Launching Bonjour Startup Montréal: Positioning Montreal in the top 20 startup ecosystems worldwide

Launching Bonjour Startup Montréal: Positioning Montreal in the top 20 startup ecosystems worldwide

by Startup Montréal
23 January 2019

OSMO and Montréal inc. are proud to announce the launch of Bonjour Startup Montréal, the startup ecosystem dedicated to facilitating the creation and growth of Montreal-based startups, with the ultimate goal to position the city in the top 20 most dynamic ecosystems worldwide.

This new branding, along with the first version of Bonjour Startup Montréal’s website, were unveiled today in front of dozens of startups, journalists and support organizations for entrepreneurs during Expo Entrepreneurs.

With Bonjour Startup Montréal, OSMO and Montréal inc. aim to offer the city’s startup ecosystem a strong identity, with entrepreneurs at the center of the equation. This mandate was given last July to the two organizations by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec as part of the provincial program to create various “pôles d’innovation régionaux”. The initiative is also supported by the Ville de Montréal.

“Our goal is to guide Montreal startups by acting as a connector and making sure entrepreneurs get the help they need according to where they are at in their development. We will also support in creating collaboration opportunities between large companies and startups in order to reconcile these two worlds that do not naturally connect at the moment. Both have a lot to gain from working hand in hand”, says Patrick Gagné, CEO of OSMO.

“Over the next few months, we will work closely with all of the ecosystem’s stakeholders to include them in the development of Bonjour Startup Montréal. We want to foster connections between all players, whether for the benefit of a startup or an organization. It’s essential we all work together to promote our businesses and, ultimately, our city”, adds Liette Lamonde, Executive Director of Montréal inc.

Several organizations participated in the creation of Bonjour Startup Montréal’s website, including Info entrepreneurs, Quartier de l’Innovation, Fundica, Montreal Newtech, the Institut d’entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale – HEC Montréal and Montréal International. The website will be constantly evolving to adapt to the needs of the startup ecosystem.

To mark its launch, Bonjour Startup Montréal invites all Montreal startups to express their thoughts through an online survey. Each participating startup has the chance to accompany the official Quebec delegation to world’s famous South by Southwest event, including access to the event, accommodation and plane ticket (value of $3,500). Meet us at bsm.pixelcircusclient.com for more.

Contact and media inquiries : Charlotte Blouin-Arbour, Communications Director, Bonjour Startup Montréal, charlotte@bonjourstartupmtl.ca, 514-885-9452