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All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation resulting in a minimum viable product (MVP). The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

International Startup Festival

The summer edition of Startup Weekend is hosted in collaboration with the International Startup Festival. Enjoy the summer weather and the festival air and get to know the Montreal startup community.

Reasons to register!

Startup Weekend is a learning experience, and it’s open to everyone. If you’re ready to throw yourself into new waters and learn something, then Startup Weekend is for you. We believe that the best way to learn is by doing, by creating, and by challenging assumptions along the way.

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Your ticket gives you access to the entire weekend, including:

  • All food and drink provided for the entire weekend, so you can focus on your project.
  • Access to a team of guest mentors and coaches for guidance and advice.
  • A lineup of workshops hosted by invited startp experts.
  • New friendships and connections in the startup community.
  • Swag and t-shirt!
  • Prizes!

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Schedule

Friday

Jul 12
  • Registration starts (EV Building)
  • Dinner & Networking (John Molson School of Business Building)
  • Welcome & Introductions (John Molson School of Business Building)
  • CEO Panel hosted by Founder Fuel
  • Keynote Speaker (Dave McClure)
  • Pitchfire starts
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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 and work as you want

Saturday

Jul 13
  • Arrive, Yoga Session (EV Building)
  • Breakfast & Learn: BMG - Canvas (with Davender Gupta)
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches arrive... ASK QUESTIONS
  • Workshop 1A: Customer Acquisition (with Beth Thouin)
  • Workshop 1B: Blackberry Developer Toolkits (with Will Hoang)
  • Lunch & Learn with Brant Cooper: Develop & Iterate Your MVP
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Workshop 2A: UX Design (with Cynthia Savard)
  • Workshop 2B: GDG Android Developer Toolkits (with Étienne Caron)
  • Dinner
  • Mid-weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work overnight

Sunday

Jul 14
  • Arrive, Yoga Session (EV Building)
  • Simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive... ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Pitch Clinic hosted by Extreme Startups
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap-up & After Party
  • Go home with new friendships and great memories!
Speakers

Dave McClure (Keynote)

Founding Partner, 500 Startups   |   LinkedIn

Dave is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft.

Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.

Ian Jeffrey (Panel Moderator)

General Manager FounderFuel & Venture Partner Real Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Ian is GM of FounderFuel and Venture Partner at Real Ventures. Originally from Montreal, he spent many years in Silicon Valley, and it was there in 2006 that he launched Radar (the first mobile photo sharing social network) when he was VP of Marketing and Communications at Tiny Pictures. Among many other awards, Radar was recognized as “Best Mobile Social Networking Service” by the Webby Awards. After the acquisition of Tiny Pictures by Shutterfly, Ian joined the team as Director of Marketing of its mobile and social team. There he launched Wink, a mobile service that lets users create photobooth-style prints directly from their iPhone using photos from Shutterly, Flickr and Facebook.

Ian started his career in 2002 at Nomad, Cossette Communications’ Street Intelligence Agency. There he pioneered word-of-mouth marketing and applied ethnography tactics, as well as next generation insight mining. Nomad clients included Nike, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.

Stéphane Marceau (Panelist)

Co-founder & CEO, OMsignal   |   LinkedIn

Stéphane has been building technology and communication businesses for more than 15 years. He was co-founder and CEO of Theralive, a small firm specialized in mobile health applications and services, and was co-founder and CEO of Mobivox, a global mobile VoIP platform.

In addition to being a repeat entrepreneur, he served as Bell Canada’s Vice President where he built and grew new lines of business including the company’s e-commerce group. He was also Chief Marketing Officer of Yellow Media, where he led the development and marketing of digital and mobile products for platforms such as RedFlagDeals.com, LesPAC, YellowAPI, AutoTRADER and Mediative.

Stéphane holds a master’s degree in Management of Technology from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Mike Silagadze (Panelist)

Founder & CEO, Top Hat Monocle   |   LinkedIn

Mike Silagadze is the founder of Top Hat Monocle, an education software company based in Toronto. Top Hat Monocle is changing the way classroom instruction is done on a mass scale. Prior to Top Hat Monocle Mike was an early employee at Miovision Technologies in Waterloo, Ontario where he helped build the R&D team.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in electrical engineering.

Katherine Hague (Panelist)

Co-Founder & CEO, ShopLocket   |   LinkedIn

Katherine Hague is the Co-Founder and CEO of ShopLocket. Prior to founding ShopLocket, Katherine worked as an independent digital media consultant and in a variety of marketing positions for Toronto startups. Katherine launched ShopLocket in May 2012 and the company now provides thousands of merchants a simpler solution for selling online.

Katherine was recently named one of Canada's 7 Tech Stars and is very active in the Canadian startup community.

Jeff Magnusson (Panelist)

Co-Founder & CEO, Playerize   |   LinkedIn

Jeff Magnusson is the CEO of Playerize, a Vancouver and San Francisco-based company that manages a worldwide growth and monetization platform for game developers and advertisers. He and his co-founder Lyal Avery have grown Playerize to reach more than 600 million impressions a month and just over 20 employees, completing their first acquisition in 2012 of Super Rewards, an industry leader.

Prior to Playerize, Jeff was the COO of social game studio dimeRocker, consulted with several non-profits on their social engagement strategies, and served as a mentor to a number of Canadian startups.

After founding his first company at age 20, an online payment processor, Jeff bootstrapped it through ten years of growth and into a successful exit in 2008.

Coaches

Brant Cooper

NYT Bestselling author & Principal at Moves the Needle   |   LinkedIn

Brant Cooper helps organizations big and small innovate. He is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur and is a sought after speaker, advisor and mentor.

He has over 16 years experience helping companies bring innovative products to market. His startup career includes Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, inCode, and many others. He has experienced IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure.

Brant previously authored The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development, the first purpose-written book to discuss Lean Startup and Customer Development concepts, earning a distribution of over 50k. He has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe.

Brant is the Co-Founder of Moves the Needle Group, which has advised the innovation practices of such leading companies as Qualcomm, Intuit, Capital One, Pitney Bowes and Hewlett-Packard.

Leslie Jump

Board Member, Startup Weekend   |   LinkedIn

Leslie Jump has twenty-five years experience building, advising and investing in new companies, products and brands, in the US and across the globe. She is a Partner in Sawari Ventures, LLC, a Cairo-based early stage venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs across the Middle East/North Africa. She coaches and mentors emerging technology entrepreneurs, providing them with business and operational expertise. She also advises graduates of Flat6Labs, Sawari Ventures’ dedicated startup accelerator for seed stage investments.

In addition to her work with Sawari Ventures, she is the co-founder of Cazeema Partners, a consulting firm which offers market, risk, and financial assessments to companies and organizations seeking to do business in the Middle East. She provides early/growth stage technology companies with strategic planning as well as marketing, business development and fundraising expertise.

Greg Isenberg

Founder & CEO, 5by   |   LinkedIn

Greg Isenberg is a digital marketer and angel investor that has strategized and implemented digital strategies for companies like WordPress, FedEx, TechCrunch and Microsoft. He also helped build Wall Street Survivor, the world’s most popular fantasy stock market game.

He is the CEO of 5by and a Venture Partner at Good People Ventures.

LP Maurice

Co-Founder & CEO, Busbud   |   LinkedIn

LP Maurice is the CEO & Co-founder of Busbud, a travel startup focused on intercity bus travel. Previously, LP worked in Silicon Valley at Yahoo, LinkedIn and Radar Networks (acquired) in product management, marketing and business development.

LP holds an MBA from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Corporate Law from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from HEC Montreal.

LP is co-founder of entrepreneurship club Entrepreneurs Anonymes, founder of Interaction Ventures, member of Anges Quebec and mentor at Founder Fuel. He also serves as VP of the HBS Club of Montreal and the Harvard Club of Quebec.

Cynthia Savard Saucier

UX Designer, TP1   |   LinkedIn

Cynthia Savard Saucier, B.D.I. is a graduate from the University of Montreal with a diploma in Industrial Design. She was awarded the Raedium award in 2010 for Chouette!, a project with the goal of developing a communication platform to reinforce intergenerational similarities in the use of different technologies.

Specializing in multi-platform interfaces user experience, she possesses a real expertise in the conception, ergonomics and resolutions behind a project. Her creativity and expertise was used to reinvent complex interfaces in several projects, including web, mobility, and non-standard interface design.

Cynthia is also invited to speak at a multitude of events, where her fun approach seduces and surprises the audience.

Christian Lavoie

President and Owner, Sand Reckoning Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Christian Lavoie has been a Big Data professional for over 10 years, starting with meteorological data analysis back in 2001, passing through Google, until today where he's helping Montreal's and Canada's entrepreneurs since 2010.

He provides consulting services to entrepreneurs, furnishing expert advice on infrastructure.

Beth Thouin

COO, Brendan & Brendan Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Beth is a customer obsessed marketer helping startups find their customers, understand them and build products they want to buy.

With a decade of experience ranging from big corporations to tech startups, Beth spent the first half of her career studying and practicing lean product development and voice of customer. Shifting to digital marketing, she spent the last 5 years as a digital strategist specializing in inbound and viral marketing as well as customer acquisition for tech startups.

Beth Thouin is COO and partner at Brendan & Brendan Consulting, a marketing boutique helping over a dozen startups with branding, public relations, web development, community nurturing and content.

Mathieu Perreault

Software Developer, Google   |   LinkedIn

Mathieu Perreault is a graduate of McGill University, where he obtained a Masters in Computer Science. With Google since 2010, he has been constantly travelling between Silicon Valley and Montreal, contributing to the company’s growth.

Mathieu has previously worked on Mobile Ads as well as Google Wallet, an innovative way to pay with a mobile phone. His academic research on social networks and text classification gives him a unique perspective on the future of our world.

He has recently been working in Montreal on Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser.

Suresh Bhat

Associate, Extreme Venture Partners   |   LinkedIn

Suresh joined Extreme Venture Partners in the summer of 2010. He is a member of Extreme Venture Partners investment team and works closely with existing portfolio companies and evaluates and executes new investment opportunities. Suresh was involved with the firms Extreme University accelerator, and helped launch Extreme Startups, the new revamped version of the program. He is also involved with the firms investments in Vouchr, Chango, Locationary, Fixmo, Shoplocket and Granify.

Prior to Extreme Venture Partners, Suresh worked in various roles in the gaming industry, releasing multiple hit titles that have sold millions of copies worldwide. Suresh made the transition to venture capital after completing his MBA at the University of McGill. He also has graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of computer science and mathematics, with great distinction and is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute sponsored by the NVCA.

Marcus Daniels

Managing Director, Extreme Startups   |   LinkedIn

As the Managing Director of Extreme Startups, Marcus is relentlessly
obsessed with finding globally ambitious entrepreneurs and producing a
world-class VC backed tech accelerator that graduates industry
disrupting ventures.

Founded MeshSquared Ventures to educate and invest in digital product
startups driven to accelerate to product-market fit.

Former COO at TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 Trendspotting website
with over 1 billion views & an innovation partner to Fortune 500
brands. Past VP Operations & Product Development at Frameworks, North
America's leading retail QSR business intelligence software &
eLearning company. Started up the eLearning division at AME Learning,
a global business education company specializing in financial acumen
training with patented interactive tools & technology. A digital
native that started out by hacking together a BBS in 1989 that led him
to co-found Fluid eNovations, an award winning web development agency.

A former board member of the Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance,
he sits on the board of directors of Youth In Motion (Canada's Top 20
Under 20) and is a Digital Strategy curriculum developer at University
of Toronto SCS.

Marcus holds an MBA from Queen's School of Business, a BA in
Psychology & Economics from McGill University and completed the
Venture Capital Executive Program from Haas School of Business, UC
Berkeley.

Matt Roberts

Associate Director, BDC IT Venture Fund   |   LinkedIn

Matt is an investment professional in the IT Venture Fund at BDC Venture Capital where he primarily focuses on early stage Seed and Series 'A” opportunities.

Matt joined BDC after he raised the Seed and Series “A” round for Semiconductor startup GaN Systems which he joined after graduating from Ivey. Prior to this he was an Analyst at Venture Capital firm Wesley Clover Int’l, best known as billionaire entrepreneur Terry Matthews investment group. While there Matt coordinated internal operations and facilitated the growth of new seed based start-up companies. He also co- founded and acted as CEO at his own startup, JohnnyVoIP, a company that developed a web based VoIP application platform. Previous to this he was the Business Development & Strategy lead at an Ottawa based startup investor (SeedCapital.ca) and at eighteen was the youngest Project Coordinator (Manager) at Newbridge Networks working in the LMDS wireless group (now part of Alcatel Canada).

In addition to his Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at UWO, Matt holds a Bachelors of Arts (Honours) in Economics and History from Carleton University.

Benoît Meunier

User Experience Consultant, Alogient   |   LinkedIn

As the UX Architect, Benoit Meunier is responsible for helping the project teams and clients shape and define the experience, look, feel, usability and accessibility of their web based solutions. Working closely with the client, the design and development teams, he leads User Experience projects and advises on usability best practices.



Working as web designer and architect for 15 years, Benoît Meunier has developed and implemented a number of web UX strategies for large organizations as well as very many SMEs. He led and worked within teams at digital business and directly with various clients.

Marc Gagné

Senior Developer Evangelist, Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Marc Gagné is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Canada with a passion for startups, the cloud & the web. Before embarking on this chapter of his career he worked at a startup in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario trying to solve the big data & analytics problem. This isn't his first time with Microsoft though, having worked in Dublin, Ireland & Redmond, Washington as a developer and manager on a number of projects.

Christian Beauclair

Sr. Developer Advisor, Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

As a principal architect evangelist at Microsoft Canada Christian Beauclair shares his passion for software development in all its different facets with the Canadian ITC community. He has coded in Modula-2, VB, VB.NET and now C#. His passion extends to games and various collectibles. Christian is responsible for nurturing the Canadian Local Software Community through the Microsoft BizSpark program.

Derek Jen

Senior product manager, #engagementlabs

Derek Jen has been involved with startups since 2006. He is currently the Senior Product Manager at #engagementlabs where his focus is social media analytics. Derek has focused most of his career towards helping companies grow via operational excellence.

His latest startup initiative is his eight-month-old daughter.

Ludovic Dumas

Ludovic transforms innovative companies into world-class organizations. He is an Associate at Claridge, an investment firm representing the interests of one of the most successful families in Canadian business. Before joining Claridge, Ludovic was an investment banker at CIBC and with ING Group’s investment banking team in Frankfurt, Germany. Ludovic acted as a trusted financial advisor to over 40 Canadian and international businesses. He was responsible for the execution of corporate acquisitions, divestitures and capital raises involving public and private companies. Ludovic is very active in Quebec’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Most notably, he led the turnaround of a provincial non-profit initiative and managed a team of 50 volunteers that created a North American first: the Angel Investors Challenge. Mr. Dumas was also a management consultant with Deloitte where he worked on corporate strategy, restructuring, market analysis, due diligence, and economic development mandates.

William Hoang

Application Developer Advocate, BlackBerry   |   LinkedIn

William graduated from McGill University with Bachelor of Electrical/Software Engineering while minoring in financial statistics. He journeyed from Research In Motion working on GPS development to being Windows Phone developer evangelist with Microsoft and is currently shaking the BlackBerry bush as a developer advocate focusing on social integrations and partner engineering.

William’s focus is on mobile user experience development, defining valued startup project opportunities and milestone execution points. End user feature oriented with strong emphasis on product design and building/advising engineering teams. He led the engineering team to a Canadian 1st place finish for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup engineering competition in Embedded Software Design category.

You may find William enjoying an espresso-moment while coding in various coffee shops around the city.

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