Startup Weekend Montreal - Sustainable City

    Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016


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Startup Weekend Montreal - Sustainable City

Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016



Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Le Salon 1861
550 rue Richmond
Montreal, Quebec H3J 1V3

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Inspiring Montreal entrepreneurs to start sustainability focused enterprises

Introducing the first Montreal Startup Weekend Sustainability to the Canadian startup ecosystem. Montreal Startup Weekend Sustainability will take place between January 29-31 at Le Salon 1861. In the spirit of sustainability, this will be a WASTE-FREE EVENT!

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About

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition designed to provide an amazing experiential learning opportunity for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend event is centered on ACTION, INNOVATION, and EDUCATION.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend will culminate on Sunday night with demo presentations to a panel of potential investors, local entrepreneurs, and sustainability experts.

Participants are challenged to build functional startups in interdisciplinary teams during the event and will be encouraged to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.


Who you'll meet at Startup Weekend

We’re drawing in a diverse crowd of attendees this weekend, with backgrounds in:
  • technical work (developers, coders, designers)
  • business, (marketing, finance, law) and
  • sustainability
After the conference is over, roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the weekend.

What you'll get out of the event
  • Education: learning by doing and hands-on experience.
  • Co-Founder Dating: create relationships that last long past the weekend.
  • Have Fun: meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.
  • Solve local problems with your ideas.
  • Build Your Network: meet high quality and driven entrepreneurs - like you! 
  • Learn new skills.
  • Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology. 
  • Mentorship: interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
  • Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources.
Why Sustainable City

About 50% of the world’s current population live in cities and urban areas; this number is expected to rise to 60% within a couple of decades. Following on the heels of the climate negotiations during December 2015’s COP 21 in Paris, Montreal has stated its goal: to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 1990 levels by 2020.

We are organizing this Startup Weekend as a part of OCPM's VertMTL public consultation/creative marathon with the citizens of Montreal to help reduce the city's dependency on fossil fuels. By participating, you'll be given the opportunity to pitch your idea to the City of Montreal on March 20th. If picked up, your ideas may gain traction and be integrated into Montreal's future municipal policies and planning!

What are you waiting for? Let’s do our part in making a difference!  For more information about OCPM’s creative marathon, visit http://ocpm.qc.ca/vertmtl/marathon


FAQs: https://startupweekend.org/attendees/faq

QUESTIONS? 


To reach out organizers: startupweekendmontreal@gmail.com

Follow usTweet: @SWMontreal #swmtlsc

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Dans l'esprit du développement durable, cet événement sera ZÉRO DÉCHET!

Aillez la chance également de présenter votre idée devant les commissaires de Montréal en Mars en participant à notre évènement!
Nous sommes ravis d'annoncer la 10e édition du Startup Weekend Montréal - Ville durable du 29 au 31 Janvier au Salon 1861!

À Propos

Startup Weekend est une compétition durant 54 heures qui vise à fournir une occasion d'apprentissage expérientiel autant pour les entrepreneurs techniques qu’aux entrepreneurs non-techniques. L'événement est axé sur l'action, l'innovation et l'éducation.

Commençant par des pitchs Vendredi en soirée, et continuant avec du testing, du développement de modèle d'affaires, et de la création d'un prototype de base, Startup Weekend se terminera Dimanche soir avec des présentations de démonstration à un panel d'investisseurs potentiels, des entrepreneurs locaux, et des experts en matière de durabilité.

Lors de l'événement, les participants seront mis au défi de construire des startups fonctionnels dans des équipes interdisciplinaires et seront encouragés à collaborer avec des personnes partageant les mêmes idées en dehors de leurs réseaux quotidiennes.


Qui est-ce que vous rencontrerez au Startup Weekend?

Pour ce week-end, nous pigeont dans une foule diversifiée de participants, avec une formation en:
  • travail technique (développeurs, programmeurs, designers)
  • affaires, (marketing, finance, droit) et
  • systèmes et conceptes de l’environnement durable
Après la conférence est terminée, environ 80% des participants prévoient de continuer à travailler sur leur démarrage après le week-end.

Qu'est-ce que vous gagnerez de l'événement ?
  • De l’éducation: un apprentissage riche par la pratique et l'expérience pratique.
  • Des rencontres de Co-Fondateurs: créer des relations qui durent même après le week-end.
  • Du plaisir: l’évènement est amusant et divertissant, donc profitez-en!
  • Résolution de problèmes locaux par vos idées.
  • Construction de votre réseau: rencontrez des entrepreneurs pleins de vie et d’inspirations - des gens comme vous!
  • Apprentissage de nouvelles compétences.
  • Le Savoir-Faire pour créer une entreprise (et le faire réellement!):  La quintessence de la Méthodologie du Lean Startup.
  • Le mentorat: interagissez avec des personnes influentes dans votre communauté.
  • Obtention d’accès à de précieuses ressources de démarrage.
Pourquoi une ville durable?

Environ 50% de la population actuelle sur notre planète vivent dans des villes et des zones urbaines; ce nombre dépassera le 60% dans quelques décennies. Dans la foulée des négociations sur le climat lors de la Conférence COP21 en Décembre 2015 à Paris, Montréal a annoncé son objectif: de réduire les émissions de gaz à éffets de serres (GES) de 30% sous les niveaux de 1990 d'ici 2020 à Montréal.

Nous organisons cette Startup Weekend entant qu’un membre communautaire du Marathon Créatif  VertMTL de l’OCPM, et avec le support des citoyens de Montréal nous aiderons à réduire la dépendance sur les énergies fossiles dans notre ville. En participant, vous aurez l'opportunité de présenter votre idée à la Ville de Montréal au Gala du 20 Mars. Si sélectionnés, vos idées peuvent gagner du grand terrain et être intégrés dans les futures plans municipaux de Montréal!

Qu'attendez-vous? Faisons notre part vers le changement durable!

Pour plus d'informations sur le Marathon Créatif de l'OCPM, visitez http://ocpm.qc.ca/vertmtl/marathon

QUESTIONS? 

Pour communiquer avec les organisateurs: startupweekendmontreal@gmail.com

Suivez-nous & Tweetez: @SWMontreal #swmtlsc


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday January 29th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay to work as late as you want, or even stay overnight! Bring your sleeping bags!

Saturday January 30th


8:00 am
Morning Yoga
Restorative Yoga for entrepreneurs. Guided by Christian Masson, yoga teacher of the Dr. Bali Method.


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


1:00 pm
Lunch
Served by C Végé


2:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner
Served by Gourmet Chez Toi


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you want, or even stay overnight! Bring your sleeping bags!

Sunday January 31st


8:00 am
Morning Yoga
Restorative Yoga for entrepreneurs. Guided by Christian Masson, yoga teacher of the Dr. Bali Method.


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


11:00 am
Mentors Meetings
Final opportunity to ASK QUESTIONS!


12:00 pm
Lunch
Served by Gourmet Chez Toi


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner
Light Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
After-Party
Stay longer and have a drink! Co-Hosted with SOCENT



Speakers


François Miller
Chef de la durabilité / Sustainability Manager chez Université McGill

À titre de chef de la durabilité pour l'Université McGill depuis avril 2015, François est responsable du Bureau de développement durable. 

Auparavant, entre 2003 et 2015, il a étroitement contribué à la planification, à la mise en œuvre et au suivi de plans de développement durable pour la Ville de Montréal. Ces plans impliquaient des centaines de partenaires. Il a notamment coordonné les travaux d'un groupe de 5 professionnels entre 2010 et 2015, à titre de chef d'équipe. 

Entre 2000 et 2002, il a également travaillé sur les enjeux du développement durable en milieux urbains à Montréal, en France et au Brésil, notamment au sein de groupes de recherche.

Event Judges


Alexandre Dion, MBA
Economic Development Commissioner for the City of Montreal

Alexandre Dion has 15 years of experience in economic development in 5 different organizations with responsibilities ranging from international market development, investment attraction, financing and startup ecosystem development. Overall, his work encompasses more than 20 industrial plant expansion projects, a dozen trade mission, 50+  financed projects and 100's of business plans.  Before becoming the Economic Development Commissioner for the city of Montreal, Alexandre was in charge of setting up le Fonds local d'investissement for the Burrough of Lasalle; a fund with a very humble initial capitalisation of 500 000$ supporting growth for startup projects.  Currently, as part of the City of Montreal's strategy to support the startup ecosystem, Alexandre is active in the Notman House project and the International Startup Festival. 




Natalie Voland
President at Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis inc.

Natalie Voland has been working outside of the traditional real estate box for the last 20 years. With her social work background, she has created a unique vision to use real estate projects as a tool of economic development and urban regeneration. Valuing history, she builds with the future in mind, constantly adapting to the market fluctuations, her clients needs, and the pursuit of economic growth.

As a Quebec leader in social innovation through “Benefit Corporation Certification” based on triple bottom line practices, Natalie works collaboratively with strategic partners to redevelop areas, notably the South West of Montreal. She holds a portfolio of approx. 1.5 million sq. ft with over 500 small and medium businesses including start up incubators under the brand of Communoloft.

Natalie is a board member for Femmessor Montreal and the Quartier d'Innovation (initiated by McGill University and ETS), as well as being a member of the Table d'Action en Entrepreneuriat de Montreal. 


Béatrice Couture
Investor Innocité Accelerator

Director of Innocite MTL, Montreal’s accelerator bringing together the top entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs passionate about developing a smart city. With a complete ecosystem of mentors, partners, financial partners and customers, we are committed to supporting companies from home and abroad as they develop their projects.



Sergio Escobar
Startup Ventures | Entrepreneurship Ecosystems | Impact Investment

Sergio is the Managing Director for the Silicon Valley early stage accelerator Founder Institute in Montreal, plus acts as Program Director for the pre-accelerator Startup NEXT designed by Steve Blank in partnership with Google, TechStars and the Global Accelerator Network. Sergio has launched tech startups in eCommerce and Mobile Payments, plus small & medium companies (meat packing plant, ostrich farming, leather manufacturing) with equity investments coming from angel investors and family offices. Sergio is mentor and judge in Canada, Latin America, Silicon Valley, Singapore and London for different programs such as Lean Startup Machine, Hacking Health, Momentum Accelerator, FounderLab, Startup Bootcamp, and Startup Peru. Finally, he is Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend in Latin America and Canada.


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.


Coaches and Mentors


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.


Jean-Francois Barsoum
Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, Water and Transportation at IBM

For the past decade, Jean-François has participated in numerous conferences on water and environmental management, led IBM's ties with some related research organisations and NGOs. He helped develop some core smarter cities concepts and has deepened IBM's involvement with several North American cities as a result.

He is among the few Canadians trained by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore. He is on the board of the Climate Reality Project and of the Canadian Water Network, and is a member of the David Suzuki Foundation's steering committee. He is also a member of the Intelligent Transportation Experts' Committee, a forum initiated by the Quebec Association of Transportation (AQTr).


Ondine Hogeboom
Business Advisor and Mentor - Social Purpose Organizations

Highly creative and innovative business developer and strategist, having successfully spent two decades as an entrepreneur building successful business by leveraging her skills to identify opportunities, take risks, turn ideas into revenue generating socially focused businesses and then has successfully managed the process from creation to established entity. Ondine leads and mentors teams as well as other entrepreneurs, builds strategic relationships and manages multi stakeholders and cross cultural collaborations. 


Amanda Levin
Director of Finance and Administration at Breather

Amanda’s academic background in economics and urban systems has provided a valuable foundation for operational and financial strategy in the startup sphere. Amanda has lead projects ranging from virtual city simulations to autonomous drone development. Amanda is passionate about the Montreal startup community and served as the Director of Finance for Montreal NewTech in 2014. Amanda joined Breather as Director of Finance in early 2015 where she is now Director of Special Projects. Breather is a Montreal startup that provides private space on demand is dedicated to changing how we view real estate and how we think about accessible cities.


Matthew Chapman
Developing Leaders for a Sustainable Economy

An entrepreneur since the tender age of 8, Matthew's ventures have taken him through food service, retail, automotive, sports, organizational development, and education sectors, all the while incorporating a social and sustainable fibre in his work. A versatile, multi-lingual professional with 12 years' experience on four continents, creativity and innovation are at the core of how he works thanks to a thorough immersion in visual and performing arts. Driven to be the change he wants to see, he is cycling through his first winter and enjoying (almost) every minute!


Sass Peress
Co-Founder, CEO & Director- renewz sustainable solutions inc.

High-energy, innovation architect with decades of achievements in global renewable energy product development and marketing.  Sass has been passionate about renewable energy and clean mobility since creating his first startup in 1988 in solar power. Having founded Quebec’s first ever photovoltaic panel factory in 2001, he then took it public in 2007, and began to integrate electric vehicle technologies into his product mix as early as 2009. In 2010, he co-founded a company responsible for the design and deployment of solar carports for General Motors, a co-investor, in order to help launch the Chevy Volt. In early 2011, he co-founded Facebook’s first green social game (Greenspace). Later that same year, he started renewz sustainable solutions, a Montreal-based technology developer determined to help drive the world to zero carbon transportation solutions.  A serial entrepreneur currently enjoying true sustainable living with a zero-emissions car and a fully hydro-electric and wind powered home.


Véronique Mariotti
Ingénieure junior au Service de l'environnement à la Ville de Montréal

She started her career in academic research in the field of climate sciences. Convinced by the urgency to take concrete actions against climate change, she decided to direct her career on more concrete aspects of the climate change issues. That is how she started as a consultant on climate change at the city of Montreal and is now an engineer within the environmental department of Ville de Montreal. She is dedicated in finding innovative ways to fight efficiently against climate change.


Jamie Benizri
President Managing Partner/ Associé Directeur Général of Legal Logik

After several years as a practicing attorney, Jamie Benizri’s vision was clear. He wanted to launch a different type of law firm and pioneer a novel approach that would make legal services more accessible, convenient and affordable. Legal Logik was born in 2011 and the firm’s blend of innovative pricing, friendly service and legal professionalism quickly attracted a growing clientele.An attorney by trade and an entrepreneur at heart, Jamie Benizri continues to challenge industry standards and develop innovative service models that make it easier for individuals, and businesses to meet their legal needs. As a corporate and civil litigator, Jamie has created a number of cases of precedent, including at the Quebec Court of Appeal, the province’s highest court, earning him a reputation as a creative legal thinker and leading professional. Both in the court-room and outside, his extensive experience with entrepreneurs, start-ups and corporate clients – has made him an expert in helping businesses large and small meet their objectives and protect their interests.


Aram Kuyumjian
Associate Lawyer/Avocat Adjoint at Legal Logik

Inspired by lawyers in the family, Aram Kuyumjian has chosen his career path at an early age. After studies in political science at Concordia University, Aram earned his law degree at Université Laval and, to add to his experience, completed legal work in Paris and graduate-level work in International Law at the University of Groningen, Holland.


Chantal Laberge
CPA-CA, ICD.D Strategic advisor and corporate director

With over 25 years of experience in investment, financing and consulting for companies in various sectors—new economy, manufacturers, retail and distribution, Chantal has led multiple investment projects from start-up phase, development, expansion and right through the exit. Chantal  is now a s rategic advisor, a corporate director, an active member of Anges Québec, and a coach for the District 3 Start-up program. She maintains numerous multidisciplinary trust relations and is recognized for her sound business judgment, her strategic thinking, her analytical skills, her open-mindedness, her commitment to creating value and her capacity in reconciling divergent views.


Tiberius Brastaviceanu
Co founder at ACES-CAKE and SENSORICA

He wants to obtain his wealth by sharing/giving. Co-founder of www.SENSORICA.co a pilot project in p2p economy.  In line with CAKE's mission and services, he mentors about open innovation strategy, peer production, and p2p economics. If you don't know much about open innovation, peer production, and p2p economics, come have an enriching chat with Tiberius!


Tidjane Tall
Founder, CEO & Creative Director @Huactive

At Huactive (digital creative agency), he sustain a cross-functional team by leading creative direction, storytelling, and design. They thrive on building compelling human experiences and interactive stories powered by technology for a tangible impact on people's lives and brands relevancies. He mentors in UX as an Experience Designer.


Thibaud Maréchal
Program Manager @ Founder Fuel & Ex-Leader Manager @ McGill X-1 Accelerator

1st Place Winner of Startup Weekend Montreal in 2014. Currently Program Manager @FounderFuelBorn and raised in Nice (France), he came to Canada to study Information Systems at McGill University. After 3.5 years and 2 startups, he finally graduated. He went to the MIT GFSA where he developed Uniiv. Then he worked for a VC (remotely) when he was in Buenos Aires on exchange. Back in Montreal he launched Igloo. He jumped from that to create & lead the McGill X-1 Accelerator.


Cameron Stiff
Director of Finance and Development at Compost Montreal

Sustainability is the challenge of our time: reorienting society towards sustainable patterns of production, distribution, and consumption, so that we do not destroy our life base. My activities and experiences have given me a wide range of perspectives on this sustainability challenge: I have worked in the education, policy, business, community and non-profit sectors from the local to the international level. My current focus is sustainable waste management through education, infrastructure and policy development. 


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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Montreal is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Diana
    Cheptene
  • Diana
    Baranga
  • Alan
    Chen
  • Monika
    Potocki
  • Bonnie
    Chau

Facilitators


Sergio Escobar
Montreal Managing Director @ Founder Institute

Sergio directs the Founder Institute's Montreal operations. As such, Sergio contributes to mentor startups in Sharing Economy, Artificial Intelligence, NeuroTech, SportsTech, EdTech, Real Estate Tech, Manufacturing Tech, B2B Enterprise, eCommerce, FinTech. Sergio is a tech entrepreneur himself. He is also involved in Startup Chile, Startup Peru, Startup Bootcamp FinTech London, Msb Tunisia, Kuwait National Fund, Techstars Boston, Techstars Chicago, Flat6Labs in Middle East, and World Bank "Tech Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean"


Noor Bawab

Noor is a renaissance person, her interests are so diverse that you simply can’t put her in a box--whether it’s mathematics, business, anthropology, or languages. At the age of 12, she attempted her first try at entrepreneurship and has been passionate about entrepreneurship ever since. She believes in the power of technology and entrepreneurship in changing the world and in making an impact on the lives of millions of people, which is why she joined the founding team of District 3 in 2013. She has since helped in connecting District 3 to the Montreal ecosystem and helped it grow from an empty room to a vibrant ecosystem. She is currently the general manager at District 3.


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