Community crowdfunding: the final key to make the Notman House project succeed

Community crowdfunding: the final key to make the Notman House project succeed 4868Currently, Notman House on 51 Sherbrooke west is known for its free café and event space, and also the various coworking spaces available for freelancers and tech startups, as well as various organizations such as Ile-Sans-Fil. The final vision is more ambitious though : instead of just renting the house, the plan is to buy the hospital and house, expand available space, build a new café open the public. The tech startups community is now rallying to this vision with a crowdfunding campaign, that's starting off today on indiegogo. As explain in the video, already 89% of the funds have been secured, and there's just 11% that's left. For those who were wondering what's the status of the project, or how they can get involved, it's a great opportunity to support this initiative. So far, Notman has had over 10,000 visitors, 200 projects and 200 events within its walls in just   Read more…


Dose of reality: 3 practical trends in HealthTech for 2012

Dose of reality: 3 practical trends in HealthTech for 2012 3911January is perennially a time for hopefully predictions . 2011 was a year that healthcare startups broke into the scene and on that momentum there have been some heady and futuristic forecasting. While I share the enthusiasm, as most of us shake off the hangovers and get back to work this week, I make some less sensational but more sober thoughts on 3 trends in healthcare tech drawing on analogies from other industries.

1. E-scheduling: Zocdoc.com (and healthaware.ca in Canada) are two of the first major players in this space and the $50 million additional round of funding for Zocdocs shows how much room there is to grow in this space. But it is still much easier to book a flight online than it is to book a medical appointment and we are still waiting for the kayak or hipmunk of medicine. One opportunity is to make e-scheduling   Read more…


Comparison between Montreal, QC and Tel-Aviv, Israel as a tech hub

Comparison between Montreal, QC and Tel-Aviv, Israel as a tech hub 3456There's an interesting article at the BBC on how Israel is now home to 4000 startups. While the article seems to be pure promotion painting the country as a paradise for tech entrepreneurs, it's an interest read for investors and entrepreneur-friendly organizations. Here's a table showing the key elements: #israel td {border:1px solid; color:#444;padding:5px;} Tel-Aviv, Israel Montreal / Quebec / Canada Groups promoting the country or place as a fertile place for technology Israel Venture Capital Research Centre and others Media coverage, blogs + c100, CVCA, Export QC and others A fund of funds tasked into channel money in local technology firms Yozma program in 1993 Teralys Capital since 2009 Entrepreunarial drive Lack of hierarchy, a constant drive for individualism, regular risk taking, entrepreneurship Montreal has a good mix of lack of hierarchy and a drive for individualism. Needs more risk taking though Attracts foreign capital Yes, strong outreach, especially US Need more outreach R&D efforts and science Highest percentage of engineers and mathematicians in   Read more…


Idea2delivery starts a web-based reality show on entrepreneurs

Screen shot 2011-07-21 at 3.58.44 PM 3023We've met Wendy Mahew at Startup Festival. Sponsored by iWeb, She's representing idea2delivery, a project celebrating entrepreneurs. The site aims to connect entrepreneurs, provide educational and informational resources, tools for entrepreneurs such as white papers, plus also a section dedicated to showcase startups and small businesses. The real highlight of the project though is a reality show / documentary following entrepreneurs in their startup process, from crafting business plans, meeting potential partners, launching the business etc. The first pilote episode is already on youtube, and is getting very positive reviews. idea2delivery has sponsors supporting the project, Rogers and HTC, but is also supported by BUsiness Launch Solutions, a company by Wendy Mahew providing consulting services to the startup community in Ottawa. It's interesting to see more and more multimedia telling the stories of entrepreneurs, on a web format accessible by millions of viewers. See here another film crew from   Read more…


It’s the community, stupid

It’s the community, stupid 2888VentureBeat wrote a couple of days ago how Amsterdam aims to attract tech entrepreneurs. The article highlights the infrastructure (events, places, communities) offered by existing startups and individuals, and how it paves the way into making Amsterdam a place known in Europe for innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Here's a quote: What sets us apart is cooperation, instead of competition. Two developers might be working on the same problem, but it’s not the same app, or they’d merge. They each have their own vision, and punters will be attracted to one or the other based on the strength of that vision. If one developer happens to have better table view performance, they will share that code with their colleague, because table view performance is not our business. We cooperate, because we are friends. If one of us does something to piss the other off, we don’t call out the lawyers, we call up   Read more…


Upcoming: CoFounders June 22nd @ Notman House

Upcoming: CoFounders June 22nd @ Notman House 2819 For all those who are starting new projects, and looking for business or technical partners, or those who have already started, and find now they need a partner to make things happen, Montreal NewTech is doing a CoFounders event next wednesday from 6pm, at Notman House. The last Cofounders had from 25 to 30 attendees, and we very positive feedback, and therefore we will use the same format we've tried in the past cofounders, with the speed dating format. You meet and talk to a potential cofounder for only 3 minutes. You only have that very short time to present yourself, present what you're doing and what you're looking for, and see at the same time what the other person is looking for. Pretty much like a speed dating event, but this time it's for a tech startup!   Read more…


StartupCanada wants to lobby for Canadian entrepreneurship

StartupCanada wants to lobby for Canadian entrepreneurship 2778  Disclaimer: I am doing enterprising.ly, a marketplace of service providers, to support tech projects A new initiative entitled Startup Canada Campaign aims to "celebrate, inspire, & accelerate" Canadian entrepreneurship, with 2 main initiatives: fostering first discussions about canadian entrepreneurship, and provides a marketplace of support services for startups. For the past year, we've seen around the world different initiatives. There was first StartupAmerica, an initiative by Barack Obama to support entrepreneurship, mainly by early-stage & innovation funds, as well as partnerships with proven programs like TechStars. Another brilliant program is Startup Chile, which aims to propulse Chile into the 21st century. With open arms, Chile is inviting talent to come over & launch businesses, with funds to help the bootstrapping process. You can check out a video here to understand the motivation behind the program, and lots of hackers and entrepreneurs got the message by going there,   Read more…