A Canadian in Chile: how to escape winter and receive 40k equity-free

A Canadian in Chile: how to escape winter and receive 40k equity-free 4976Simon Papineau is the founder of QA on Request, a crowdsourced software testing company. He has been involved in video games and software development since 2003, working for Gameloft and Frima Studio. In 2009 he co-founded the web and mobile development studio WE+ARE, which he sold in 2011. The North American start-up scene nowadays revolves a lot around accelerators. Entrepreneurs want to get into Founder Fuel and Y Combinator, hoping that this will be their road to riches. One alternative that’s often overlooked is further down south, in the form of a program called Start-Up Chile. 200 entrepreneurs a year receive 40,000$ of equity-free seed capital, a 1-year visa, and access to social and capital networks in Chile. I am part of the 5th generation of Start-Up Chile entrepreneurs, called "SUPers", and I've been in Chile since October 2012. I am one of four canadian teams in my cohort, the   Read more…


Multiculturalisme et Start-Up International

Multiculturalisme et Start-Up International 4398L'article suivant a été écrit par Miguel Molina Cecchetti (linkedinTwitter), Montréalais, Vénézuélien, citoyen du monde, mais aussi entrepreneur Traduit par Laurence Robitaille (linkedin) Publié pour la première fois dans le MIT Entrepreneurship Review Dans l’économie globale actuelle, on entend souvent parler de start-ups internationaux qui ciblent des marchés internationaux et dont les membres se trouvent dispersés dans différents pays; ainsi que des défis que de telles conditions génèrent. En plus des défis de base, les start-ups internationaux se heurtent à de nombreuses complications, par exemple devoir naviguer un nouveau cadre légal et culturel, planifier en tenant compte de plusieurs réalités géopolitiques, ainsi que gérer des dynamiques socio-économiques teintées par les valeurs et émotions des différents membres de l’équipe. Utiliser une langue de travail commune comme l’anglais aide certainement à atténuer certaines de ces difficultés. Mais il est également crucial d’avoir une structure organisationnelle et un cadre d’opération qui   Read more…


3 Montreal startups accepted in StartupChile

Ateneo Digital Logo 3225For those looking to integrate accelerator programs, it's good to know there are many prospects worldwide, and StartupChile is one of the new programs making new headlines. They just announced yesterday the final list of startups coming in Chile, and there's 3 startups from Montréal. The first is Alteneo Digital, a media play looking to build a publishing platform, with a free and paying components. The application is at a very good time for Alteneo, since they've just unveiled their site, and were looking for the first funds to fund development, as well as fund business development. The second is Bespoke mobility, which as the name suggests, is a mobile play, with the goal of working on contextual data to send relevant data to mobile applications. It's an ambitious venture, and like Alteneo, StartupChile comes at a good time, extending their runway a little bit more. The third startup is   Read more…