Montreal Startup “Crema App” Selected For The ‘Shopify Partner Accelerator’

Canadian startup “Crema App“, a Techstars Startup Next Montreal alumni in Canada, was selected for the first batch of the 3-month intensive Shopify Partner Accelerator program.

Founded by Elyes Ben M’Rad, Crema App is the new digital reward program and payment solution for coffee shops. They are providing Starbucks Coffee Technology to small independent Coffee Shops. The app gives the ability to prepay coffee plans redeemable at the best coffee shops in town. Crema is available in Montreal, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Berlin and Paris. By leveraging Crema transactional app and marketing solutions with Shopify Retail POS (point-of-sales) infrastructure, Crema App can offer a competitive all-in-one solution for the growing and vast network of independent coffee shops across North America.

Crema App launched a few months ago and managed to have an impressive attention from consumers. They were recently featured by CBC TV News in Canada:

The Shopify Partner Accelerator enables creative professionals from the ecommerce industry to come together, work on Shopify projects, and grow their technical and entrepreneurial skills faster than they would be able to anywhere else. Not only will successful applicants work in stunning WeWork co-working spaces, they’ll also receive exclusive mentorship, attend hands-on workshops, and meet with Shopify leadership, key members of our development team, and long-time Shopify Experts. This three-month intensive program has expanded to include four different locations across North America and Europe: New York City, USA; Montreal, Canada; London, England; and Austin, USA.

Crema App is a startup graduated from Techstars Startup Next Montreal cohort. Other startups from the Montreal program include Navut, Logrr, Gradeslam, Makerbloks, Nukern, Ask-Pam, Home Hunt and many more.



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“Ask PAM”, a Techstars Startup Next Alumni, Chosen To Pitch at Google Women Demo Day 2016

Ask PAM, a Techstars Startup Next Montreal alumni in the Hospitality Technology field, is set to pitch before investors and judges at Google’s Mountain View, Calif. headquarters on November 2 for Google Demo Day: Women edition 2016. “Google has received more than 800 applicants from over 65 countries, which is a true testament to the great companies women are building globally,” wrote Google.

Founded by former hospitality concierge expert Pamela Alfred, the Montreal-based startup “Ask PAM” is a web based CRM for hospitality concierges that allows hotels to improve their concierges’ productivity, while engaging with the guests preferred communication channels. Ask PAM is currently operating in 15 cities worldwide (Montreal, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Dubai, Berlin, Accra and many others) with over 100 Concierges servicing 100k clients yearly.

“It’s a nice feeling to see that people are giving us an opportunity and they’re recognizing what we’re doing,” said Pamela Alfred, the startup’s founder. “It’s been a long process and it hasn’t always been easy. We’ve learned from past experience, we’ve improved and it looks like now is our time. We’re ready to take this on.”

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Ask PAM is a startup graduated from Techstars Startup Next Montreal cohort. Other startups from the Montreal program include NavutLogrrGradeslamMakerbloksNukernCrema AppHome Hunt and many more.



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GradeSlam, a Techstars Startup Next Montreal Alumni, Raises $1.6M

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GradeSlam, a Techstars Startup Next Montreal alumni in the Education Technology field, has successfully raised a $1.6 Million Seed Round led by Birchmere Ventures

Founded by a former educator Philip Cutler, the Montreal-based EdTech startup GradeSlam is the online learning center that specializes in humanized adaptive learning for students K-12, and has facilitated over 350,000 tutoring sessions with students in over 80 countries. Their personalized educational support equips teachers and administrators with actionable insights on how students learn outside of the classroom.

The tutoring industry’s business model has always been to charge students by the hour for each session. But that model is flawed, according to Philip Cutler, CEO of GradeSlam: “Students shouldn’t pay for the hour,” he says. “They should pay to have access to these people whenever they need them.”

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Gradeslam is a startup graduated from Techstars Startup Next Montreal cohort. Other startups from the Montreal program include NavutLogrrMakerbloksNukernAsk-PamCrema AppRentHunt and many more.

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Announcing the Techstars Startup Next Montreal Class of 2016

We are thrilled to introduce the five tremendous companies that have finished the 3rd annual Startup Next program in Montreal! 

Startup Next is a “pre-accelerator” program that prepares companies for acceleration and/or seed investment by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging the global network of Techstars. A Demo Day was realized mid-June in New York to showcase Canadian companies in the NYC ecosystem.

Among the 20 cities running the program worldwide in four continents, Montreal is the #1 Startup Next city with the highest concentration of graduates at Techstars Accelerators! Over the last 9 months, four Montreal startups have joined Techstars Accelerator programs: TS Boston (NavutHeddoko), TS Barclays NYC (Logrr) and TS Target Minneapolis (Makerbloks). 

As usual, this year, Startup Next Montreal has received a vast number of applications from all around the world (Vancouver, Kiev, Bloomington, San Diego, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, etc). Without further ado, please join me in welcoming the 2016 Startup Next Montreal companies:

Nukern
Nukern sets web hosting businesses on autopilot. Through Nukern’s unified SaaS experience, web hosts can deploy cloud hosting resources concurrently from providers like; DigitalOcean, AWS and VULTR. And with Nukern’s white label self-service portal, web hosts can resell these resources to clients and automate account provisioning and recurring billing. Nukern is currently setting web hosting businesses on autopilot in more than 45 different countries.

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Ask-Pam
Ask PAM is a cloud-based CRM for the hospitality industry that centralizes in one platform the day-to-day Concierge operations, providing a better customer experience. It is the only platform that is tracking and analyzing Concierge performances allowing them to better connect, manage and collaborate while optimizing the cost of customer service.
Ask PAM is currently operating in 15 cities worldwide (Montreal, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Dubai, Berlin, Accra and many others) with over 100 Concierges servicing 100k clients yearly.

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CREMA
Crema is the new digital reward program and payment solution for coffee shops. We are providing Starbucks Coffee Technology to small independent Coffee Shops. The app gives the ability to prepay coffee plans redeemable at the best coffee shops in town.
Crema is available in Montreal, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Berlin and Paris.

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Rent Hunt
RentHunt is an AI-powered messaging service that helps people find rental apartments. By specifying their search criteria, RentHunt provides renters with a curated and personalized set of listings. The service is currently available by SMS and on Facebook Messenger.

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Wealth Tab
WealthTab is modernizing the wealth management industry. Our modular platform offers solutions for client onboarding, portfolio analytics and portfolio visualization to help financial professionals deliver the best client experience. WealthTab is currently assisting over 50 professionals who collectively manage more than $2 Billion.

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