AccelerateMTL coming to town on April 10th

AccelerateMTL coming to town on April 10th 5886First thing's first Here's the registration link and a promo code for 25% off https://www.picatic.com/C100MTL MTLTECHWATCH (25% off 20$ ticket) AccelerateMTL is a unique chance to hear from world-class entrepreneurs, investors and executives.  The event provides networking opportunities for anyone looking to connect with the Montreal and the Silicon Valley tech ecosystems.  This year’s speakers will give a behind-the-scenes look at what it really means to scale innovation, the pros and cons of working with big corp and an inside view of investment negotiation.  Thinking of attending or suggesting the event?  We recommend AccelerateMTL for students, entrepreneurs, investors, executives, aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals interested in technology and/or business. Speakers & VIPS Include: Katherine Barr | Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures and C100 Co-chair Katherine Barr  is a partner at Mohr Davidow where she focuses primarily on investments in web and mobile consumer and business products and services that leverage data analytics and new technology   Read more…

End of the year MTLNewTech showcases StartupStache and community achievements

End of the year MTLNewTech showcases StartupStache and community achievements 5795After its 5th year and 60th edition celebration, Montreal NewTech is holding its last edition of the year at new location Café République. The event promises to get together the whole startup community and celebrate the community achievements. Event organizer Heri Rakotomalala will present a recap of Montreal NewTech in 2013, summing up the different monthly events throughout the year as well as other community involvements. Noah Redler from Startup Canada Montreal will present the achievements in building a strong Montreal and Canadian startup ecosystem, such as successes, investments, new structures, and overall numbers. This time, MTL NewTech is also synonymous of startupstache, a community initiative to help bring awareness to prostate cancer. It will salute the time and energy put forward by members of the community to raise funds for a valuable cause, in times where 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with this form of cancer. David   Read more…


Bitcredits.io is a simple Bitcoin payment processor

Bitcredits.io is a simple Bitcoin payment processor 5745Editor's correction: the retail store is going to be open later this year, and not in 3 weeks as written previously Bitcredits.io is one of the startups housed at Bitcoin Embassy. It's a simple payment processor that you can embed on your website, and lets you charge viewers for content (such as media), or simply sell online. One of the current implementation was charging for video streaming and also a DVD for those who can't attend an international Bitcoin conference. Bitcredits also remembers a balance for users that's reusable for future content consumption, giving way for Netflix-like websites powered by Bitcoin, or the real possibility for bloggers to get revenues through micro-donations, as below: Practically, implementation is through embedded javascript. While in early stage, I believe Bitcredits is well suited for most blogs or media websites. The founder says he's exploring opportunities for growth, we talked offling retailing, but of   Read more…


#hackmtl : 140 developers, 36 projects, 24 hours hackathon at the olympic stadium

999105_518699401117_1460480337_n (1) 5500Organized by the MTLStartupTalent team in partnership with PasswordBox, #hackmtl was held this weekend at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, first friday at the lower conference room with technical presentations on javascript, and then at the top of the tower the following saturday for an all-day hackathon. The organizers had the first edition a year ago at Notman House, focused on node.js, mongodb and redis. This time, it was about node.js, but as well about security and Google Chrome Web Extension. Marc-Antoine Ross from PasswordBox presents the hard knocks of building a multi-browser extension. The event gathered a lot of Computer science students from schools such as ETS, McGill and UQAM. Here we have early Saturday morning early risers going to the top of the Olympic Stadium What a view! Developers could see an inspiring view of Montreal, in a reserved floor just for the hackathon. Telus had   Read more…


International Startup Festival 2013 infographic: successes, numbers, reach and leaders

International Startup Festival 2013 infographic: successes, numbers, reach and leaders 5396Startup Festival 2013 was lots of fun. I was there for the full 4 days. Instead of a full blog post, here's a fun infographic. Do share and tweet! Credit : Heri Photography   Read more…


Startup Festival Montreal 2013 Review

Startup Festival Montreal 2013 Review 5387The previous 2 editions of Montreal Startup Festival were nice, but this year's edition definitely takes the prize. In the spirit of Agile Development the event has undergone another iteration. Even though the event is still centered around great speakers and various workshops there were some notable changes. First of all the location has been shifted closer to the core of Old Port. In 2012 the event seemed more tucked away in of the piers, but this year it's accessed directly through the Science Center. Because it's in such a prominent location, it's virtually impossible for the visitors to get lost, there are also more restaurants around and you feel like you're right in the center of the action. The presentation tents have been moved onto the grass (right past the railroad tracks) which is great for visibility since general public walks right around the area. Another small, but important detail: this year   Read more…


Is your Startup Hosted in Montreal?

Hostingcon 5283Last week, I was at Hostingcon, a yearly Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers, which took place in Austin, TX. I had the chance to represent iWeb and share my thoughts about How to Build a Cloud on a panel discussion with Ditlev from OnApp, Rob from Dell (also sitting on the Openstack board), Tony from Flexiant and Ryan from Microsoft on a panel that discussed the technologies, pitfalls and challenges of building a Cloud. My view on the subject was that Cloud Platforms are gaining maturity and that in order to Build a Cloud today you should build it on top of an existing platform. Whether you are going to choose Openstack, OnApp, Microsoft, Cloudstack, Flexiant, Open Nebula or another platform will mostly depend on your expertise,   Read more…


Spring and summer startup accelerators application deadlines

Spring and summer startup accelerators application deadlines 5019Attention entrepreneurs! Here are the upcoming application deadlines for spring/summer accelerator programs. Get those applications ready now!   January 18th - Techstars NYC

18k + 100k convertible note at graduation, based in NYC January 20th - Startup bootcamp Amsterdam

15k per team, 3 months based in Amsterdam, Netherlands January 21st - Wayra

50k for 5-10% equity, in various cities of Latin America and Europe February 8th - Founder Fuel

50k for 9% equity, 150k at graduation, 3 months based in Montreal February 14th - Extreme Startups

50k upfront, 150k at graduation, 3 months based in Toronto April 2nd - Start-Up Chile

40k equity-free, 6 months based in Chile April 3rd - MassChallenge

No upfront cash, but the top 10-20 teams split 1,000,000$ in prizes. 4 months based in Boston Massachusetts   Not an accelerator, but a good program to keep   Read more…


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