Launch Cocktail of Montreal Challenge 7 – January 16 2013

  • This January 16th, join the Montreal startup & investment community as we look for the next rising startup stars to participate in the 7th cohort of Montreal Challenge (aka Défi Montréal 7).
    The cocktail was a great success: see the presentation of Défi Montréal 7 here.




    Thursday January 16 2014 starting at 5:00PM
    Limited space - please e-mail us ( if you are interested in attending this event.  Priority is given to entrepreneurs, investors and partner organizations.


    • Denis Sirois

      Denis Sirois 

      Denis Sirois is the Executive Director of CDÉC Centre-Nord (Villeray — Saint-Michel — Parc-Extension).

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    • Daniel Blanche

      Daniel Blanche PresidentCRIM (Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal)

      Daniel Blanche has 28 years of experience in the areas of business development, marketing and operations management in the information technology and communications sector. Before joining CRIM in 2010, Mr. Blanche was president and chief executive officer of Triton Electronik, a contractual provider of electronic design and manufacturing services. During his nine years at the helm, the company completed four acquisition and financing transactions. Mr. Blanche previously served as vice-president, global operations and supply chain, at Emerson Electric, where his responsibilities encompass...

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    • Jenviev Azzolin

      Jenviev Azzolin Founding Partnerpplconnect

      Jenviev Azzolin is the co-founder of pplconnect.  Pplconnect was one of the 12 companies selected to participate in the 5th cohort of Montreal Challenge (winter 2013).  Pplconnect successfully raised seed funding and won several competitions. Jenviev Azzolin's passion lies in enabling positive social change by leveraging innovation and new technology in a meaningful way. She is an advocate of all things digital and she believes now, more than ever, consumers have the power to shape the future of ...

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    • Louis-Felix Boulanger

      Louis-Felix Boulanger CEOBonLook

      Louis-Felix Bonlanger is the CEO of BonLook. Louis-Félix graduated with an electrical engineering degree at the age of 21. He has 10 years of experience in the software industry, leading development teams for complex projects at Boeing Aerospace, Coveo Solutions and other well known companies.

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    • Dominique Bélanger

      Dominique Bélanger Vice President, Venture Capital Strategic Investments and InitiativesBDC Venture Capital

      Dominique Bélanger is Vice President, Venture Capital Strategic Investments and Initiatives at BDC Venture Capital. Before joining BDC in 2010, Dominique was co-founder and President of Gamerizon Studio, Inc. Before that he was Chief Financial Officer of the venture-backed Quazal Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Ubisoft). He also advised various technology companies and private investors on investments, financing, startups and restarts. Dominique began his professional career a...

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    • Martin Duchaîne

      Martin Duchaîne President & FounderCapital Innovation

      Martin Duchaine is the President and founder of Capital Innovation, an international network of leading angel investors and venture capital managers, sourcing deals and accelerating investments in the most promising ventures. Mr. Duchaine is also a founder of Anges Quebec and was CEO of TechnoMontréal, which regroups over 2700 enterprises, institutions and public organisms in the cluster of information and communications technologies in the Greater Montreal area. Through its collaborations with key players in finance, entrepreneurship and innovation in eastern Canada, Mr. Duchaine develo...

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    • Jacques Bernier

      Jacques Bernier Managing PartnerTeralys Capital

      Jacques Berneirs is managing partner at Teralys Capital. He is a highly respected venture capitalist, entrepreneur and investor who’s helped shape the Canadian technological innovation scene. Through a 30 year career of contributions to the high-tech community, he has been actively involved in more than a dozen emerging high-tech companies as Founder/CEO or angel investor as well as Senior Vice-President of the Solidarity Fund QFL.  Jacques’ widely valued wisdom and experiences continue to define, develop and implement a new approach to venture capi...

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    • Robert Brouillette

      Robert Brouillette PartnerBrouilllette & Partners

      Robert Brouillette is a lawyer, a civil engineer and a patent and trademark agent who has an active member of the startup Community. He is a member of the board of directors of Anges Québec and Capital 16 (two angel investor groups) and has invested as an angel investor/mentor in a number of start-ups.

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    • Caroline Pelletier

      Caroline Pelletier MembreAnges Québec

      Caroline Pelletier has 10 years of experience in the media, communications and Web industries. She worked as director of web content and production at Yellow Pages Group and as account director in the Nurun and BBDO Proximity agencies. In 2011, she became a partner at Remarquable Communications, an advertising creation, branding and web agency. She has worked on several brand names, including BRP, Pepsi, Garda, Ricardo Cuisine, Ebates and Lowe’s. At Anges Québec, Caroline has been involved in a variety of projects in the ecommerce, web, information technologies, telehealth and life sciences...

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    • Amine Benmoussa

      Amine Benmoussa Investment Analyst, Health Venture FundBDC

      Amine Benmoussa joined BDC Venture Capital in 2011. He has over six years of experience in banking and venture capital. Prior to joining the BDC Health Venture Fund team, Amine has previously held progressive roles in Lending and Investment at BMO Financial Group and was part of the New Economy investment team at the Solidarity Fund QFL, first as a financial analyst-in-residence for the Life Sciences team and most recently as a Consultant for IT and Life Sciences. Amine holds a Bachelor's degree of Computer Science from Concordia University and an MBA from HEC Montreal and is currently comp...

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    • John Stokes

      John Stokes PartnerReal Ventures

      John is an investor at Real Ventures who has been able to resist the urge to get back to being an entrepreneur - and instead choses to live life vicariously through the entrepreneurs in whom he invests. He looks for the human insight behind an idea and for the person that can reveal and communicate that insight. He likes ideas that target the consumer and particularly ones that turn consumers into "community activists". He searches for ideas that can "prempt" the status quo - a compelling enough experience that "just makes sense" ...

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    • Anne-Marie Bourgeois

      Anne-Marie Bourgeois Vice-President, InvestmentsEnerTech Capital

      Anne-Marie has a strong operational background, with 17 years of experience with energy and clean energy companies. Anne-Marie serves as a member of the venture deal team. She is responsible for enhancing EnerTech Capital’s proprietary deal flow in Quebec, as well as building relationships with local investors and on a global basis. With her capacity to work fluently in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, Anne-Marie builds on EnerTech’s focus to develop companies into international leaders and deliver outstanding returns to investors. Prior to EnerTech, Anne-Marie has been invo...

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    • Luis  Felipe Cisneros Martinez

      Luis Felipe Cisneros Martinez DirectorInstitut d’entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale | HEC Montréal

      Luis Martinez is the Director of the Institut d’entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale | HEC Montréal. Luis Cisneros is a professor of Family Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at HEC Montreal. Luis is member of the International Business Families Centre McGill – HEC Montreal and he is also member of Rogers—J.-A.-Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship. He also teaches in the MBA program at the Monterrey Tech (Universidad Virtual ITESM, Mexico). In addition, he was the director of the Entrepreneurship program at the ITESM campus Querétaro and the Director of MBA pro...

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    • Michel d'Amours

      Michel d’Amours PartnerMiller Thomson

      Michel d’Amours practices business law and is a Partner in the Montréal office of Miller Thomson. He has been practicing business law for 35 years in the area of corporate and commercial law. Mr. d’Amours specializes predominantly in the purchase and sale of corporations and in the arrangement and negotiation of financing agreements, shareholders agreements, strategic partnerships, family trusts, licensing agreements and technology transfers, as w...

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    • Frédéric Letendre

      Frédéric Letendre PartnerBoivin Desbiens Senécal Chalifour

      Frederic Letendre practices in the fields of business law, intellectual property law and information technology and communications law, with a clientele composed mainly of small and medium-sized Canadian and European entrepreneurs. He has advised his clients in start-up, reorganisation and technology transfer transactions. He is currently the vice-president of the board of directors of “SAJE Accompagnateur d'entrepreneurs” and the firm’s representative with Interlegal, an international business law firm network. He is also a lecturer at the Université de Montréal’s faculty of law and the...

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