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After last year’s sensational success, the Startup Weekend is coming back again this year for a third time. Created in USA in 2007, with more than 1068 events organized in more than 478 cities and 100 different coutnries, the most awaited entrepreneurship friendly event is back in town on February 7th, 8th and 9th of 2014 at HEC Montreal. A Perfect recipe Facebook, Twitter, Groupon… Behind every startup is an idea and an entrepreneur with good teammates and advisors. In fact, a lot of people would like to launch their own startup but a few know how to. Audacity, skills, developing a business plan and a network. All of this needs time and energy… While some take months and years, others do it in 54 hours. The Startup Weekend is a one time opportunity to enable the inner entrepreneur in you ! Project leaders, web professionals, entrepreneurs and innovation experts… Students, investors, marketing gurus, jurists or finance professionals, everyone has their place ! The steps to success : 54 hours of craziness Friday evening We start off with the Pitch Fire. A pitch in which every project leader presents their idea to everyone. After a vote to select the best projects, teams are formed. The game is launched. Saturday & Sunday : Every team must now work as much as they can until Sunday evening when they will have to present their work to the judges. They can use their mentors’ advices, the speakers’ experiences and the successful professionals’ skills to help them develop their startup. Sunday evening : All the lights are turned on the presentations. Judges must choose the winning teams, and prizes are distributed to the best startups. This is the time for the teams to get notoriety and the investors’ attention. They must convince them that their startup is the next… Google!



Feb 7
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Conferences
  • Pitch Fire: Present your Ideas
  • Meet and Vote for Projects
  • Announcement of Selected Ideas
  • Form Teams and Dinner
  • End of Day 1, Get some rest !


Feb 8
  • Coffee and Breakfast
  • Conferences
  • Time to Create !
  • Lunch
  • Teamwork Continues
  • Dinner
  • Go home or Stay in
  • Work, Get Some Sleep, Grab Coffe


Feb 9
  • Coffee and Breakfast
  • Back to Work !
  • Lunch
  • Last Working Session
  • Time to Practice your Speech
  • Early Dinner
  • Final Presentations !
  • Awards
  • Cocktail time !
  • Go home!

Dax Dasilva

Founder & CEO LightSpeed   |   LinkedIn

Dax Dasilva is the creative mind behind LightSpeed's suite of retail tools. Seeing the rise of iPhone and iPad and recognizing a void in the market for tools that cater to retailers using a Mac-based platform, he was ahead of the curve when he first launched LightSpeed seven years ago. Under Dax's leadership, LightSpeed has transformed from a bespoke Mac application to a provider of industry-leading retail tools – both on the Mac and in the cloud – for 15,000 retailers worldwide. His vision of blending the best of digital and physical retail continues to guide the company today.

LP Maurice

Président/co-Fondateur, Busbud   |   LinkedIn

LP Maurice est le Président/co-fondateur de Busbud , un site de voyage dédié au transport en autobus, et Directeur/fondateur de l'incubateur Interaction Ventures. Précédemment, LP a travaillé à Silicon Valley chez Yahoo, LinkedIn et Radar Networks (acquis) en gestion en produit, marketing et développement des affaires. LP détient un MBA de Harvard University, une maîtrise (LLM) en Droit des affaires de l'Université de Montréal et un BAA en Finance de HEC Montréal. LP est reponsable du club Entrepreneurs Anonymes et Vice-président du HBS Club of Montreal et du Harvard Club of Quebec

Carl Mercier

Co-founder and CEO of Codified   |   LinkedIn

Carl Mercier is a serial technology entrepreneur and developer from Montreal, Canada. His previous venture, Defensio, has attracted significant interest from worldwide blogger and developer communities and has exhibited superior filtering performance. Defensio was acquired by Websense Inc., a publicly-traded company in January 2009. Carl also founded Montreal on Rails, a developer community group that brings together local Ruby on Rails enthusiasts for monthly gatherings. Prior to founding Defensio, Carl started Adonis Technologies, a company that built advanced management software for the tourism & recreation industry. It was acquired in 2006. Carl is currently co-founder and CEO of Codified, Inc. where he is building a next-generation social marketplace platform.

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.

Davender Gupta

Fondateur de Startup Académie   |   LinkedIn

La passion de Coach Davender Gupta est de guider les entrepreneurs ambitieux à développer les connaissances, les compétences et la discipline pour transformer leurs idées de la Passion au Profit. Pour ce faire, il apporte aux entrepreneurs l'expérience de trois carrières: ingénieur militaire dans l'aérospatiale, gestionnaire de projet et entrepreneur startup. Pratiquant la profession de coach d'affaires depuis 2000, il accompagne depuis ce temps plus de 750 entrepreneurs à travers le Canada, les États-Unis et l'Europe.

David Nault

Entrepreneur & Venture Capital Investor, iNovia Capital   |   LinkedIn

David is a full time Entrepreneur in Residence with iNovia Capital with a focus on Quebec investment opportunities.

Entrepreneurship is part of David’s DNA and so is helping others in their quest to grow their businesses. His interest in venture building and deep experience in sales and marketing has attracted him to mentor a large number of promising entrepreneurs.

Patrick Bérard

Conseiller Formateur au SAJE   |   LinkedIn

Titulaire d’un Baccalauréat en administration des affaires option Entrepreneurship – Marketing des HEC, Patrick Bérard a lancé sa première entreprise en organisation d’événements dans les années 1990. Depuis, il a été consultant marketing pour divers organismes en développement économique notamment, en 1997, pour le Groupement des Chefs d’entreprise du Québec pour soutenir et accompagner des entrepreneurs manufacturiers dans leur développement d’entreprise.


Stéphane Gagné

Head of Google Québec   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Stéphane est Chef d’Industrie – Québec chez Google. Son mandat est de diriger l’équipe en charge d’entretenir les relations avec les grandes entreprises du Québec ainsi que leurs agences marketing en vue de les aider à toujours être à l’avant garde des possibilités que leur offre l’ensemble des produits publicitaires et des technologies en constante évolution de Google.

Avant de se joindre à Google, Stéphane Gagné était vice-président numérique à TC Media, où il a crée et dirigé l’unité des Solutions Numériques Locales. Dans son rôle, il était en charge de la vision stratégique et de la gestion de plus de 160 sites web ainsi que tous les services de marketing en ligne orientés aux petites et moyennes entreprises.

Au début des années 2000, il a travaillé au lancement de nombreux quotidiens gratuits Metro au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Europe, en Asie et en Amérique du Sud. À partir de 2002, il a également dirigé la franchise des journaux Metro à Montréal, en partenariat avec TC Transcontinental et Gesca, et ensuite à travers le Canada anglais avec Torstar.

Il est titulaire d'un MBA de la London Business School, ainsi que d'un baccalauréat en génie de l'Université d'Ottawa. Plus récemment, il a participé à un programme de leadership à la Harvard.

David Nault

Entrepreneur & Venture Capital Investor, iNovia Capital   |   LinkedIn

David is a full time Entrepreneur in Residence with iNovia Capital with a focus on Quebec investment opportunities.

Entrepreneurship is part of David’s DNA and so is helping others in their quest to grow their businesses. His interest in venture building and deep experience in sales and marketing has attracted him to mentor a large number of promising entrepreneurs.

Ian Jeffrey

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 as half of the two-man team behind Nomad, the now defunct Street Intelligence Agency of Cossette Communications. Specialized in word-of-mouth marketing and insight generation, Nomad clients included the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.

Antoine Azar

CEO Mobilogie   |   LinkedIn

I'm the CEO & founder of Mobilogie (formerly 2XM Interactive), a mobile strategy & development firm. We help our clients adopt the mobile disruption, and have worked with various industries, including publishing, retail, transport, entertainment, CPG, telecoms and many more. We've helped companies in these industries leverage mobile platforms such as iOS and Android to improve their internal processes, develop new products, and build new communication channels to their customers.

Alexander Lynn

Tactical Strategist at Sid Lee Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Alex specializes in helping companies build delightful digital products. Until recently, he was helping some of the world's biggest brands innovate at Sid Lee. Before then he helped startups scale at Techstars and also founded TEDxMontreal. Right now, he’s working alongside a range of digital startups while considering his next partners in disruption.


Alexandre Pelletier-Normand

Execution Labs   |   LinkedIn

As production champion, Alex’s role in Execution Labs is to assist the teams with their day to day challenges and help them achieve their objectives. A game industry veteran with 10 years experience in mobile game production, Alex joined Gameloft Montreal in 2003 as a programmer after graduating with dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Sherbrooke University. He advanced to the role of lead programmer and then studio technical director before moving into international studio development. From 2005 through 2007 he opened and managed studios in the US, Vietnam, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires. In 2009, Alex moved to Paris to work at Gameloft HQ where he led the deployment division, consisting of over 1000 people. His main areas of expertise are the deployment of video games on multiple mobile platforms, team management, and the optimization of business potential on mobile

Chris Arsenault

iNovia Capital   |   LinkedIn

Chris a serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist with iNovia Capital. He founded, co-founded and launched a few companies over the last 15 years, such as Info Media, an early Netscape partner - SIT (was sold to Ubizen, then acquired by Verizon), Wanted Technologies (now trading on TSXV), Copernic (acquired by Up2 (a division of Teleglobe, now Tata Communications) and i5 (a division of Fido, now Rogers). He now works with an amazing team up in Montreal, with offices in Calgary and New York. As Managing Partner and COO of iNovia Capital and Editor of the CVCA Capital Rants Blog he has had the opportunity of meeting, and in some cases working very closely with, some of the most respectable entrepreneurs.

Mathieu Perreault

Developpeur, Google   |   LinkedIn

Mathieu Perreault est diplômé de l'Université McGill où il a complété une maîtrise en informatique. Chez Google depuis 2010, il voyage entre Silicon Valley et Montréal pour participer à l'essor de la multinationale. Il a participé à la conception des publicités mobiles et du paiement par téléphone cellulaire avec Google Wallet. Sa recherche académique, dans les domaines des réseaux sociaux et de la classification de texte, lui donne une perspective unique sur le futur de notre monde technologique. Il travaille actuellement au développement du navigateur Chrome, le plus utilisé sur la planète.

Alexandre Brisebois

Windows Azure MVP   |   LinkedIn

Alexandre Brisebois is a Windows Azure MVP, a Windows Azure Insider and a member of the Windows Azure Community Experts who helps you to make informed decisions. Provides both technical and architectural guidance for your Windows Azure solutions. Being a strong believer in clean code and best practices, he employs agile practices in order to produce maintainable solutions. Exploring .NET since 2002, his passion for new technologies has driven him to work for companies like Runatserver, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Air France and CGI.

Marijke Hoste

Digital Marketer at Google   |   LinkedIn

As a digital marketer at Google, Marijke has worked with both SMBs and large customers at Google. In her current role as an account manager at Google Quebec she partners with some of the largest online advertisers in Quebec to ensure that they use online advertising to improve their business and marketing results. Her main areas of expertise include online marketing strategies, conversion techniques and improving online ROI.

Cynthia Savard Saucier

Designer, TPChef de projet expérience utilisateur, UX lead at TP1   |   LinkedIn

Designer industriel, conférencière et ergonome, Cynthia Savard Saucier obtient en 2010 le prix RAÉDIUM pour Chouette!, un projet de développement d’une plateforme de communication pour renforcer les relations intergénérationnelles.

Spécialisée en design d'interface multi-plateforme, elle travaille à titre de Chef de projet en design UX et possède un véritable talent pour le design, l’ergonomie et la visualisation d’information. Elle apporte sa créativité et son expertise sur plusieurs projets d’envergure notamment en web, en mobilité et en design d'interfaces non-standard. Depuis, Cynthia est invitée à parler dans une multitude d'événements où sont approche ludique séduit et surprend.

Stéphane Guertin

Président Tandem communication événementielle   |   LinkedIn

Depuis ses débuts dans le domaine en 1988, Stéphane Guertin n’a pas cessé de se passionner pour l’entreprenariat et l’événementielle.
De 1988 à 2002, il a mis sur pied deux entreprises et a été recruté par le Tour de l’île de Montréal, ainsi que par une agence de renom.

À Montréal en 2002, il crée Tandem communication événementielle, aussi présente sur les marchés d’Halifax, de Toronto et de Vancouver.De plus, en 2008, il fonde une entreprise vouée à la production d’événements : 42.2 Productions.
Stéphane travail fort pour que ses entreprises deviennent la référence et pour redonner à la société.

Jonathan Nicolas

Associé Substance Stratégies   |   LinkedIn

Jonathan Nicolas est l’un des fiers représentants d’une nouvelle génération dans l’industrie de la communication marketing. Après avoir accumulé une dizaine de distinctions lors de son baccalauréat à HEC Montréal, il a mis sa passion et sa détermination au service d’entreprises technologiques en démarrage. Il a mis sur pied un programme d’accélération pour startups, a cofondé Startup Weekend Québec, a assuré la direction marketing d’une jeune PME et a été coach d’entrepreneurs pour la Fondation Montréal Inc. Devant relever de grands défis avec de modestes moyens, le marketing numérique est rapidement devenu son champ d’expertise.

Rami Sayar

Technical Evangelist - Developer   |   LinkedIn

Rami Sayar is a computer engineering graduate from McGill University. He has been active in the fields of software engineering and design. While pursuing his studies, he has worked for hot startups in Silicon Valley and for Fortune 500 giants. Rami is a frequent speaker in the Montreal circuit. His latest accomplishment was speaking at TEDxHEC where he conducted a live experiment of large scale democratic collaboration with the crowd. Currently, Rami is working as a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft based in Montreal. At the end of the day, Rami is prevented from sleeping by his curiosity for experimentation, his insistence on shipping high quality code and helping startups survive the grind.

Nectarios Economakis

Executive at Google Montreal   |   LinkedIn

Nectar is currently an account executive in Google Montreal where he leads the development of travel clients.
Nectar holds a Masters of Science degree in Business Administration from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, where his thesis compared the effects of online advertising on consumer search behavior. Nectar uses his academic experience and years of industry experience to help promote Google’s products amongst its clients.
Currently, he is Co-Chair of the IAB Canada Search Committee.

Markus Weiland

Co-Founder & CTO, Turbo   |   LinkedIn

Markus is a software engineer, husband, father, and techopreneur. He is originally from Germany, where he earned a Master’s degree in Software Engineering. With a broad skill set and more than 10 years of experience in software development, he’s worked on products in a wide variety of industries - among them a mobile email app installed on millions of phones, safety critical Air Traffic Control software, and an animated 3D feature film for Hollywood. Passionate about building great software products, Markus is now based in Montreal, Quebec where he is knee-deep in his startup Turbo, a web service to help founders, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs turbostart their business.

Pierre Laferrière

Directeur du programme d'entrepreneurship , ÉTS

Après un MBA à HEC-Montréal, Pierre fait sa carrière dans l’entreprise privée, SECOR, Téléglobe, Telesystem, il a travaillé avec des dizaines d’entrepreneurs en technologie, aujourd’hui il est maître d’enseignement invité et directeur du programme d’entrepreneurship de l’ÉTS.

Thomas Martinuzzo

directeur, développement des affaires, Univalor

Thomas Martinuzzo a joint Univalor en 2007 en tant que chargé de projets. Il est aujourd’hui directeur, développement des affaires et démarrage d'entreprises. Avant de se joindre à Univalor, M. Martinuzzo a travaillé au sein du Bureau de la recherche et Centre de développement technologique (BRCDT) de Polytechnique Montréal. Pendant ses études, il a fait partie de la junior-entreprise ProG’HEI en tant qu’analyste et par la suite en tant que Président. Il détient un diplôme d’ingénieur de l’École des Hautes Études d’Ingénieur de Lille en France et un certificat en ingénierie de Polytechnique Montréal. Il a également reçu une formation en transfert de technologies, en commercialisation d’innovations et en propriété intellectuelle.

Nicolas du Parc

Directeur de projets, Développement des affaires, Sciences et Génie, Univalor

Ingénieur et stratège de formation, Nicolas est actuellement directeur de projets chez Univalor où il travaille notamment sur le volet entrepreneuriat. Il accompagne ainsi des entrepreneurs à travers le processus de création de start-up à caractère technologique, de l’idée aux premières rondes de financement. Au cours de sa maîtrise à HEC, Nicolas a étudié l’environnement des joueurs en capital de risque au Québec. Il a ensuite travaillé comme analyste en capital de risque avant de se joindre à Univalor, où il a développé une expertise concernant l’élaboration de plan d’affaires dans les secteurs technologiques.

Caroline Pelletier

Responsable du développement des affaires, Anges Québec

Caroline Pelletier possède 10 ans d’expérience dans le secteur des médias, des communications et du web. Elle a travaillé en tant que directrice de production web et contenus chez Groupe Pages Jaunes et comme directrice de comptes dans les agences Nurun et BBDO Proximity. En 2011, elle est devenue associée chez Remarquable Communications, une agence de création publicitaire, branding et web. L’entreprise a été vendue à la fin de 2013.
Depuis 2010, Caroline est fortement impliquée dans l’organisation Anges Québec, un réseau de 140 anges-investisseurs. Elle est impliquée en tant qu’investisseur et collaboratrice, aidant l’organisation à repérer et analyser les opportunités d’investissement, particulièrement dans le milieu du web et du mobile.

Francis Gosselin

Co-Founder at f.&co

Francis Gosselin est docteur (Ph.D.) en sciences économiques de l'Université de Strasbourg. Diplômé d'HEC Montréal en Affaires internationales, il a travaillé au sein de nombreuses administrations au Canada, en France et aux Etats-Unis, dans le domaine de la culture et du développement économique. Sa thèse porte sur la créativité bureaucratique au sein des organisations internationales. En France, il a occupé le poste de rédacteur en chef puis directeur de rédaction de La Gazette Cournot, un mensuel d'actualité économique, politique et sociale. Il agit depuis deux ans comme 'creative community manager' de la plateforme MosaiC HEC Montréal et organise l'École d'automne en Management de la Créativité de Strasbourg, qui en était cette année à sa troisième édition.

Johann Gest

Patent Agent at Fasken Martineau

Johann practices in intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents. As a patent agent, he helps protect his clients' innovations through patents and industrial designs.
With an educational background in mathematics, engineering physics and electrical engineering, his expertise covers a wide scientific range, extending to electronics, optics/opto-electronics, telecommunications, software, green technology and business methods, among other areas.

During his studies, Johann participated in the development of new all-fibre components, as well as optical fibre lasers and amplifiers. His doctoral thesis primarily focussed on the study of transients in Raman amplifiers. While completing his doctoral studies, Johann was also involved in designing a photonic blood glucose meter that did not require disposable strips, and which was the subject matter of a patent application.

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