Whether you've already started your business, or you've only just started dreaming up ways to go after your goals, there are tons of conferences to help support you in your life quest. So, Montreal influencers, entrepreneurs, or people just starting out in the business world - this one's for you!
If you've ever wanted to be in the presence of greatness, look no further than this Montreal event. Featuring panel discussions, networking opportunities, Q&A sessions, guest speakers, and keynote speaker Gary Vaynerchuk, this is pretty much one of the most valuable conferences going on in the city right now.
Helpful hint: if you're down to go, make sure to use the code MTLBLOGISIN to get 20% off your single tickets, or TEAMMTLBLOG to get 33% off (buy 2, get 1 free).
Creativity is key at this three-day immersive conference. Mixing together business and fresh perspectives, this event aims to inspire and challenge businesses in a collaborative setting to make sure they're always bringing their A-game!
Featuring three different keynote speakers, as well as a networking cocktail, a startup panel, and much more, the 2017 YES Entrepreneur Conference is pretty much going to offer anyone thinking of getting into the business of business a whole wealth of incredibly valuable information.
Ever get a little stressed or worries that you just might be failing? Well, don't even sweat it. This Montreal conference celebrates the failed attempt, and shows us that it's really just another stepping stone towards your goal. Speakers include comedian/actor Patrick Brosseau, ex-Olympian Tina Poitras, and many more!
If you want to get to know exactly what it takes to make it in the world of the startup business, look no further than Startupfest. A three day conference featuring mentors, keynote speakers, investors, and much more, there's probably no better place to be make sure you have all the knowledge you need for a successful startup!
People in the digital ecommerce industry, rejoice, because this conference is for you. With two full days of inspiration, creativities, speakers, and networking opportunities, 2017's eComm MTL is sure to be exactly what you need to make sure you're on the pulse of your industry.
Launching your own startup is kind of difficult in Montreal, but when you have tons of support and information at your disposal, it's actually not that complicated! And this free conference aims to offer all the help and support you need, with speakers, netowkring opportunities, and more!
Although this event doesn't have details available just yet, judging by their last conferences in Montreal, it's going to be one super helpful session, with helpful tips on app creation, speakers, and much more!
Women make up over half of the Canadian population, but when it comes to owning a business, they're seriously underrepresented — less than 16% of entrepreneurs in Canada are women.
When women do take on leadership positions, they become role models for young girls and pave the way for pay equality.
Women-led businesses also create new jobs four times faster than the national average and create companies at double the national average, so why do they account for so little of Canadian entrepreneurs?
Typically cited reasons for the gender gap range from differences in work experience to unconscious gender bias, but equal participation of women in the economy remains one of the most important issues of our time.
That's why YES Employment + Entrepreneurship is advancing women's economic empowerment with programs and courses designed to help women build their network, gain access to mentors and play a leadership role within Canada's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
If you own a women-led startup in Montreal, these services by YES are a great place to start if you're looking for support, training, funding and — ultimately — success.
From weekly one-on-one meetings with a dedicated ELLEvate Business Coach, access to legal and accounting information, funding (up to $10,000!), awards and everything in between, this program is there to help you succeed.
Just take a look at previous winners, Julie Tzeng, Marlee Rabin and Aliyeh Rasooli zadeh, who all achieved greater success both during and after the program.
Julie (pictured below, left), the founder of Arshae, a stylish and sustainably sourced shoe company, was the first-place $10,000 winner of the program's competition and was able to secure a partnership with École de Technologie Supérieure.
In the same year, Marlee (pictured below, right) also won $2,500 as part of the ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator.
Aliyeh, the founder of Triple F Group, won $7,500 as the pre-accelerator's second-place winner and $25,000 from Entreprendre Ici. She was also a finalist in the Scotia Bank Women’s Initiative Competition.
If you're looking to start your own business, or are already there but in need of guidance, ELLEvate also provides women with specialized online workshops.
For $10 per workshop, you can get strategies to find opportunities, overcome challenges and make your mark.
Designed and influenced by Quebec-based women entrepreneurs for women entrepreneurs just like you, ELLEvate's e-learning courses cover everything you need to know about sales and funding.
Learn about the different sales processes and techniques to increase customers and sales, and discover what funding sources are most suitable for your business' needs.
If you're interested in signing up, stay tuned. These courses will be launching at the end of March. You can visit the ELLEvate website for more information.
If you're a Montreal-based, women-led startup looking to delve deeper into the startup ecosystem and gain mentorship and funding throughout the process, ELLEvate might just be the perfect place to start.
Entrepreneurs like Andrea Bomo, health coach and business owner; Samantha Bateman, founder of Integria Consulting; and Taïna Chalifoux, Montreal's "Coffee Queen" (pictured below), agree ELLEvate would have made a huge difference to them when starting their businesses.
If you’re curious about some of the women taking their businesses to the next level with the help of ELLEvate, check out the #TogetherWeELLEvate campaign on social media.
Price: Prices vary depending on the course or program selected.
Why You Need To Participate: Whether you run a women-led startup, you have a business idea or you're looking to learn more about the world of entrepreneurship, ELLEvate will provide you with the tools needed to hit the ground running.
Montreal is emerging as one of Canada’s leading city for tech and AI innovation. But the city’s technological impact isn’t limited to our nation’s borders.
Montreal is one of the most high-tech cities in the entire world.
That’s not some lofty, unsubstantiated claim, either. Research firm 2thinkknow, in collaboration with Business Insider and the World Economic Forum, compiled data on the cities around the globe, then listed out the most technologically advanced.
Cities were ranked on ten different weighted factors associated to technological development. Number of patents filed, the startups present, the presence of smart energy networks, and even the level of smartphone use are all factors used to rank the 85 cities included in the study.
Once all the information was analyzed, twenty-five urban centres were chosen as “the most high-tech cities in the world.” And, again, Montreal made the list.
At a respectable #18, Montreal was praised for its strong startup culture and innovation in the fields of wearable technology and virtual reality. Vrvana, Hexoskin, and OMSignal were all specifically mentioned in the short write-up for Montreal, all of which make apparel that tracks a wearer’s biometric signals.
Other Canadian cities made the list, ranking higher than Montreal. Vancouver came in at #14 and Toronto scored a top-ten spot at #9.
At the top of the list at #1 is, unsurprisingly, San Francisco. As the beating heart of North America’s tech scene, obviously San Fran would win out over everybody else.
To see how Montreal placed in relation to the other cities on the list, see the full ranking here, or check out a bare-bones ranking below.
25. Washington, DC 24. Barcelona, Spain 23. Copenhagen, Denmark 22. Hong Kong, China 21. Berlin, Germany 20. Shenzhen, China 19. Bangalore, India 18. Montreal, Canada 17. Shanghai, China 16. Beijing, China 15. Amsterdam, the Netherlands 14. Vancouver, Canada 13. Stockholm, Sweden 12. Tokyo, Japan 11. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas 10. Chicago, Illinois 9. Toronto, Canada 8. Singapore 7. Boston, Massachusetts 6. Taipei, Taiwan 5. Seoul, South Korea 4. Los Angeles, California 3. London, England 2. New York, New York 1. San Francisco, California
One of the biggest reasons why I love Montreal so much is because there's such a diverse and huge group of people who live here. We've got people creating things, doing things, living their best lives - it's honestly such an awesome population.
After starting off her company in her parents' basement, Tiffany Youssef's Tea You has shot to popularity. The Montreal-based clothing brand has recently become a favourite of Kylie Jenner and Joyce Bonneli, one of the Kardashian's makeup artists.
Honestly, is there anything Sterling Downey can't do? He's a City Councillor in Verdun, co-founder of the Fresh Paint Gallery and founder of the Under Pressure Festival, and is the Homelessness and Animal Management critic for Projet Montreal. To say that Sterling Downey spent 2016 doing amazing things would be an understatement. It's more like he's been spending his life doing amazing things, to be honest.
Chrissy Sgourakis owns Haute Balloon, the first luxury balloon shop in Montreal; and let me tell you, she is killing it. In 2016, her work has been pretty much everywhere. Chances are, if you've ever been to an event and have been seriously amazed by an array of gorgeous, larger-than-life, specialty balloons, then you know exactly where it came from.
This Quebecoise journalist is based in New York City; this year, she launched her second book, 300 Reasons To Love San Francisco, featuring pictures and moments that'll make you fall in love with the city.
This Montreal-based interior designer and founder of La Chambre Design Co. has some serious skills, which seriously shined throughout the year. Some of her more notable projects this year? Montreal's Kampai Garden (!), A5 Hospitality, and Billie Le Kid, to name a few.
These three entrepreneurs are the brains behind Montreal's Atelier New Regime. This year, the super popular fashion brand launched their first flagship store in Montreal, helping to cement Montreal's status as one of the most stylish spots in North America.
The owners of Montreal-based swimwear line Salty Bikini, these two friends combined their respective skills in business and design to create a business they truly loved. Taking inspiration from the sand, sun, and water, this beachy swimwear line has only opened up earlier this year, but is already gaining a whole lot of popularity.
The son of business mogul Laurence Stroll, Lance Stroll's talent lies in racing. By his Instagram account, it's clear that he spent the year practicing and honing his racing skills - and all this practice paid off, as he is set to be the world's youngest F1 driver.
To say that Kimberly Lallouz has done a lot this year would be a huge understatement. After being a chef for Miss Pret A Manger and Resto Bar Monsieur, Kimberly opened up Montreal's Le Bird Bar in November. Not only that, but she also hosted "Les Garden-Partys de Kimberly" on Zeste this year, too!
You've probably noticed a whole lot of this Montrealer's work a whole lot throughout the city - and that's because this Montreal-based street artist is both hard working and extremely talented. In early 2016, his work was featured in a bunch of events and on a whole lot of super cool merchandise.
Honestly, I'll always admire people who pursue their dreams - and Montrealer Ver Sepasi is doing just that. Combining her love of travel and photography into a career, this Montrealer has spent the year travelling, taking pictures, and making a living off of her two passions. Goals AF.
Helping to put Montreal music on the map, Frederick Durand (AKA Snails) has spent the later half of 2016 touring in the U.S. and gathering a massive following. This DJ and producer might have slayed in 2016, but 2017 looks even brighter for this Montreal-based artist.
If you're in Montreal, you know exactly who Antonio Park is. This celebrity chef is involved in tons of awesome projects. Notably, he owns Park and Lavanderia restaurants, among many others; in 2016, he opened up Kampai Garden, and although Park suffered damage from a Westmount fire late in the year, it quickly recovered and returned better than ever.
The owner of Beachclub and one seriously awesome Snapchat (and Instagram!) account, Olivier Primeau has spent pretty much all of 2016 doing amazing things. I feel like he's Montreal's version Scott Disick, except a whole lot more awesome.
That's just because Montreal has a thing for independent, strong women who have the motivation and perseverance to do everything and anything they put their minds to. Right ladies? Let's stick together and create more Boss Girls, the world needs more of that.
Jacqueline is the Co-Founder alongside Ryan at Rustique Pie Kitchen. Jacqueline obtained a BCom from Concordia University and launched her pastry boutique shop about 3 years ago. It has been a success ever since, and has even expanded to wholesale (in stores and supermarket such as 5 Saisons) and catering for weddings/special event.
Tara is the Founder and CEO of BESTIA Fight Gear, a Montreal based mixed Martial Arts equipment that features innovative designs and products with high quality at competitive prices. She sells Martial Arts fitness equipment to MMA leaders and some of the BEST in the game.
Owner of Dashing Date, a Montreal based dating company. They offer a night out in a trendy environment where singles can meet, connect and socialize over cocktails. Weekly events entertain about 20 hand selected, pre-screened guests in aiming to ensure an attractive, interesting and professional crowd. Dashing Date has surpassed over 125 events and expanded operation to Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary. They are now on set to share the Dashing Date experience in multiple Canadian cities.
CEO and Co-Founder of Pink Kiwi Mobile. Olivia created and designed two iOS apps that combined the engaging power of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books and text messaging. The goal was to make storytelling interactive and social. Created partnerships with publishers, applied for a patent, launched the first one and tracked metrics using Localytics and Flurry to constantly improve and achieve successful retention and conversion metrics.
President of Mango Software Inc. (alongside partner Alexandre Mensi). Mango is a start up tech/software company that already generates a revenue above 1 million, doing business in Canada, USA, Costa-Rica, France and Turkey!