Grand-messe Startup Montreal: A successful return in person thanks to the support of the National
MONTRÉAL, October 7, 2022 – More than 500 people came to discover 60 exhibiting startups at the 7th edition of the Grand-messe Startup Montréal, presented by National Bank. The event, which generated more than 1000 connections between startups and guests from the business community, took place in person, for the first time since 2019, at the Monastery in Montreal.
The 60-some exhibiting startups, all in the pre-startup or startup stage, presented their innovative solutions and were grouped into seven categories: Edtech, Environment and sustainable development, Health, Processes and Optimization, Society and Leisure, Talent, as well as past participants from our FoundHers pre-accelerator.
“The enthusiasm for Montreal’s innovation is very real, both among investors and members of the business community who came to discover young companies that make Montreal a hub for innovators. The growth of these companies is facilitated by the entire startup community of accelerators, incubators and other coaches as well as the first customers who trust them. The Grand-Messe is an opportunity to generate even more visibility and business opportunities for the participating startups,” says Liette Lamonde, executive director of Startup Montréal.
The National Bank took the opportunity to reiterate its support for Startup Montreal’s mission through a new financial support of $1 million over 5 years that will be used, among other things, in the holding of events such as the Grand-messe, and other connecting events for Montreal startups.
“Showcasing our young Montreal companies is important for the National Bank. Supporting Startup Montreal’s mission falls in line with our desire to connect startups with the Montreal business community and other international corporate leaders for the benefit of our Quebec economy. We are proud partners of the Montreal startup ecosystem and we want to see even more growth for tomorrow’s companies,” said Stéphane Achard, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Private Banking, National Bank.
Moussa Bala Fofana and Laurence Boudrias gave two blessings in the name of National Bank: first to RxTuteur, a medtech startup; and a second to niosense, a startup in the mobility sector. Congratulations to all the startups that participated in the confessional, a pitch session behind an opaque curtain. Media representatives gave blessings to these startups:
About Startup Montréal
Startup Montréal is a not-for-profit organization created through the merger of Bonjour Startup Montréal with Montréal Inc. Our mission is to increase the potential already offered by Montréal’s startup ecosystem, in two ways: by extending its outreach and by multiplying its positive impact. We pilot collective and collaborative projects – including Hypercroissance Québec, Bourse+ and the FoundHers pre-accelerator– which benefits individual entrepreneurs and the entire innovation community. To achieve our mission, we receive financial support from the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, the Government of Canada and other key partners and corporate donors. www.startupmontreal.com
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