Lavery is pleased to announce its involvement in the Startup Next Montreal program that is allowing selected Quebec entrepreneurs to participate in one of the most renowned pre-acceleration startup program in the world and to also benefit from a special session on the legal issues that startups face, offered by the lawyers of Lavery’s GO inc. Program.
The Startup Next Montreal pre-acceleration program runs from February 23 to May 2, 2015 and is aimed at priming four startups for success in their search for financial backing either from seed or accelerator funds. The four selected companies are Makerbloks, led by François Poirier, Logrr, led by Julien Denaes, Elysia, led by Vanessa Cherenfant, and Heddoko, headed by its founder Mazen Elbawab.
Startup Next is a global program implemented in 40 cities around the world and backed by Google for Entrepreneurs and the Global Accelerator Network. Lavery is hosting six consecutive and mandatory weekly sessions of three hours each, plus one special session dedicated to the legal issues associated to business startups. During these sessions, entrepreneurs meet with company founders as well as with experts who share their own experiences in growth-company management, get to make their elevator pitch before a panel of mentors who provide feedback and are paired with mentors who help them delve more deeply into strategic issues. The entrepreneurs had the opportunity to be mentored by top professionals like Bob Dorf, Startup Trainer and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, LP Maurice, CEO of Busbud and Partner at Interaction Ventures, Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner of iNovia Capital, and Sean Brownlee, General Partner at Rho Canada Ventures.
The best Montreal entrepreneurial teams will be invited to present their start-up companies to investors or accelerator funds like XPND Capital, Interaction Ventures, Global Silicon Valley fund Expansive VC, to angel investors like Anges Québec, and to decision makers, as well as to the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM) and the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ) business community during Startup Next Montreal’s presentation night at the 48h Entrepreneurs event.
“With its GO inc. Program, Lavery targets dynamic and innovative startups that stand out from the crowd. Our partnership agreement with Startup Next Montreal helps us reach out to several of the most promising technology startups in Quebec,” said Don McCarty, the firm’s Managing Partner.
“We are very pleased that the Lavery GO inc. Program is partnering with Startup Next Montreal, because it is essential that entrepreneurs understand the main legal issues they will need to manage in order to successfully grow their company. We added a training session to the program specifically to address this topic and provide entrepreneurs with the best tools possible for the challenges that lie before them,” added Sergio A. Escobar, Startup Next Montreal Program Facilitator.
“Lavery is delighted to welcome the entrepreneurs selected by Startup Next Montreal. The members of the Lavery GO inc. Program plan will analyze with them the major legal issues related to their startups,” stated Étienne Brassard, lawyer in charge of the Lavery GO inc. Program.
The Lavery GO inc. Program provides personalized support to selected businesses over a wide range of legal services needed during the start-up process, including incorporation, trademark and domain registration, service agreements and various internal company policies.
Historically, Startup Weekends have been casually referred to as, or quickly lumped in with, ‘hackathon’-style events.
While hackathons are extremely valuable and operate as a great addition to the startup ecosystem, it is important to recognize a few key differences between hackathons and Startup Weekend events so that everyone can better understand both the goals, benefits, structure, and sought after outcomes of participating in each type of event.
A hackathon (‘hack’+marathon), according to Wikipedia in this case, is defined as;
An event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers collaborate intensively on software-related project. […] Hackathons typically last between a day and a week in length. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software, or to improve existing software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, the subject matter, and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.
Regardless of which definition is cited, hackathons are always characteristically focused on developers and technology.
The idea of making something work in a short amount of time certainly parallels the Startup Weekend tone of “No Talk, All Action” – but Startup Weekend utilizes this mantra as a means to achieving a hands-on educational experience as the ultimate goal – in contrast to the hackathon approach of creating a finished, functioning product above all else.
Startup Weekend events focus on educating entrepreneurs by providing a platform for them as they go through the experience of creating a company.
Crucial focuses are team formation and experiential education. Trial by fire, fail fast, minimum viable product, customer validation, and lean methodology are all ideas and terms that one develops a thorough understanding of during the weekend. Simply put, Startup Weekend events are about building and empowering entrepreneurs rather than emphasizing the creation of code, apps, or other deliverables. Certainly, teams are strongly encouraged to end the weekend with as much completed as possible, but the true success of a Startup Weekend event relies on the value and depth of the learning experience for each participant. Even teams who are unable to come away with a prototype by the end of the weekend tend to leave with a network of entrepreneurs and mentors as well as an invaluable experience that simply cannot be duplicated in a classroom. Through each event, Startup Weekend aims to positively impact and build the entrepreneurial community with the notion that individuals and teams are the most valuable assets to startup ecosystems, not the technology or code that is a result of the weekend.
Startup Weekend and hackathons generally differ in regards to the following pillars:
Ideas: Generally, a hackathon is focused on a particular element or technology. Participants will set out to solve a problem, build on a certain platform, or make existing tools more efficient with better code. When Startup Weekend participants pitch an idea to the entire group at an event, one can expect to hear an extremely wide variety of potential projects introduced. Individuals from a number of different backgrounds are highly encouraged to introduce their idea, even if it is unprecedented in the ‘tech’ startup world. Startup Weekend aims to encompass all types of skills and prove that entrepreneurship is a viable option for anyone; therefore, participants from non-tech backgrounds are highly encouraged to share their unique perspectives and talents with the community. In this sense, Startup Weekend events operate with the benefit of a more open and fluctuating pool of skills – and as more people from differing backgrounds come together at Startup Weekend events, the entrepreneurial revolution continues to expand in terms of its reach and impact.
Competition: It is a common misconception that the ‘competition’ aspect of Startup Weekends are central to the organization and goals of the event altogether. Incorporating a competitive aspect to the event helps to motivate participants and creates a high-energy atmosphere that tends to propel the rapid flow of ideas and expedite organic team-building. Ultimately, educating entrepreneurs always takes precedence over the concept of a ‘winning’ idea or team. Notably, many hackathon teams cease work on a project once the competition is over, suggesting that the time frame of the event is intended to produce a finished product and conclude creation and development upon the completion of the competition itself. Hackathons are primarily efficiency-based; as mentioned previously, they are ‘the’ event for individuals hoping to create a finished product in a set amount of time above all else. Startup Weekends aim to make educational aspects and a chance to take something past the weekend the first priority.
*A note on prizes: Prizes at Startup Weekend are intended to prolong one’s entrepreneurial journey with introductions to mentors and/or venture capitalists who can provide valuable insight into maintaining and improving one’s business or product, or even rare opportunities to virally market one’s startup. At hackathons, money often becomes a key motivator for continuing work. Often, money can offer immediate gratification but fails to ensure long-term sustainability.
Education: Startup Weekend events have built-in educational elements that include pre-event bootcamps, world-class mentors, advisors, judge feedback, facilitator input, sponsor access and resources, Organizer support, themed toolkits and downloads, and post-weekend advocacy from the entire Startup Weekend community. By offering these resources to the Startup Weekend community, entrepreneurs are also encouraged to continue their learning experience beyond the weekend itself.
Community & Culture: At Startup Weekend, community diversity and varying skill sets are celebrated. The importance of all skills is emphasized at events with the understanding that dynamic groups with a number of backgrounds tend to produce the most cohesive, creative teams. Each attendee, regardless of their type of contribution (developing, designing, business and marketing), is recognized as a highly valuable asset to the community, and it is crucial that not one area is valued above another. In addition, Startup Weekend makes the continuation of the community as a whole a top priority. Once one attends an event, one is automatically a part of the Startup Weekend family – one of the most rapidly-growing, supportive global communities.
Events: Contrary to popular belief, Startup Weekend’s mission is not focused primarily on events. Weekend events prove to be the most effective way of instigating a fast-paced, low-pressure educational environment for participants. Events are our central vehicle for education, but the Startup Weekend impact exceeds its reach far beyond the course of one weekend. Whether it is through network and community, resources and programs, or simply the inspiration and empowerment that is a common byproduct of events, Startup Weekend differentiates itself from hackathon events through its continued presence in the lives of entrepreneurs worldwide – leaving lasting impressions and providing educational tools that benefit everyone.
Goals: What these differences point to above all are distinctions in mission and goals. As discussed previously, hackathons serve a different purpose and are stylized according to that purpose. Due to their discrepancies in vision and structure, hackathons and Startup Weekend events result in unique experiences for attendees; each offering a valuable, but different, result.
This post is borrowed from Claire Topalian’s excellent post found here.
Blog Submitted by: Ross Collicutt
What makes a good Startup Weekend idea?
Startup weekend is all about the ideas. And it isn’t about the ideas.
A bad team won’t get far with even the best idea. Great times can take a mediocre idea and make it into something great.
Ideas at Startup Weekend have to be original, they can’t have already launched or have had substantial work on them already so you’ll be working on something very new.
Whatever it is, you’ll only be working on a minimum viable product version of it. There just isn’t time to make a suite of features so you’ll likely only focus on one thing. Getting a working demo of that features will be your goal. See this for what a minimum viable product is https://hbr.org/2013/09/building-a-minimum-viable-prod/. It will be an important idea over the course of the weekend!
Here are a few ideas from some other startup weekends around the globe.
Coordy App: iPad app customized to your body that you can drag and drop clothes on to see how they will fit.
Colish: find people with the same perspectives, professions and other things so they would get along and be able to share a house together better.
FutsalMatch: an app to help Futsal players find other places that want to play, organize a game and find a venue.
Patungan: Easy cost sharing between friends when you buy presents and want to share costs.
Koffee: meeting like-minded people around you for coffee.
InfitiniteLooks: Shows you what to wear today based on your mood and wardrobe.
CoHabit: Keep track of to do list items with your roomies.
Hopefully that gets your creative juices flowing and helps you come up with many great ideas.
See you April 17 for Startup Weekend Nanaimo!
Startup Weekend Maker Québec, 1er mai 2015
Billet en vente ici -> bit.ly/swmakertickets
Vous vous demandez surement à quoi vous aurez accès pendant le weekend afin de développer de super prototypes en seulement 54 heures. Alors voici une liste qui devrait vous aider à réfléchir au prochain gadget qui révolutionnera notre quotidien.
Les imprimantes 3D et le plastique vous sont offert par L’Usine 3D.
- Arduino (mega)
- Controlleur de moteur (Stepper Moter with Driver Board)
- Module Bluetooth
- Module WIFI
- Fils (Male-male et femelle-femelle)
- Beacon RFID
- Lecteur RFID
- Proto board
- Supports à batteries
- Écrans LCD
- Capteurs de ligne
- Moteur DC
- Servo Moteur
- Sonar de distance
- Rotary encoder
- Ethernet Shield
- Remote Kit
- Sensor de couleur
- Plastique à imprimante 3D
- Résine pour imprimante 3D (à confirmer au besoin)
- Bois (sur demande)
- Équipement à souder (à confirmer)
- Multimètres (à confirmer)
Si tu penses avoir besoin de quelque chose de plus, n’hésites pas à nous écrire au firstname.lastname@example.org et on regardera ce qu’on peut faire !
Voici la liste des prix offerts généreusement par nos partenaires! Ces prix permettront aux équipes gagnantes de poursuivre leurs projets et d’accélérer leur croissance.
-Une entrée dans le programme startup de Fasken Martineau d’une valeur de 10,000 $ en services, incluant l’incorporation et deux heures de consultation gratuite par mois et accès à plus de 20 documents légaux.
-Une rencontre avec Enzo Blasi, le responsable de la sélection des dossiers d’Anges Québec
-Un accompagnement personnalisé en services financiers d’une valeur de 1000$ offert par Richter
-2 billets pour le prochain évènement Startup Breakfast Club afin de pitcher votre startup et obtenir les recommendations de la communauté
-Une place à l’évènement “Testez votre pitch” de Anges Québec
-2 billets pour le prochain évènement Startup Breakfast Club afin de pitcher votre startup et obtenir les recommendations de la communauté
Blog Submitted by: Ross Collicutt
Ummm, what’s a pitch? How to present at Startup Weekend.
Pitching is a huge part of startup culture. If you want to let anyone know what you are doing, then you’re pitching them your idea. Whether it’s giving an elevator pitch to a group at a networking event or going through a slide tech with potential investors, they are only going to understand and help you if you give a good pitch.
You have to convince them that you have the best team and the best idea.
How do you do it right?
Pitching is hard. No one is born to do pitches. Maybe Steve Jobs was but he might be a little bit of an exception. We’ve pulled together some good pitching resources to get you started. Remember that you’ll be doing 2 pitches at Startup Weekend Nanaimo. You’ll have 1 minute Friday night to convince potential teammates to help you build out your idea. Then you’ll have 5 minutes to convince the judges that your idea and team is best and win the internet.. I mean the weekend.
How to Pitch by Aron Solomon, senior advisor with MaRS Discovery District’s education practice and coach at Startup Weekend Toronto
The Best Startup Pitch Desk: How to present to Angels by J. Skyler Fernandes, Managing Director at Simon Venture Group
And the biggest tips from those resources?
Showcase yourself and your team. It’s not entirely about the idea. It’s about the team that could carry that implement that idea. People might work with a mediocre idea but they aren’t going to work with people they don’t like.
Short and sweet. You’ll have one minute Friday night to pitch your idea and 5 minutes Sunday night to pitch and demo. It’s not much time. Make an impact with it.
Be clear. If people don’t understand what you are talking about, they aren’t going to do join your team or vote for your idea. Start off with a short elevator pitch and fill in the details from there.
Tell a story. People relate to stories. You won’t have much time but a story can pull people into the problem your team is solving.
Did you know that Startup Weekend New Brunswick is put together by volunteers? That’s right, the event is fully planned, organized and executed by volunteers! Would you like to find out more about the organizing team? Then read further and meet the people who make this event possible for you!
Startup Weekend New Brunswick is 100% led by volunteers with different backgrounds and experiences. Some of us are students, while others are moving through our careers. Why do we spend our time organizing Startup Weekend? To make Startup Weekend New Brunswick event the best ever, and to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship in New Brunswick, which we truly believe will serve to make our province competitive in the global economy. We also do this because it is a hella fun to work with each other, the enthusiastic participants and the awesome mentors.
Now let’s get a closer look to each of us:
Joel Richard: Joel is a passionate practicing electrical engineer with a diverse range of experiences – from military research to power projects, and currently works for Smart Skin Technologies, a product development firm here in New Brunswick. Contributing to the high-tech community as a mentor and volunteer, Joel is excited to be on the Startup Weekend NB team to help foster innovation at home.
Mahsa Kiani: Mahsa is a software developer and researcher with over a decade of experience in product development and research in various domains including
networking, search engines, databases, web technology solutions, and decision support systems. She has also collaborated with UNESCO on ICT projects, and published several scientific papers, and received the Award of Young Researchers Club. Mahsa has a B.Sc. degree in computer engineering – software, and a M.Sc. degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at UNB. Mahsa is excited to be the co-lead of Startup Weekend NB.
Robert Ogilvie: Bobby is a Project Manager and Professional Coach. His background is in sales, organizational psychology, and technology management, and he’s researching emergent leadership and team innovation performance for his MBA thesis. Aside from Startup Weekend, he’s also the Mentorship Director of Startup Fredericton, Secretary of the Union of Graduate Student Workers, and has lead many teams in Hackathons and Pitching competitions.
Dan Liu: Dan, as the Program Market Analyst for the TME program UNB Fredericton, helps students conduct market research related tasks as well as connecting them with the right resources. Graduated with B.ASc in Mechatronic Engineering from University of Waterloo, he has worked in automotive and consumer product industry. He has also worked as an entrepreneur, with numerous start-ups on projects ranging from software application to hardware development in wearable technology.
Saquib Kothawala (me): I am a freelancer in the emerging big data field with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. My expertise lies in Machine Learning and data engineering. As an independent consultant to a number of startups around the globe, I understand the challenges faced by startups not only in New Brunswick, but all over the world. I also see the wealth of untapped human potential in New Brunswick, the caliber of which, isn’t common elsewhere; and its for this reason that I feel it is very important to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship in this province.
So come join us, meet awesome people, work on fun projects and perhaps even start a business! Oh, and we will feed you all weekend and give you a whole bunch of goodies.
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Logrr is an Identity as a Service platform for enterprises that connects employees to their cloud business applications without using passwords. The security tool startup ventured through The Founder Institute’s first Canadian cohort in Montreal 2014, and it is now part of Startup Next Spring 2015 cohort.
If you’re tired of constantly having to remember and retype passwords, learn more about Logrr while their pitch to top Silicon Valley investors at Founder Institute first Virtual Global Demo Day (video-recorded).
Logrr wants to cut the costs of identity management by 50% and increase the level of security. Logrr’s mission is to connect employees to cloud applications through a Single Sign On, using digital signatures. Founder Julien Denaes states:
“We started by thinking about two facts: People always have their smartphone with them and passwords are weak…From there we decided to create a platform that enables you to authenticate without using password at all.” – Julien Denaes, CEO at Logrr
Logrr is currently enrolled in the Spring 2015 cohort of Startup Next in Montreal. The program is managed by UP Global Facilitator Sergio A. Escobar, a former entrepreneur who’s also Mentor for Accelerator programs around the world (Silicon Valley, UK, Singapore, Canada, Latin America). In 2014, Escobar graduated Navut, a startup from Montreal that helps people find the neighborhood that’s best for them, efficiently, and stress-free. Since completing Startup Next in Montreal, Navut has been able to attract $500,000 in seed funding.
Startup Next Montreal First ShowCase Demo with the entire cohort will take place at Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec on May 2 during 48H Entrepreneurs.
Startup Next is the #1 global pre-acceleration program powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and supported by Techstars. The program, which helps startups prepare for accelerators or seed investors, gives participants access to the high-impact mentorship, best practice tools and resources, plus the opportunity to gain access to capital through an extensive network of accelerators and seed investors.
Education Entrepreneurs Workshops launched during the summer of 2014 and have already spread to three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia. In Canada, fellow UP Montreal community leaders Noor El Bawab, Diana Cheptene, Marek Zaluski, Charles Gedeon and Mirjam Sulger organized the first one in the Province of Quebec.
Workshops help you teach key education entrepreneurship skills to your community. We provide you with all the materials, so you’re well equipped to create a valuable experience. You can either host a workshop 1-3 weeks before a Startup Weekend Education event, or as a stand-alone event any time during the year.
If you are passionate about education innovation, learn the foundational skills you need to launch and scale an edtech venture at a workshop near you.
Education Entrepreneurs Workshops are two hours of engaging instruction, quality guest speakers, and hands-on activities designed for an audience of about 50 people. The two Workshop topics we offer so far are:
- Edtech Business Models, and
- Customer Development and Empathy in Education.
Startup Weekend Education gives you the unique opportunity to show people in your community how to launch a startup in just one weekend. Coming together on Friday night to pitch ideas, participants from a variety of fields (e.g. educators, students, developers, designers) quickly form teams and spend the next 54 hours working together to build innovative solutions to important education problems.
I know you were probably looking forward to joining us on 20-22 March – and so were we – but due to low registrations, we’ve decided to postpone to 24-26 April 2015. This will give us more time for recruitment so that we can have a really well-attended event. This is great news for you too, because at its core Startup Weekend is all about the community of people who attend. More attendees means more energy, and more creative collisions; and we really want to give you the best experience that we possibly can.
The organizing team is deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this date change causes. Rest assured that we are working hard to make up for! We’ve got more time to make the event bigger and better. In the mean time, you may want to consider checking out some of the East Coast Startup Week events. There are a ton of cool things happening that will whet your appetite for Startup Weekend and the wonderful world of entrepreneurship.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
The Startup Weekend NB Organizing Team