Customer validation is about building a product that people will buy. Let's find the right customer and the right solution for them!


Eyal Toledano
Co-founder & CEO at Catnap Games

Growth Engineering Consultant with tech entrepreneurship experience. Founded 2 startups, focus on Growth & Product. Systems over tactics.


Juan Cabrera
UI/UX Designer

Designer at heart. I specialize in UI and UX design. Involved as UX Designer at Spotted and Bottle Bookings.


Steven Milstein
Founder & Chief Executive Story-Teller at Collab.Ventures

Drawing on over 25 years in software development and a few years of lean startup lessons learned, going back to the first dot com days, I'm anxious to help companies who are struggling to innovate, to help emerging tech startups struggling to go to market. Collab.Ventures - the evolution of Menschenables.com & StartupBreakfastClub.com, is for CEOs of small and medium size companies struggling to find a competitive advantage. It's like an Accelerator for the other 99%.


Mehdi Mehni
Lead Growth Hacker & Viral User Acquisition Specialist at SociableLabs

Mehdi a 15 ans d’expérience dans le domaine du génie logiciel et de la gestion de produits. Entrepreneur et passionné par les startups, il a co-fondé en 2010 la startup ViralNinjas, aujourd'hui devenue SociableLabs. Team lead et Team player, en étant Chief Technical Officer, il a monté et géré des équipes web multidisciplinaires. Son expertise à la fois, technique, produit et marketing viral, l'a conduit ces dernières années a se spécialiser dans le Growth Hacking et dans le Viral User Acquisition. Actif dans la communauté des startups à Montréal, il est co-organisateur du meetup Growth Hacking Montreal, membre actif du groupe Montréal CTOs, mais également, conseiller de startups.


Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer
co-founder and Partner at Real Ventures

JS is a husband and father of five wonderful children. He co-founded Montreal Start Up and Real Ventures, two seed funds based in Montreal. JS loves working with entrepreneurs and startups. He is an entrepreneur as well, having co-founded and operated a few startups along the way. He tries to live life by giving more than he takes and looks for people who share this principle. JS' life is a constant (good) struggle to find balance between spending time with his wife and kids, with the entrepreneurs he works with, his friends and taking care of himself, which usually means playing hockey, swimming, running or biking. As such, he tends to work with people he enjoys spending time with.


Gabriel Sundaram
Director of Platform at Real Ventures

Currently working with Real Ventures, Canada's most active seed stage VC fund. I focus on platform development, fund management, as well as product and startup metrics support for our portfolio companies. Prior to working with Real Ventures, I led product at Capitalogix, a Dallas based software startup developing trading, dashboard, and data analytics tools for hedge funds. I also co-founded Uplocal, a media firm focused on local online advertising for small businesses, and Archetype, an award winning web agency.


Bob Dorf
Startup coach/trainer, and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Columbia Business School

One of the world’s foremost lean startup and corporate lean innovation experts, Bob Dorf co-authored the Startup Owner’s Manual, a bestseller in a dozen languages that details the lean process guiding hundreds of thousands of startups and intrapreneurs plus at least 350 university classrooms worldwide. Teacher, lecturer on the powerful Customer Development methodology.

A top-rated global keynote speaker and workshop leader, Bob travels the world training corporate and startup innovators alike.


Étienne Brassard
Business lawyer at Lavery, de Billy, LLP

Étienne Brassard practises business law with the firm and is a member of the Private Financing Group. His main areas of practice are business finance, banking law and commercial law and, in particular, the negotiation and drafting of credit agreements and related security documents on various types of assets. He has also acted in several major cross-border syndicated and non-syndicated financings during his practice, or relating to specific assets such as aircraft financing. He also represents and advises clients in connection with asset and share purchases and sales, corporate reorganizations, and the negotiation and drafting of various commercial contracts.


Simon Lapointe
Manager, Audit at Richter



Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Montreal team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Facilitating Team

  • Sergio
    Escobar
  • Matt
    French


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